'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, Jul. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$42,414,346-53%4,375--$9,695$133,485,4651Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$8,622,71437%3,917-190$2,201$296,487,7533Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$7,079,05929%3,13494$2,259$54,945,1092Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$4,996,13228%3,4820$1,435$38,937,2302Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$3,470,72043%3,249-741$1,068$162,887,7164Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$2,774,976-5%2,405--$1,154$5,690,2431Disney
7Bad Teacher$2,094,37630%2,659-303$788$87,008,4524Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$1,143,45543%2,287-689$500$30,999,0303Universal
9Super 8$845,68146%1,459-833$580$121,741,0756Paramount
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$553,71828%1,002-994$553$61,089,6925Fox
11Monte Carlo$512,61921%1,169-1304$439$19,727,6743Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Green Lantern (2011)$575,56433%973-1042$592$112,428,6835Warner Bros.
3The Tree of Life$270,16466%235-2$1,150$9,896,4178Fox Searchlight
4X-Men: First Class$260,77642%470-377$555$143,265,2617Fox
5The Hangover Part II$217,94435%455-380$479$251,756,8768Warner Bros.
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$207,65344%373-249$557$237,212,7199Disney
8Kung Fu Panda 2$180,81029%354-296$511$159,934,3758Paramount / DreamWorks
10A Better Life$138,97268%21663$643$922,6704Summit
11Rio (2011)$127,65527%241-31$530$141,837,43214Fox
12Fast Five$85,86037%212-29$405$209,076,90512Universal
13Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$54,96015%21443$257$14,328,6316Relativity Media
14Water for Elephants$34,62020%120-48$289$58,436,64713Fox
15Soul Surfer$33,37016%126-34$265$43,831,70115Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$72,32011%480$1,507$9,130,77815Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$55,88444%24--$2,329$94,6181Fox Searchlight
3Delhi Belly$46,18740%67-23$689$1,400,2043UTV Communications
4Hubble 3D$41,45033%27-1$1,535$26,739,95170Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Something Borrowed$30,62020%74-39$414$38,936,64711Warner Bros.
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$23,67743%87-25$272$53,296,34713Lionsgate
7Project Nim$20,74663%2218$943$72,2592Roadside Attractions
9The Lincoln Lawyer$17,96640%72-34$250$57,970,44218Lionsgate
10Submarine$3,45941%14-5$247$396,0187Weinstein Company
11The Last Mountain$2,9828%52$596$99,0877Dada Films
12Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,902-9%19-23$153$10,132,60012Weinstein Company
13Everything Must Go$2,16022%12-5$180$2,676,22710Roadside Attractions
14The Conspirator$1,64015%10-5$164$11,519,60314Roadside Attractions
1535 and Ticking$1,33833%51$268$89,0039Image Entertainment
16Beautiful Boy$1,330162%1-2$1,330$76,3677Anchor Bay Films
17Chillar Party$19476%4-3$49$5,9512UTV Communications