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 Fri, Jul. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$32,988,88353%4,088--$8,070$97,754,2301Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$7,936,43452%4,1150$1,929$98,867,0492Disney
3Bad Teacher$4,524,06854%3,0490$1,484$49,970,0392Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$4,058,145--2,973--$1,365$4,058,1451Universal
5Monte Carlo$3,151,902--2,473--$1,275$3,151,9021Fox
6Super 8$2,308,49790%3,088-336$748$102,851,5244Paramount
7Green Lantern (2011)$1,951,92754%3,280-536$595$98,047,8893Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,712,69232%2,861-481$599$46,737,4143Fox
9Bridesmaids$1,027,86052%1,389-642$740$150,402,2258Universal
10X-Men: First Class$837,18850%1,602-1031$523$136,548,9155Fox
11The Hangover Part II$697,52047%1,568-1187$445$246,549,4026Warner Bros.
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$656,13722%1,473-771$445$232,204,0307Disney
13Kung Fu Panda 2$468,841-1%1,281-1246$366$155,663,5086Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$264,47663%22813$1,160$6,767,9126Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$141,25942%308-36$459$140,173,80712Fox
3Beginners$135,829168%10836$1,258$1,902,1975Focus
4Thor$123,07663%270-134$456$177,640,3569Paramount
5Fast Five$98,150112%302-156$325$208,069,59510Universal
6Soul Surfer$54,947--205-35$268$43,291,71513Sony / TriStar
7Water for Elephants$51,17620%234-58$219$57,906,12911Fox
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$44,070-16%221-670$199$13,845,5794Relativity Media
9Something Borrowed$32,845-11%191-112$172$38,609,3989Warner Bros.
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$31,8441387%14094$227$52,930,49311Lionsgate
11Rango$28,07318%117-39$240$123,124,88018Paramount
12The Lincoln Lawyer$24,29934%138-51$176$57,721,51216Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$170,372--89--$1,914$170,3721UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$66,9543%470$1,425$8,042,68013Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$35,22625%330$1,067$26,219,17268Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Double Dhamaal$26,234--41--$640$417,7792Reliance Big Pictures
5A Better Life$25,146391%117$2,286$108,8162Summit
6Insidious$13,73982%70-4$196$53,579,70714FilmDistrict
7Source Code$11,6900%66-40$177$54,589,08814Summit
8Limitless$8,83312%55-30$161$79,211,99416Relativity Media
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,668-17%68-46$127$10,035,84910Weinstein Company
10Submarine$6,7155%20-6$336$321,5075Weinstein Company
11Hanna$5,720-5%34-25$168$40,230,63713Focus
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,059-16%31-27$131$52,663,63715Fox
13Jane Eyre (2011)$4,050-29%26-25$156$11,200,22317Focus
14The Conspirator$2,44830%15-10$163$11,496,47512Roadside Attractions
15Win Win$2,189-11%18-14$122$10,134,72716Fox Searchlight
16Everything Must Go$2,0432%19-14$108$2,642,3428Roadside Attractions
17The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,444--1--$1,444$16,9948Argot Pictures
1835 and Ticking$1,043702%21$522$76,9077Image Entertainment
19Beautiful Boy$80129%40$200$67,2915Anchor Bay Films
20The Art of Getting By$800-91%7-300$114$1,424,5723Fox Searchlight
21The Music Never Stopped$194273%53$39$250,46916Roadside Attractions