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 Wed, Jun. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$6,293,188-17%3,615--$1,741$148,915,5091Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$2,974,339-14%3,925--$758$73,117,9741Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,715,461-14%4,1649$652$169,490,2412Disney
4Bridesmaids$1,878,330-3%2,95821$635$93,159,2853Universal
5Thor$772,079-10%3,296-628$234$164,064,7164Paramount
6Fast Five$462,055-16%2,981-641$155$198,322,2905Universal
7Something Borrowed$197,349-9%1,440-1166$137$35,607,2794Warner Bros.
8Priest (2011)$191,215-5%1,918-946$100$28,140,3183Sony / Screen Gems
9Rio (2011)$148,4090%1,672-921$89$135,781,3707Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$126,315-12%939-533$135$34,937,0154Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$103,942-7%794-1100$131$54,920,6396Fox
3Soul Surfer$38,1483%401-583$95$41,497,2088Sony / TriStar
4Source Code$33,211-4%299-78$111$53,581,8139Summit
5Rango$32,884-1%280-22$117$121,877,59813Paramount
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$27,190-2%359-553$76$52,450,9116Lionsgate
7Hanna$27,1009%216-63$125$39,636,4728Focus
8Everything Must Go$26,2153%161-84$163$2,228,7043Roadside Attractions
9HOP$20,8900%299-55$70$107,610,2509Universal
10Jane Eyre (2011)$19,611-6%143-65$137$10,744,36412Focus
11Scream 4$17,8919%26156$69$37,947,1197Weinstein Company
12Insidious$16,8214%186-315$90$52,800,7479FilmDistrict
13Win Win$15,84217%124-78$128$9,726,14211Fox Searchlight
14The Lincoln Lawyer$14,781-4%166-92$89$56,868,15911Lionsgate
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,334-11%214-39$67$52,182,39110Fox
16The Conspirator$12,342-24%137-132$90$11,229,0087Roadside Attractions
17The Beaver$9,444-22%109-59$87$814,1844Summit
18Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$6,843-8%203-439$34$9,487,0195Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$61,208-1%47-3$1,302$6,072,4218Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$47,786-1%4--$11,947$589,8401Fox Searchlight
3Limitless$24,411-1%91-266$268$78,558,33411Relativity Media
4Hubble 3D$22,075-4%30-4$736$25,304,89463Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Arthur (2011)$5,827-9%77-160$76$32,963,2848Warner Bros.
635 and Ticking$1,30510%60$218$54,6442Image Entertainment
7The King's Speech$1,107-28%18-22$62$138,780,21127Weinstein Company
8Go For It!$865469%14-50$62$179,7563Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Kill the Irishman$661-15%10-2$66$1,170,42012Anchor Bay Films
10Biutiful$272-4%5--$54$5,100,03022Roadside Attractions
11The Music Never Stopped$15418%50$31$245,38211Roadside Attractions
12Dum Maaro Dum$138-19%6-5$23$563,4146Fox Searchlight
13Skateland$115-9%2-9$58$18,0783Freestyle Releasing