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. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$21,540,018-43%4,011--$5,370$64,765,3470Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$5,207,012-6%4,115--$1,265$90,930,6151Disney
3Bad Teacher$2,938,181-1%3,049--$964$45,445,9711Sony / Columbia
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,300,779-3%3,3423$389$45,024,7222Fox
5Green Lantern (2011)$1,266,0314%3,514-302$360$95,688,2842Warner Bros.
6Super 8$1,216,6052%3,42416$355$100,543,0273Paramount
7Bridesmaids$675,7508%1,590-983$425$149,374,3657Universal
8X-Men: First Class$558,1016%2,023-1352$276$135,711,7274Fox
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$535,92520%1,742-1000$308$231,547,8936Disney
10The Hangover Part II$474,19411%2,025-1435$234$245,851,8825Warner Bros.
11Kung Fu Panda 2$473,3045%2,527-942$187$155,194,6675Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$162,7236%215100$757$6,503,4365Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$99,2390%344-64$288$140,032,54811Fox
3Thor$75,40320%404-471$187$177,517,2808Paramount
4Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$52,258-6%891-1633$59$13,801,5093Relativity Media
5Fast Five$46,3054%343-386$135$207,971,4459Universal
6Water for Elephants$42,8247%292-59$147$57,854,95310Fox
7Something Borrowed$36,93031%23119$160$38,576,5538Warner Bros.
8Rango$23,86413%156-32$153$123,096,80717Paramount
9The Lincoln Lawyer$18,1014%189-31$96$57,697,21315Lionsgate
10Source Code$11,73316%106-55$111$54,577,39813Summit
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$10,381-6%114-48$91$10,027,1819Weinstein Company
12The Art of Getting By$8,717-1%129-481$68$1,423,7722Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$64,91011%470$1,381$7,975,72612Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Beginners$50,618-7%7329$693$1,766,3684Focus
3Hubble 3D$28,1576%330$853$26,183,94667Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Limitless$7,90234%85-32$93$79,203,16115Relativity Media
5Insidious$7,560-26%74-24$102$53,565,96813FilmDistrict
6Submarine$6,3724%26-2$245$314,7924Weinstein Company
7Hanna$6,02816%59-32$102$40,224,91712Focus
8Jane Eyre (2011)$5,711-5%51-17$112$11,196,17316Focus
9A Better Life$5,1252%4--$1,281$83,6701Summit
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,8464%58-32$84$52,659,57814Fox
11The Beaver$3,2226%6643$49$970,8168Summit
12Win Win$2,46219%32-35$77$10,132,53815Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,142-13%46-25$47$52,898,64910Lionsgate
14Everything Must Go$2,007-15%33-22$61$2,640,2997Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$1,87824%0-44--$11,494,02711Roadside Attractions
16The Last Mountain$1,23958%6-1$207$86,8304Dada Films
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,16889%4--$292$215,70641Collective Eye
18Scream 4$1,0032%18-21$56$38,180,92811Weinstein Company
19Beautiful Boy$6213%4-4$155$66,4904Anchor Bay Films
2035 and Ticking$130117%10$130$75,8646Image Entertainment
21Kill the Irishman$1307%20$65$1,188,19416Anchor Bay Films
22The Music Never Stopped$52-37%2-1$26$250,27515Roadside Attractions