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. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$26,274,106-12%3,615--$7,268$117,556,6611Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$16,038,952-13%3,925--$4,086$53,460,4311Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$13,719,408-10%4,1649$3,295$153,424,2612Disney
4Bridesmaids$5,827,260-4%2,95821$1,970$85,157,9103Universal
5Thor$3,410,364-6%3,296-628$1,035$159,893,1734Paramount
6Fast Five$2,161,225-12%2,981-641$725$195,818,2505Universal
7Rio (2011)$677,170-5%1,672-921$405$134,846,1577Fox
8Something Borrowed$611,471-13%1,440-1166$425$34,775,1814Warner Bros.
9Priest (2011)$601,761-7%1,918-946$314$27,335,2773Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$605,623-19%939-533$645$34,104,6974Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$375,350-11%794-1100$473$54,417,0336Fox
3Soul Surfer$138,769-9%401-583$346$41,290,0338Sony / TriStar
4Rango$125,511-12%280-22$448$121,715,38213Paramount
5Source Code$109,054-12%299-78$365$53,432,4139Summit
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$107,332-22%359-553$299$52,298,0366Lionsgate
7Everything Must Go$100,284-4%161-84$623$2,096,2113Roadside Attractions
8HOP$79,235-13%299-55$265$107,508,6459Universal
9Hanna$76,811-8%216-63$356$39,528,6618Focus
10Limitless$73,873-12%269-88$275$78,457,21811Relativity Media
11Win Win$72,709-10%124-78$586$9,646,65011Fox Searchlight
12The Lincoln Lawyer$63,973-21%166-92$385$56,790,94211Lionsgate
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$56,016-11%214-39$262$52,107,69010Fox
14The Conspirator$55,832-12%137-132$408$11,154,9177Roadside Attractions
15Insidious$55,756-8%186-315$300$52,734,4579FilmDistrict
16Jane Eyre (2011)$52,413-19%143-65$367$10,656,31112Focus
17Scream 4$45,391-3%26156$174$37,883,2627Weinstein Company
18The Beaver$34,380-17%109-59$315$765,7334Summit
19Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$25,680-7%203-439$127$9,449,6215Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$133,60012%4--$33,400$372,9201Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$81,435-9%47-3$1,733$5,887,5268Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$35,438-2%30-4$1,181$25,230,80063Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Arthur (2011)$28,536-11%77-160$371$32,940,0978Warner Bros.
5Battle: Los Angeles$20,6034%96-74$215$83,537,65112Sony / Columbia
635 and Ticking$3,479-16%60$580$48,2802Image Entertainment
7Kill the Irishman$2,748-27%10-2$275$1,166,53712Anchor Bay Films
8The King's Speech$2,500-51%18-22$139$138,774,31527Weinstein Company
9Dum Maaro Dum$707-9%6-5$118$562,6876Fox Searchlight
10Go For It!$547-15%14-50$39$178,1643Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Music Never Stopped$460-46%50$92$244,72411Roadside Attractions
12Biutiful$458171%5-2$92$5,098,56222Roadside Attractions
13Skateland$22345%2-9$112$17,7043Freestyle Releasing