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. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$25,700,189--3,715--$6,918$25,700,1891Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$14,554,11530%4,3750$3,327$240,671,1842Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$6,801,594--2,926--$2,325$6,801,5941Sony / Screen Gems
4Horrible Bosses$3,703,21448%3,104-30$1,193$74,385,5983Warner Bros. / New Line
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,579,71440%3,375-542$1,061$317,369,1644Paramount / DreamWorks
6Zookeeper$2,860,92736%3,215-267$890$50,556,2583Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$1,702,17820%2,668-581$638$172,421,6165Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$1,593,85937%2,4050$663$14,026,1102Disney
9Bad Teacher$855,8817%2,034-625$421$92,610,6445Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$320,850-20%1,035-1252$310$33,628,7804Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$414,78534%680-192$610$162,921,67011Universal
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$304,4231%591-411$515$62,870,1756Fox
3Super 8$237,144-22%658-801$360$123,712,2047Paramount
4The Tree of Life$154,86944%230-5$673$10,637,4469Fox Searchlight
5Monte Carlo$153,765-50%360-809$427$21,450,3804Fox
6Green Lantern (2011)$120,869-36%421-552$287$113,659,4666Warner Bros.
7Beginners$110,09870%157-13$701$4,292,3118Focus
8X-Men: First Class$108,7277%295-175$369$143,971,0458Fox
9Thor$100,66535%236-36$427$179,893,85312Paramount
10Kung Fu Panda 2$98,187-2%250-104$393$160,556,7899Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Hangover Part II$96,70639%275-180$352$252,257,4239Warner Bros.
12Rio (2011)$94,316-2%210-31$449$142,369,65715Fox
13A Better Life$54,43435%182-34$299$1,253,0185Summit
14Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$48,52419%190-24$255$14,572,2527Relativity Media
15Fast Five$47,85041%174-38$275$209,323,97513Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$75,523-16%480$1,573$9,547,82116Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$57,610209%6137$944$268,4102Fox Searchlight
3Singham$46,206--50--$924$46,2061Reliance Big Pictures
4Hubble 3D$37,11313%270$1,375$26,935,78571Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Sarah's Key$30,754--5--$6,151$30,7541Weinstein Company
6Another Earth$22,379--4--$5,595$22,3791Fox Searchlight
7Water for Elephants$21,98525%91-29$242$58,549,89814Fox
8Project Nim$14,34030%19-3$755$135,4223Roadside Attractions
9A Little Help$12,295--24--$512$12,2951Freestyle Releasing
10Insidious$11,96746%59-7$203$53,873,84917FilmDistrict
11Delhi Belly$10,9339%25-42$437$1,476,7514UTV Communications
12Something Borrowed$10,251-2%47-27$218$39,007,11512Warner Bros.
13Submarine$5,019128%184$279$410,5478Weinstein Company
14Everything Must Go$2,042119%9-3$227$2,682,80911Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$1,837106%100$184$11,525,55715Roadside Attractions
16The Last Mountain$1,244--3-2$415$102,6788Dada Films
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$5003%2--$250$227,06645Collective Eye
1835 and Ticking$312-35%3-2$104$92,26610Image Entertainment
19Double Dhamaal$126--2--$63$542,9785Reliance Big Pictures
20The Music Never Stopped$100--4--$25$255,68019Roadside Attractions