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 Sat, Jun. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$19,713,168-8%3,641--$5,414$41,111,9461Fox
2The Hangover Part II$12,825,62321%3,6150$3,548$177,870,0312Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$10,221,47560%3,95227$2,586$92,762,0652Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$7,646,11149%3,966-198$1,928$185,027,9353Disney
5Bridesmaids$4,962,30035%2,919-39$1,700$103,766,5954Universal
6Thor$1,830,70347%2,780-516$659$167,949,4715Paramount
7Fast Five$1,375,75541%2,237-744$615$201,163,1606Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$398,80366%589-350$677$35,701,6345Sony / TriStar
2Something Borrowed$367,63929%688-752$534$36,478,0475Warner Bros.
3Rio (2011)$323,08364%691-981$468$136,472,1538Fox
4Water for Elephants$303,53243%572-222$531$55,554,8167Fox
5Priest (2011)$158,92538%583-1335$273$28,611,3054Sony / Screen Gems
6Rango$104,79053%254-26$413$122,086,69014Paramount
7Source Code$100,78339%288-11$350$53,789,00310Summit
8Soul Surfer$83,36326%245-156$340$41,691,8149Sony / TriStar
9Insidious$75,87338%160-26$474$52,961,37310FilmDistrict
10HOP$73,49050%245-54$300$107,755,04510Universal
11Everything Must Go$67,51480%107-54$631$2,360,0884Roadside Attractions
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$66,54158%196-163$339$52,587,6297Lionsgate
13Limitless$64,41738%232-37$278$78,695,29512Relativity Media
14Hanna$63,25042%197-19$321$39,765,9159Focus
15Win Win$61,64898%14117$437$9,833,86712Fox Searchlight
16The Lincoln Lawyer$53,69277%133-33$404$56,968,58212Lionsgate
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$43,30542%182-32$238$52,273,53211Fox
18The Conspirator$41,77993%110-27$380$11,305,4308Roadside Attractions
19Jane Eyre (2011)$41,26848%128-15$322$10,835,77213Focus
20Scream 4$32,89442%201-60$164$38,020,7058Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$243,91639%2016$12,196$1,050,7072Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$62,308-8%470$1,326$6,269,1199Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beginners$56,49948%5--$11,300$94,6371Focus
4Hubble 3D$27,0006%322$844$25,383,74364Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Beaver$20,37939%68-41$300$860,3775Summit
6Arthur (2011)$18,6943%62-15$302$33,006,3519Warner Bros.
7Submarine$16,97867%4--$4,245$27,1721Weinstein Company
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$14,03278%80-123$175$9,516,9446Weinstein Company
9Beautiful Boy$6,32037%4--$1,580$10,9351Anchor Bay Films
10The Last Mountain$6,1821%2--$3,091$12,2981Dada Films
11Kill the Irishman$2,844183%8-2$356$1,174,93713Anchor Bay Films
12The King's Speech$2,7214%16-2$170$138,787,06228Weinstein Company
1335 and Ticking$1,47752%4-2$369$57,9343Image Entertainment
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,381-40%4--$345$173,08038Collective Eye
15The Music Never Stopped$78175%50$156$246,92112Roadside Attractions
16Biutiful$45746%2-3$229$5,100,91123Roadside Attractions
17Skateland$339232%31$113$18,6144Freestyle Releasing