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. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern (2011)$16,681,001-22%3,816--$4,371$38,067,5241Warner Bros.
2Super 8$8,002,76933%3,40829$2,348$65,530,1202Paramount
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$6,516,1392%3,339--$1,952$12,885,5841Fox
4X-Men: First Class$4,453,52031%3,375-317$1,320$116,280,3603Fox
5The Hangover Part II$4,047,49425%3,460-215$1,170$230,331,7454Warner Bros.
6Kung Fu Panda 2$3,417,50134%3,469-460$985$140,602,8834Paramount / DreamWorks
7Bridesmaids$2,944,86024%2,573-349$1,145$134,676,6406Universal
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,465,15338%2,742-691$899$218,349,2485Disney
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$822,5634%2,5240$326$10,538,6842Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$476,06546%11568$4,140$3,539,1174Fox Searchlight
2Thor$434,21839%875-907$496$175,712,4637Paramount
3Fast Five$339,05034%729-600$465$206,535,9658Universal
4The Art of Getting By$240,365-19%610--$394$536,4441Fox Searchlight
5Rio (2011)$201,76628%408-119$495$138,566,48610Fox
6Water for Elephants$127,48329%351-115$363$57,113,6399Fox
7Soul Surfer$91,36912%264-53$346$42,568,03711Sony / TriStar
8Jumping the Broom$88,36949%211-154$419$37,037,9337Sony / TriStar
9Something Borrowed$85,72313%212-154$404$38,036,4397Warner Bros.
10The Lincoln Lawyer$78,83336%220119$358$57,311,60814Lionsgate
11Rango$54,69833%188-32$291$122,698,86916Paramount
12Source Code$48,33929%161-87$300$54,353,69912Summit
13Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$36,16231%162-20$223$9,815,9488Weinstein Company
14Limitless$28,68528%117-49$245$79,054,98514Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beginners$154,85366%4425$3,519$802,4643Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$74,956-4%470$1,595$7,173,52411Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$43,19725%332$1,309$25,829,61266Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$35,54023%98-36$363$53,373,71112FilmDistrict
5Submarine$24,01944%2811$858$190,0333Weinstein Company
6Hanna$21,98529%91-56$242$40,103,17411Focus
7Win Win$19,12556%67-33$285$10,065,12714Fox Searchlight
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$18,64313%90-27$207$52,549,15913Fox
9Priest (2011)$18,34331%71-98$258$29,124,2076Sony / Screen Gems
10Jane Eyre (2011)$18,28120%68-22$269$11,088,56915Focus
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$16,78128%71-41$236$52,834,1269Lionsgate
12Everything Must Go$11,71443%55-32$213$2,589,6266Roadside Attractions
13The Conspirator$9,88673%44-22$225$11,451,77310Roadside Attractions
14The Last Mountain$6,9645%74$995$57,7603Dada Films
15Beautiful Boy$6,41632%84$802$44,5923Anchor Bay Films
16Scream 4$5,37724%39-41$138$38,155,96910Weinstein Company
17The Beaver$5,23636%23-23$228$932,1367Summit
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,89619%106$290$196,35340Collective Eye
1935 and Ticking$1,2339%10$1,233$71,7955Image Entertainment
20Kill the Irishman$777171%2-3$389$1,184,74415Anchor Bay Films
21The Music Never Stopped$1084%31$36$248,93014Roadside Attractions