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 Tue, Jun. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$5,075,246-7%3,641--$1,394$65,629,0431Fox
2The Hangover Part II$3,259,0720%3,6150$902$192,314,4652Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$2,700,42916%3,95227$683$105,060,6032Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,092,97613%3,966-198$528$194,151,0543Disney
5Bridesmaids$1,722,21013%2,919-39$590$110,407,3204Universal
6Thor$550,67910%2,780-516$198$170,174,4285Paramount
7Fast Five$347,0050%2,237-744$155$202,673,4056Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something Borrowed$129,1509%688-752$188$36,920,7245Warner Bros.
2Water for Elephants$105,67923%572-222$185$55,924,8077Fox
3Rio (2011)$100,0955%691-981$145$136,885,6528Fox
4Jumping the Broom$81,352-5%589-350$138$36,074,2775Sony / TriStar
5Priest (2011)$49,050-3%583-1335$84$28,813,2334Sony / Screen Gems
6Rango$39,18532%254-26$154$122,221,36014Paramount
7Source Code$36,39822%288-11$126$53,916,67210Summit
8HOP$26,95529%245-54$110$107,850,66510Universal
9Hanna$23,56711%197-19$120$39,853,5389Focus
10Limitless$23,51310%232-37$101$78,779,33912Relativity Media
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$20,61344%182-32$113$52,340,43611Fox
12Insidious$20,517-8%160-26$128$53,053,69810FilmDistrict
13Jane Eyre (2011)$18,31119%128-15$143$10,901,15913Focus
14Everything Must Go$17,2326%107-54$161$2,434,3194Roadside Attractions
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$16,8900%196-163$86$52,657,2497Lionsgate
16Win Win$14,89816%14117$106$9,893,66812Fox Searchlight
17The Lincoln Lawyer$13,71916%133-33$103$57,022,48312Lionsgate
18Scream 4$11,6890%201-60$58$38,065,8798Weinstein Company
19The Conspirator$10,44321%108-29$97$11,347,7858Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$69,945-8%2016$3,497$1,396,0932Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$61,35017%470$1,305$6,434,0899Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$26,1966%322$819$25,458,82864Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$20,42132%5--$4,084$177,2671Focus
5The Beaver$6,37119%68-41$94$885,6315Summit
6Arthur (2011)$5,351--62-15$86$33,026,0889Warner Bros.
7Submarine$5,3206%4--$1,330$52,1721Weinstein Company
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,82335%80-123$60$9,533,9716Weinstein Company
9Beautiful Boy$1,929-1%4--$482$20,0361Anchor Bay Films
10Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,220-17%4--$305$177,87638Collective Eye
11The King's Speech$945-1%16-2$59$138,790,13228Weinstein Company
12Kill the Irishman$73437%8-2$92$1,177,63613Anchor Bay Films
13The Last Mountain$724-25%2--$362$18,5921Dada Films
1435 and Ticking$395-16%4-2$99$59,6023Image Entertainment
15Skateland$153-4%31$51$19,1934Freestyle Releasing
16The Music Never Stopped$126-30%50$25$247,58612Roadside Attractions
17Biutiful$105377%1-4$105$5,101,06423Roadside Attractions