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. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$12,267,217-20%4,375--$2,804$214,887,8911Warner Bros.
2Horrible Bosses$2,501,125-14%3,13494$798$68,173,1352Warner Bros. / New Line
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$2,463,508-19%3,917-190$629$311,239,3793Paramount / DreamWorks
4Zookeeper$1,915,246-15%3,4820$550$48,402,0912Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$1,269,528-10%3,249-741$391$169,300,1964Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$1,070,549-12%2,405--$445$11,272,6951Disney
7Bad Teacher$784,162-15%2,659-303$295$90,953,3134Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$399,995-10%2,287-689$175$32,908,5703Universal
9Super 8$285,853-10%1,459-833$196$123,170,3506Paramount
10Monte Carlo$280,718-14%1,169-1304$240$20,986,3823Fox
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$270,182-3%1,002-964$270$62,265,5355Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$291,875-7%872-230$335$162,196,93010Universal
2Green Lantern (2011)$179,481-11%973-1042$184$113,349,1765Warner Bros.
3X-Men: First Class$98,222-10%470-377$209$143,760,5597Fox
4Kung Fu Panda 2$93,481-14%354-296$264$160,358,5968Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$93,328-10%235-2$397$10,375,2968Fox Searchlight
6Rio (2011)$92,747-3%241-31$385$142,178,79914Fox
7Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$84,171-10%373-249$226$237,614,5809Disney
8Thor$69,202-13%272-43$254$179,718,37411Paramount
9The Hangover Part II$65,813-13%455-380$145$252,090,9558Warner Bros.
10Beginners$59,119-15%17015$348$4,117,5967Focus
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$37,679-14%21443$176$14,482,8846Relativity Media
12A Better Life$37,405-15%21663$173$1,158,1184Summit
13Fast Five$32,860-9%212-29$155$209,242,27512Universal
14Water for Elephants$17,8283%120-48$149$58,510,36613Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$76,85515%480$1,601$9,382,06515Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$30,7547%27-1$1,139$26,865,82470Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$19,634-5%24--$818$192,1261Fox Searchlight
4Something Borrowed$10,131-10%74-39$137$38,986,42811Warner Bros.
5Delhi Belly$8,511-23%67-23$127$1,455,7473UTV Communications
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$8,265-5%87-25$95$53,336,66313Lionsgate
7Project Nim$7,97812%2218$363$110,0112Roadside Attractions
8Insidious$7,648-10%66-15$116$53,853,65916FilmDistrict
9The Lincoln Lawyer$7,3125%72-34$102$58,001,15718Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,68516%19-23$141$10,141,53812Weinstein Company
11Submarine$1,6429%14-5$117$403,3297Weinstein Company
12Everything Must Go$8144%12-5$68$2,679,83610Roadside Attractions
1335 and Ticking$722167%51$144$91,4739Image Entertainment
14The Conspirator$65845%10-5$66$11,522,83014Roadside Attractions
15Chillar Party$54315%4-3$14$6,2372UTV Communications