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 Thu, May. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$31,610,367--3,615--$8,744$31,610,3670Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$5,804,129--3,925--$1,479$5,804,1290Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$4,541,610-3%4,155--$1,093$113,595,2871Disney
4Bridesmaids$2,128,3352%2,93719$725$68,606,5552Universal
5Thor$948,778-13%3,296-667$288$150,359,3033Paramount
6Fast Five$619,920-14%3,024-769$205$189,409,1004Universal
7Priest (2011)$236,967-43%1,918-946$124$25,562,2812Sony / Screen Gems
8Something Borrowed$224,268-32%1,604-1300$140$32,914,3263Warner Bros.
9Rio (2011)$155,270-52%1,606-1323$97$133,041,2746Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$159,097-28%939-1096$169$32,281,0663Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$127,762-45%761-1664$168$53,329,4655Fox
3Rango$36,3887%30286$120$121,355,87112Paramount
4Soul Surfer$34,507-57%401-1067$86$40,889,0227Sony / TriStar
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$33,385-47%359-1090$93$51,962,9105Lionsgate
6Limitless$30,863-9%35759$86$78,237,30610Relativity Media
7Everything Must Go$29,605-40%24527$121$1,823,4182Roadside Attractions
8Hanna$29,032-11%279-146$104$39,309,5227Focus
9Jane Eyre (2011)$28,171-10%208-40$135$10,495,95111Focus
10Win Win$21,208-15%202-46$105$9,450,68510Fox Searchlight
11Source Code$20,224-43%377-249$54$53,110,4888Summit
12HOP$18,8856%270-189$70$107,281,4058Universal
13Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$18,273-52%642-634$28$9,382,8104Weinstein Company
14The Lincoln Lawyer$17,572-16%179-166$98$56,599,36910Lionsgate
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$16,13814%253-58$64$51,946,4909Fox
16The Conspirator$15,528-37%269-101$58$10,999,7876Roadside Attractions
17The Beaver$15,289-26%16863$91$659,5483Summit
18Insidious$15,114-57%501-261$30$52,571,2568FilmDistrict
19Arthur (2011)$12,0491%204-140$59$32,854,8467Warner Bros.
20Scream 4$7,649-17%205-221$37$37,758,3546Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$79,19612%50-7$1,584$5,639,9147Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$25,4697%340$749$25,132,42062Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Adjustment Bureau$9,310-15%98-66$95$62,495,64512Universal
4The King's Speech$3,21143%40-31$80$138,762,72726Weinstein Company
5Red Riding Hood$2,7059%44-56$61$37,662,16211Warner Bros.
6Sucker Punch$2,091-24%32-107$65$36,392,5029Warner Bros.
735 and Ticking$1,487-9%6--$248$37,6681Image Entertainment
8Kill the Irishman$847-22%12-1$71$1,158,00011Anchor Bay Films
9Biutiful$471-11%0-11--$5,097,63021Roadside Attractions
10Meet Monica Velour$303-9%21$152$33,0427Anchor Bay Films
11Skateland$237-60%119$22$17,2252Freestyle Releasing
12Dum Maaro Dum$216-5%11-9$20$560,7585Fox Searchlight
13Go For It!$129-91%17-201$8$176,6362Lionsgate / Pantelion
14The Music Never Stopped$97870%5--$19$243,03210Roadside Attractions