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. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern (2011)$3,922,060-21%3,816--$1,028$67,199,9351Warner Bros.
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,688,452-2%3,339--$805$26,268,9141Fox
3Super 8$2,427,726-8%3,40829$712$80,621,8272Paramount
4X-Men: First Class$1,388,807-12%3,375-317$411$124,785,2013Fox
5Kung Fu Panda 2$1,301,179-1%3,469-460$375$147,452,1354Paramount / DreamWorks
6Bridesmaids$1,233,865-1%2,021-901$611$140,012,4806Universal
7The Hangover Part II$1,221,107-5%3,460-215$353$236,850,6674Warner Bros.
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$892,428-3%2,742-691$325$223,405,9765Disney
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$468,4715%2,5240$186$12,304,4682Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$155,965-2%11568$1,356$4,362,0274Fox Searchlight
2Thor$144,504-7%875-907$165$176,554,6857Paramount
3The Art of Getting By$133,010-5%610--$218$1,088,0301Fox Searchlight
4Fast Five$105,8800%456-873$232$207,134,5258Universal
5Rio (2011)$93,266-8%408-119$229$139,000,06810Fox
6Born to Be Wild 3D$67,3990%212165$318$7,428,67011Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Water for Elephants$63,1850%351-115$180$57,368,9199Fox
8Rango$40,2987%188-32$214$122,851,88816Paramount
9The Lincoln Lawyer$28,926-6%220119$131$57,458,66314Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$19,143-16%114-68$168$9,905,0368Weinstein Company
11Source Code$18,463-2%161-87$115$54,444,63612Summit
12Limitless$12,6392%117-49$108$79,114,58014Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beginners$43,651-3%4425$992$1,037,9233Focus
2Something Borrowed$34,914-3%47-319$743$38,177,0847Warner Bros.
3Hubble 3D$30,8339%332$934$25,926,83266Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$15,44318%98-36$158$53,441,69912FilmDistrict
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$12,121-4%90-27$135$52,597,88813Fox
6Jane Eyre (2011)$11,0409%68-22$162$11,129,84415Focus
7Hanna$10,1534%91-56$112$40,151,96811Focus
8Submarine$10,0516%269$387$236,7363Weinstein Company
9Win Win$5,9725%67-33$89$10,094,70514Fox Searchlight
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$5,134-13%71-41$72$52,864,5059Lionsgate
11Everything Must Go$4,18317%55-32$76$2,610,3566Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$4,05725%44-22$92$11,470,53510Roadside Attractions
13Scream 4$2,5812%18-62$143$38,167,89210Weinstein Company
14Beautiful Boy$2,404-2%2-2$1,202$55,9063Anchor Bay Films
15Kill the Irishman$2,4041207%83$301$5515Anchor Bay Films
16The Beaver$1,3758%23-23$60$939,6177Summit
17The Last Mountain$1,156-8%74$165$68,5443Dada Films
1835 and Ticking$193-22%10$193$73,4045Image Entertainment
19The Music Never Stopped$6643%31$22$249,15814Roadside Attractions