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 Thu, Jun. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$3,478,2453%3,3793055$1,029$51,530,7891Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$2,386,4243%3,69251$646$108,424,5622Fox
3Kung Fu Panda 2$1,992,0942%3,929-23$507$134,642,7973Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hangover Part II$1,722,2476%3,67560$469$223,039,2783Warner Bros.
5Bridesmaids$1,431,7809%2,9223$490$129,352,9905Universal
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,324,2256%3,433-533$386$214,100,2534Disney
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$706,374-4%2,524--$280$8,925,8421Relativity Media
8Thor$348,12313%1,782-998$195$174,966,0026Paramount
9Fast Five$212,6403%1,329-908$160$205,944,7207Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$112,580-1%527-164$214$138,207,3919Fox
2Water for Elephants$75,5061%466-106$162$56,886,9928Fox
3Something Borrowed$64,8255%366-322$177$37,875,0546Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$49,17810%365-224$135$36,890,3076Sony / TriStar
5Rango$34,8284%220-34$158$122,603,01815Paramount
6Source Code$28,52815%248-40$115$54,267,85211Summit
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$23,4109%182102$129$9,752,2247Weinstein Company
8HOP$20,90016%190-55$110$108,085,30511Universal
9Limitless$18,79314%166-66$113$79,003,84413Relativity Media
10Insidious$17,509-17%134-26$131$53,309,21211FilmDistrict
11Hanna$17,2545%147-50$117$40,064,12910Focus
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$15,4138%117-65$132$52,514,06812Fox
13The Lincoln Lawyer$11,66017%101-32$115$57,174,62413Lionsgate
14Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$9,814-3%112-84$88$52,804,2848Lionsgate
15Win Win$7,972-5%100-41$80$10,033,72113Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$91,3556%4727$1,944$2,736,4323Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$67,76419%470$1,442$7,020,51010Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$28,88211%31-1$932$25,711,17065Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$23,670-2%1914$1,246$554,1762Focus
5Jane Eyre (2011)$13,29314%90-38$148$11,054,99514Focus
6Everything Must Go$9,35716%87-20$108$2,569,7375Roadside Attractions
7Submarine$8,36513%1713$492$149,3612Weinstein Company
8The Conspirator$5,7714%66-43$87$11,436,1599Roadside Attractions
9The Last Mountain$5,12724%31$1,709$44,1502Dada Films
10Scream 4$4,92011%80-121$62$38,146,2739Weinstein Company
11The Beaver$2,36531%46-22$51$923,0636Summit
12Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,5364%40$384$191,01739Collective Eye
13Beautiful Boy$99012%40$248$33,3072Anchor Bay Films
14The King's Speech$68634%15-3$46$138,797,44929Weinstein Company
1535 and Ticking$488-20%1-3$488$69,4344Image Entertainment
16Kill the Irishman$332-9%5-3$66$1,183,68014Anchor Bay Films
17The Music Never Stopped$6445%2-3$32$248,71813Roadside Attractions