Grosses

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Arrives with $24.45M on Wednesday; 'Exodus' Falls to Second with $1.31MDecember 18, 2014 12:16 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies debuted with $24.45 million on Wednesday. That figure includes the estimated $11.2 million the film grossed from Tuesday night shows (which represented a very significant 45.8 percent of the film's opening day gross).

The Battle of the Five Armies opened 22 percent below the $31.19 million opening day performance of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, though that was expected given that The Desolation of Smaug opened on a Friday. The Battle of the Five Armies opened 6.5 percent below the $26.16 million Wednesday start of 2002's The Two Towers, which went on to gross $102.05 million in its first five days of release. Given that The Battle of the Five Armies will likely experience more initial front-loading in comparison; the last chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy appears to be on course for a five-day start in the area of $88 million to $95 million.

After leading the daily box office for the previous five days, Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings fell to second on Wednesday with $1.31 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a sharp 41 percent from Tuesday. Clearly Exodus: Gods and Kings took a big hit from the arrival of The Battle of the Five Armies in the marketplace. Exodus: Gods and Kings has grossed $29.61 million in six days of release. That places the film an underwhelming 2 percent behind the $30.2 million six-day start of the far less expensive Son of God earlier this year.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was down one spot and 25 percent from Tuesday to land in third with $1.02 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a healthy 26.5 percent from last Wednesday. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $280.39 million in 27 days. That leaves the film $19.61 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone. Mockingjay - Part 1 is running 22.5 percent behind the $361.59 million 27-day take of last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Paramount's Top Five placed in sixth for the day with $0.447 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down one spot and a solid 24 percent from Tuesday. Top Five has grossed $8.44 million in six days of moderate release. The low-budget film continues to perform on the low end of expectations, but hopes to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong critical reviews and planned expansions.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, May. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$10,390,390-32%3,9638$2,622$119,455,3522Paramount
2Bridesmaids$7,820,240-26%2,918--$2,680$26,247,4101Universal
3Fast Five$5,594,675-37%3,793131$1,475$169,690,4703Universal
4Priest (2011)$3,688,947-35%2,864--$1,288$14,953,6641Sony / Screen Gems
5Rio (2011)$2,880,172-24%2,929-329$983$125,243,1985Fox
6Jumping the Broom$1,774,949-46%2,0350$872$25,760,0042Sony / TriStar
7Something Borrowed$1,713,601-40%2,9040$590$25,518,7332Warner Bros.
8Water for Elephants$1,212,478-34%2,425-189$500$48,578,8754Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$542,833-49%1,449-432$375$50,232,1824Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$513,135-38%1,468-313$350$39,232,9566Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$478,328-6%1,276-1229$375$8,562,8613Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Everything Must Go$232,731-31%218--$1,068$791,6761Roadside Attractions
2Source Code$206,380-48%626-304$330$52,233,8017Summit
3Insidious$197,880-54%762-239$260$51,674,3127FilmDistrict
4Hanna$173,617-34%425-323$409$38,604,2606Focus
5The Conspirator$136,130-37%370-87$368$10,492,6025Roadside Attractions
6HOP$128,520-32%459-443$280$106,854,7157Universal
7Win Win$114,162-43%248-20$460$8,934,3329Fox Searchlight
8Jane Eyre (2011)$106,096-26%2480$428$9,971,49710Focus
9The Lincoln Lawyer$104,631-46%345-95$303$56,111,7529Lionsgate
10Limitless$93,734-43%298-81$315$77,563,5889Relativity Media
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$91,621-32%311-28$295$51,635,7008Fox
12Scream 4$63,983-47%426-907$150$37,509,3155Weinstein Company
13Arthur (2011)$63,756-38%344-11$185$32,568,5076Warner Bros.
14Rango$56,714-51%216-61$263$120,760,01711Paramount
15Battle: Los Angeles$52,303-35%225-4$232$83,271,42310Sony / Columbia
16The Beaver$51,070-25%10583$486$311,5582Summit
17Go For It!$40,319-12%218--$185$119,7141Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Adjustment Bureau$31,160-60%164-51$190$62,295,88511Universal
19Paul$27,150-42%181-23$150$37,371,3859Universal
20Your Highness$22,200-45%148-16$150$21,557,2406Universal
21Sucker Punch$20,278-37%139-71$146$36,322,9678Warner Bros.
22Red Riding Hood$15,634-42%100-56$156$37,611,98710Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$109,5770%57-2$1,922$4,817,1766Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$32,288-20%342$950$24,821,45661Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Just Go With It$15,136-37%89-44$170$103,028,10914Sony / Columbia
4The King's Speech$10,250-47%71-19$144$138,714,56325Weinstein Company
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$9,226-6%5029$185$1,331,5186Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Beastly$7,004-39%46-30$152$27,854,89611CBS Films
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$6,698-41%38-14$176$37,892,60513Fox
8Kill the Irishman$4,846-32%13-10$373$1,135,22510Anchor Bay Films
9Cedar Rapids$2,901-38%12-10$242$6,844,89214Fox Searchlight
10Biutiful$2,853-34%11-5$259$5,085,42420Roadside Attractions
11Dum Maaro Dum$2,230-60%20-13$112$551,3984Fox Searchlight
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$1,797-43%34-430$53$1,183,3543Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13Skateland$1,686-2%2--$843$5,2541Freestyle Releasing
14The Company Men$996-48%11-24$91$4,439,06317Weinstein Company
15Miral$955-13%50$191$371,3528Weinstein Company
16The Music Never Stopped$492-22%5-2$98$239,5769Roadside Attractions
17Meet Monica Velour$472-29%1--$472$28,3236Anchor Bay Films