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 Mon, Jul. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$7,752,188-55%3,715--$2,087$72,810,7121Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,477,328-56%4,3750$1,481$280,016,6092Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$2,711,053-48%2,926--$927$21,333,2031Sony / Screen Gems
4Horrible Bosses$1,614,162-53%3,104-30$520$84,180,8653Warner Bros. / New Line
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,577,501-57%3,375-542$467$327,418,6864Paramount / DreamWorks
6Zookeeper$1,272,100-47%3,215-267$396$60,478,3553Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$834,257-50%2,668-581$313$177,209,5525Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$787,047-49%2,4050$327$18,381,3442Disney
9Bad Teacher$371,954-47%2,034-625$183$94,737,6425Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$119,025-55%1,035-1252$115$34,446,4304Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$176,665-51%680-192$260$164,009,53511Universal
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$152,596-40%591-411$258$63,653,4166Fox
3Super 8$111,278-46%658-801$169$124,346,3807Paramount
4Monte Carlo$86,567-38%360-809$240$21,859,1554Fox
5The Tree of Life$74,233-56%230-5$323$11,112,3839Fox Searchlight
6Thor$58,223-45%236-36$247$180,194,41112Paramount
7Kung Fu Panda 2$56,574-40%250-104$226$160,832,6579Paramount / DreamWorks
8Rio (2011)$55,358-39%210-31$264$142,634,90915Fox
9X-Men: First Class$55,040-45%295-175$187$144,265,4048Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$51,566-49%421-552$122$113,971,7756Warner Bros.
11Beginners$43,652-65%157-13$278$4,651,0708Focus
12The Hangover Part II$41,632-45%275-180$151$252,500,9419Warner Bros.
13Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$24,490-33%190-24$129$14,684,4957Relativity Media
14Fast Five$24,360-55%174-38$140$209,470,13513Universal
15A Better Life$22,661-68%182-34$125$1,436,6215Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$67,160-6%480$1,399$9,786,50316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$29,267-16%270$1,084$27,049,35671Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$25,037-59%6137$410$436,1702Fox Searchlight
4Sarah's Key$13,450-65%5--$2,690$129,1581Weinstein Company
5Another Earth$9,752-60%4--$2,438$87,4921Fox Searchlight
6Water for Elephants$9,371-46%91-29$103$58,603,40514Fox
7Insidious$5,973-48%59-7$101$53,905,84517FilmDistrict
8Project Nim$5,855-62%19-3$308$177,0823Roadside Attractions
9Something Borrowed$4,749-41%47-27$101$39,030,93512Warner Bros.
10A Little Help$4,652-65%24--$194$49,5221Freestyle Releasing
11Delhi Belly$3,279-67%25-42$131$1,505,0444UTV Communications
12Submarine$2,688-60%184$149$429,5928Weinstein Company
13Everything Must Go$726-58%9-3$81$2,687,49211Roadside Attractions
1435 and Ticking$352-12%3-2$117$93,38410Image Entertainment
15The Conspirator$314-83%100$31$11,529,98815Roadside Attractions
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$20-99%2--$10$231,10145Collective Eye