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, Jul. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$10,332,429-23%4,08877$2,528$204,421,2871Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$3,654,951-4%4,1150$888$130,037,5492Disney
3Bad Teacher$2,292,626-8%3,0490$752$67,503,6402Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$1,353,005-9%2,973--$455$18,938,3001Universal
5Monte Carlo$1,250,324-6%2,473--$506$11,162,8971Fox
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,062,2835%2,861-481$371$53,800,0913Fox
7Super 8$1,019,563-8%3,088-336$330$112,196,2504Paramount
8Green Lantern (2011)$932,181-13%3,280-234$284$105,625,8103Warner Bros.
9Bridesmaids$583,380-1%1,389-201$420$154,902,5858Universal
10X-Men: First Class$408,007-12%1,602-421$255$140,202,1855Fox
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$324,896-3%1,473-269$221$234,836,9687Disney
12The Hangover Part II$317,049-6%1,568-457$202$249,304,7066Warner Bros.
13Kung Fu Panda 2$290,6561%1,281-1246$227$157,859,4076Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$137,5511%22813$603$8,084,6066Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$96,3622%308-36$313$140,765,86712Fox
3Beginners$63,3204%10835$586$2,631,0225Focus
4Thor$55,894-11%270-134$207$178,107,0569Paramount
5Fast Five$52,9050%302-41$175$208,468,30510Universal
6Water for Elephants$34,3945%234-58$147$58,128,66211Fox
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$34,1098%221-670$154$14,032,0014Relativity Media
8Something Borrowed$22,8198%191-40$119$38,740,8659Warner Bros.
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$20,148-8%14094$144$53,077,83711Lionsgate
10Rango$16,4572%117-39$141$123,239,77618Paramount
11The Lincoln Lawyer$12,066-5%138-51$87$57,831,52316Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$70,51820%470$1,500$8,386,55913Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Delhi Belly$51,667-12%89--$581$812,1841UTV Communications
3Hubble 3D$31,9275%330$967$26,392,47268Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$8,3703%70-4$120$53,636,75114FilmDistrict
5A Better Life$8,3394%117$758$221,0032Summit
6Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,168-3%68-46$120$10,079,85210Weinstein Company
7Source Code$6,0333%66-40$91$54,661,01914Summit
8Limitless$4,425-15%55-30$80$79,245,11916Relativity Media
9Submarine$4,4045%20-6$220$356,1915Weinstein Company
10Hanna$3,594-12%34-25$106$40,255,17313Focus
11Jane Eyre (2011)$2,999-13%26-25$115$11,219,60317Focus
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,9688%31-27$96$52,679,68315Fox
13Everything Must Go$2,07171%19-14$109$2,652,6258Roadside Attractions
14Win Win$1,251-38%18-14$70$10,148,96016Fox Searchlight
15The Conspirator$803-1%0----$11,505,31812Roadside Attractions
16Beautiful Boy$489-2%40$122$70,4445Anchor Bay Films
17The Art of Getting By$478-31%7-122$68$1,427,4313Fox Searchlight
1835 and Ticking$43461%21$217$80,1917Image Entertainment
19The Music Never Stopped$11756%53$23$251,18616Roadside Attractions