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 Fri, May. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$34,860,549--4,155--$8,390$34,860,5491Disney
2Bridesmaids$6,387,975123%2,93719$2,175$44,847,2152Universal
3Thor$4,353,42298%3,924-39$1,109$134,259,5773Paramount
4Fast Five$3,151,140148%3,622-171$870$178,739,7254Universal
5Priest (2011)$1,441,55883%2,8640$503$20,524,6862Sony / Screen Gems
6Something Borrowed$1,193,388118%2,606-298$458$29,196,4533Warner Bros.
7Rio (2011)$1,113,904167%2,593-336$430$128,110,5556Fox
8Jumping the Broom$1,068,468155%1,472-563$726$28,686,0203Sony / TriStar
9Water for Elephants$663,22074%1,894-531$350$50,940,7945Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Soul Surfer$277,493143%984-484$282$39,958,1637Sony / TriStar
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$269,434119%912-537$295$51,036,4245Lionsgate
3Insidious$160,869139%501-261$321$52,119,2478FilmDistrict
4Everything Must Go$154,913140%24527$632$1,254,5332Roadside Attractions
5Source Code$119,19663%377-249$316$52,663,0308Summit
6Rango$100,611503%30286$333$120,917,47412Paramount
7Limitless$94,964168%35759$266$77,822,70810Relativity Media
8Hanna$83,48453%279-146$299$38,946,3547Focus
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$74,58314%642-634$116$8,902,2694Weinstein Company
10Win Win$70,132123%202-46$347$9,144,95210Fox Searchlight
11The Lincoln Lawyer$68,567109%258-87$266$56,323,53310Lionsgate
12The Conspirator$66,46864%269-101$247$10,732,7546Roadside Attractions
13Jane Eyre (2011)$62,59827%208-40$301$10,218,42711Focus
14HOP$61,955238%354-105$175$106,996,9608Universal
15The Beaver$56,995244%16863$339$448,6383Summit
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$48,174272%253-58$190$51,750,6089Fox
17Arthur (2011)$41,32581%237-107$174$32,710,9457Warner Bros.
18The Adjustment Bureau$35,955237%116-48$310$62,380,22012Universal
19Scream 4$28,1562%205-221$137$37,654,5546Weinstein Company
20Battle: Los Angeles$27,477--170-55$162$83,368,58011Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$86,8513%50-7$1,737$5,191,0027Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$35,2073%340$1,036$24,981,40562Warner Bros. / IMAX
335 and Ticking$9,944--6--$1,657$9,9441Image Entertainment
4Sucker Punch$7,813-8%45-94$174$36,363,1259Warner Bros.
5The King's Speech$6,40631%40-31$160$138,739,26226Weinstein Company
6Red Riding Hood$5,29118%50-50$106$37,636,20111Warner Bros.
7Go For It!$3,794-59%64-154$59$162,0462Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Kill the Irishman$3,204130%12-1$267$1,144,27111Anchor Bay Films
9Skateland$2,420275%119$220$10,2022Freestyle Releasing
10Dum Maaro Dum$1,431116%11-9$130$556,1745Fox Searchlight
11Biutiful$1,01926%7-4$146$5,091,39821Roadside Attractions
12The Music Never Stopped$846348%50$169$241,03410Roadside Attractions
13Meet Monica Velour$40764%21$204$29,5937Anchor Bay Films