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. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$4,238,061-16%3,641--$1,164$69,867,1041Fox
2The Hangover Part II$2,904,243-11%3,6150$803$195,218,7082Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$2,426,465-10%3,95227$614$107,487,0682Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,853,066-11%3,966-198$467$196,004,1203Disney
5Bridesmaids$1,634,630-5%2,920-38$560$112,041,9604Universal
6Thor$510,249-7%2,780-516$184$170,684,8575Paramount
7Fast Five$335,550-3%1,325-1656$253$203,008,9556Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something Borrowed$117,310-9%688-752$171$37,038,0345Warner Bros.
2Rio (2011)$102,1652%691-981$148$136,987,8178Fox
3Water for Elephants$95,415-10%572-222$167$56,020,2227Fox
4Jumping the Broom$82,9462%589-350$141$36,175,2235Sony / TriStar
5Priest (2011)$49,5521%583-1335$85$28,862,7854Sony / Screen Gems
6Source Code$37,0652%288-11$129$53,953,73710Summit
7Rango$35,500-9%254-26$140$122,256,86014Paramount
8HOP$26,9450%185-114$146$107,877,61010Universal
9Insidious$25,45924%160-26$159$53,079,15710FilmDistrict
10Limitless$23,7861%232141$103$78,803,12512Relativity Media
11Hanna$23,180-2%197-19$118$39,876,7189Focus
12Jane Eyre (2011)$20,43712%128-15$160$10,921,59613Focus
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$19,824-4%182-32$109$52,360,26011Fox
14Everything Must Go$18,0365%107-54$169$2,452,3554Roadside Attractions
15Win Win$15,8536%14117$112$9,909,52112Fox Searchlight
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$15,035-11%196-163$77$52,672,2847Lionsgate
17The Lincoln Lawyer$13,525-1%133-33$102$57,036,00812Lionsgate
18Scream 4$11,9833%201-60$60$38,077,8628Weinstein Company
19The Conspirator$10,6262%108-29$98$11,358,4118Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$72,5164%2016$3,626$1,468,6092Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$65,1636%470$1,386$6,499,2529Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$22,958-12%322$717$25,481,78664Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$18,048-12%5--$3,610$195,3151Focus
5The Beaver$6,106-4%68-41$90$891,7375Summit
6Submarine$5,253-1%4--$1,313$57,4251Weinstein Company
7Arthur (2011)$4,528-15%62-15$73$33,030,6169Warner Bros.
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,328-10%80-123$54$9,538,2996Weinstein Company
9The Last Mountain$1,808150%2--$904$20,4001Dada Films
10Beautiful Boy$1,426-26%4--$357$21,4621Anchor Bay Films
11The King's Speech$9571%180$53$138,791,08928Weinstein Company
12Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$904-26%4--$226$178,78038Collective Eye
13Kill the Irishman$682-7%8-2$85$1,178,31813Anchor Bay Films
1435 and Ticking$3940%4-2$99$59,9963Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$20865%50$42$247,79412Roadside Attractions
16Biutiful$1072%1-4$107$5,101,17123Roadside Attractions
17Skateland$58-62%31$19$19,2514Freestyle Releasing