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 Sun, Jul. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$35,703,962-16%4,375--$8,161$169,189,4271Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$6,391,044-26%3,917-190$1,632$302,878,7973Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$5,204,494-26%3,13494$1,661$60,149,6032Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$3,445,748-31%3,4820$990$42,382,9782Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$2,502,038-28%3,249-741$770$165,389,7544Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$2,166,833-22%2,405--$901$7,857,0761Disney
7Bad Teacher$1,449,187-31%2,659-303$545$88,457,6394Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$720,530-37%2,287-689$315$31,719,5603Universal
9Super 8$546,284-35%1,459-833$374$122,287,3596Paramount
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$383,324-31%1,002-994$383$61,473,0165Fox
11Monte Carlo$382,797-25%1,169-1304$327$20,110,4713Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$479,600-35%872-230$550$161,329,58010Universal
2Green Lantern (2011)$360,483-37%973-1042$370$112,789,1665Warner Bros.
3The Tree of Life$194,072-28%235-2$826$10,090,4898Fox Searchlight
4X-Men: First Class$190,596-27%470-377$406$143,455,8577Fox
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$140,915-32%373-249$378$237,353,6349Disney
6Kung Fu Panda 2$140,154-22%354-296$396$160,074,5298Paramount / DreamWorks
7Beginners$132,501-31%17015$779$3,932,6877Focus
8The Hangover Part II$125,077-43%455-380$275$251,881,9538Warner Bros.
9Thor$119,699-23%272-43$440$179,501,16211Paramount
10A Better Life$116,366-16%21663$539$1,039,0364Summit
11Rio (2011)$95,144-25%241-31$395$141,932,57614Fox
12Fast Five$65,730-23%212-29$310$209,142,63512Universal
13Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$40,924-26%21443$191$14,369,5556Relativity Media
14Water for Elephants$24,854-28%120-48$207$58,461,50113Fox
15Soul Surfer$21,723-35%126-34$172$43,853,42415Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$55,286-24%480$1,152$9,186,06415Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$39,387-30%24--$1,641$134,0051Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$32,138-22%27-1$1,190$26,772,08970Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Delhi Belly$27,501-40%67-23$410$1,427,7053UTV Communications
5Something Borrowed$19,242-37%74-39$260$38,955,88911Warner Bros.
6Insidious$15,972-19%66-15$242$53,829,02816FilmDistrict
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$15,601-34%87-25$179$53,311,94813Lionsgate
8Project Nim$15,581-25%2218$708$87,8402Roadside Attractions
9The Lincoln Lawyer$11,447-36%72-34$159$57,981,88918Lionsgate
10Submarine$2,970-14%14-5$212$398,9887Weinstein Company
11The Last Mountain$2,347-21%52$469$101,4347Dada Films
12Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,154-26%19-23$113$10,134,75412Weinstein Company
13The Conspirator$1,81811%10-5$182$11,521,42114Roadside Attractions
14Everything Must Go$1,240-43%12-5$103$2,677,46710Roadside Attractions
1535 and Ticking$1,066-20%51$213$90,0699Image Entertainment
16Beautiful Boy$880-34%1-2$880$77,2477Anchor Bay Films
17Chillar Party$1982%4-3$50$6,1492UTV Communications