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 Thu, Jul. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$5,424,170-7%3,715--$1,460$91,867,2681Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,872,155-6%4,3750$1,114$296,534,5092Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$2,260,127-4%2,926--$772$28,900,2811Sony / Screen Gems
4Horrible Bosses$1,539,017-1%3,104-30$496$89,101,5523Warner Bros. / New Line
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,387,238-1%3,375-542$411$331,921,4144Paramount / DreamWorks
6Zookeeper$1,244,132-2%3,215-267$387$64,530,8403Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$814,1070%2,668-581$305$179,769,5485Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$693,618-3%2,4050$288$20,657,8652Disney
9Bad Teacher$352,512-1%2,034-625$173$95,875,4075Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$129,4100%1,035-1252$125$34,844,9404Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$194,0254%680-192$285$164,597,98511Universal
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$162,672-4%591-411$275$64,157,9276Fox
3Super 8$105,7321%658-801$161$124,670,0377Paramount
4Monte Carlo$84,561-6%360-809$235$22,140,0564Fox
5The Tree of Life$77,2212%230-5$336$11,352,3749Fox Searchlight
6Rio (2011)$66,7616%210-31$318$142,837,00315Fox
7Green Lantern (2011)$57,85710%421-552$137$114,144,1096Warner Bros.
8Thor$56,8882%236-36$241$180,373,26412Paramount
9Kung Fu Panda 2$55,976-1%250-104$224$161,019,5149Paramount / DreamWorks
10X-Men: First Class$53,503-3%295-175$181$144,436,3338Fox
11Beginners$45,278-4%157-13$288$4,801,1888Focus
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$44,142-1%190-24$232$14,816,3887Relativity Media
13The Hangover Part II$41,7655%275-180$152$252,628,0179Warner Bros.
14Fast Five$26,0550%174-38$150$209,550,12513Universal
15A Better Life$24,0100%182-34$132$1,508,8345Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$76,599-7%480$1,596$10,037,92216Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$33,887-6%270$1,255$27,146,72871Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$28,920-6%6137$474$526,1192Fox Searchlight
4Sarah's Key$12,722-6%5--$2,544$169,9601Weinstein Company
5Water for Elephants$11,8933%91-29$131$58,639,14914Fox
6Another Earth$8,304-1%4--$2,076$112,2661Fox Searchlight
7Project Nim$6,55421%19-4$345$195,2743Roadside Attractions
8Insidious$5,5740%59-7$94$53,923,02917FilmDistrict
9A Little Help$5,026-12%24--$209$66,4291Freestyle Releasing
10Something Borrowed$4,892-7%47-27$104$39,046,48912Warner Bros.
11Delhi Belly$3,85016%25-42$154$1,515,1584UTV Communications
12Submarine$2,553-18%184$142$438,8378Weinstein Company
13Everything Must Go$1,2037%9-3$134$2,690,87811Roadside Attractions
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$522867%21$261$231,69345Collective Eye
15The Conspirator$41811%100$42$11,531,25315Roadside Attractions
1635 and Ticking$173-29%3-2$58$94,08110Image Entertainment
17The Music Never Stopped$120264%4--$30$255,95919Roadside Attractions