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 Mon, Jun. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$3,968,067-58%3,379--$1,174$40,419,2351Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$2,726,803-59%3,69251$739$100,750,1382Fox
3The Hangover Part II$1,884,398-57%3,67560$513$217,611,8593Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$1,787,188-63%3,929-23$455$128,600,4283Paramount / DreamWorks
5Bridesmaids$1,256,460-54%2,9223$430$125,072,3255Universal
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,239,359-60%3,433-533$361$210,112,6174Disney
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$640,319-58%2,524--$254$6,717,1781Relativity Media
8Thor$302,910-54%1,782-998$170$173,967,6336Paramount
9Fast Five$212,640-53%1,329-908$160$205,306,8457Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$90,763-52%527-164$172$137,871,5929Fox
2Water for Elephants$60,655-53%466-106$130$56,660,4498Fox
3Something Borrowed$53,947-51%366-322$147$37,680,3566Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$50,471-53%365-224$138$36,745,4756Sony / TriStar
5Rango$26,345-48%220-34$120$122,500,92415Paramount
6Source Code$24,185-43%248-40$98$54,186,31711Summit
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$17,665-50%182102$97$9,681,9567Weinstein Company
8Insidious$17,483-49%134-26$130$53,253,38411FilmDistrict
9Hanna$15,838-45%147-50$108$40,013,07110Focus
10Limitless$15,820-44%166-66$95$78,951,28713Relativity Media
11HOP$15,200-52%190-55$80$108,027,37011Universal
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$10,835-52%117-65$93$52,469,97912Fox
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$9,385-46%112-84$84$52,773,8748Lionsgate
14The Lincoln Lawyer$8,391-59%101-32$83$57,142,07713Lionsgate
15Win Win$6,650-68%100-41$67$10,009,13713Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$96,957-60%4727$2,063$2,458,6123Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$59,421-2%470$1,264$6,828,36910Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$25,450-15%31-1$821$25,630,07865Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$24,573-65%1914$1,293$477,9022Focus
5Jane Eyre (2011)$10,323-44%90-38$115$11,017,60414Focus
6Everything Must Go$8,089-58%87-20$93$2,543,2225Roadside Attractions
7Submarine$7,558-54%1713$445$125,3252Weinstein Company
8The Conspirator$4,467-65%66-42$68$11,419,1859Roadside Attractions
9Scream 4$4,392-55%80-121$55$38,131,7319Weinstein Company
10The Beaver$2,041-51%46-22$44$916,1666Summit
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,380-15%40$345$186,09239Collective Eye
12The Last Mountain$822-78%31$274$34,5452Dada Films
13Beautiful Boy$790-58%40$198$30,6172Anchor Bay Films
14The King's Speech$502-9%15-1$33$138,795,84429Weinstein Company
1535 and Ticking$380-62%1-3$380$67,8034Image Entertainment
16Kill the Irishman$340-65%5-3$68$1,182,66214Anchor Bay Films
17The Music Never Stopped$48-69%2-3$24$248,51813Roadside Attractions