'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 Sat, Jul. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cowboys & Aliens$13,181,2501%3,750--$3,515$26,268,7351Universal
2The Smurfs$12,610,312-5%3,395--$3,714$25,871,1261Sony / Columbia
3Captain America: The First Avenger$9,939,60426%3,7150$2,676$109,671,4532Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$8,457,01129%4,145-230$2,040$311,549,4733Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$7,073,8207%3,020--$2,342$13,658,1551Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$3,435,5718%2,9260$1,174$35,505,8812Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$2,821,27927%2,510-594$1,124$94,136,9054Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$2,466,78438%2,604-771$947$336,181,8655Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$1,702,41721%2,418-797$704$67,644,8274Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$919,50632%1,763-905$522$181,383,5976Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$669,03726%1,632-773$410$21,859,8553Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Bad Teacher$328,79122%765-1269$430$96,473,6616Sony / Columbia
3Kung Fu Panda 2$254,84128%31969$799$161,473,22610Paramount / DreamWorks
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$181,50511%412-179$441$64,503,0437Fox
5The Hangover Part II$156,62135%34671$453$252,900,89810Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$133,43543%196-34$681$11,579,36010Fox Searchlight
7Super 8$124,45137%325-333$383$124,885,2488Paramount
8X-Men: First Class$114,08432%254-41$449$144,636,5459Fox
9Larry Crowne$112,12531%335-700$335$35,042,6205Universal
12Rio (2011)$70,41228%174-36$405$142,962,63116Fox
13Green Lantern (2011)$67,99433%135-286$504$114,263,1147Warner Bros.
14Fast Five$54,37536%125-49$435$209,644,48514Universal
15Monte Carlo$51,0146%168-192$304$22,239,2655Fox
16A Better Life$31,05348%108-74$288$1,560,8256Summit
17Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$26,21310%161-29$163$14,866,4848Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$155,49074%3328$4,712$414,9722Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$82,250-8%491$1,679$10,209,41917Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$74,76743%9332$804$653,1733Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$50,1148%8--$6,264$96,3211Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$43,42041%2016$2,171$186,5092Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$33,3535%5--$6,671$65,1221Lionsgate
7Singham$25,03548%39-11$642$265,7482Reliance Big Pictures
8Project Nim$13,50771%212$643$216,6614Roadside Attractions
9The Future$10,40010%1--$10,400$19,8651Roadside Attractions
10Water for Elephants$9,70013%41-50$237$58,657,39815Fox
11A Little Help$7,93352%240$331$76,5712Freestyle Releasing
13Delhi Belly$4,70680%7-18$672$1,522,4745UTV Communications
14Submarine$3,350-4%191$176$445,6609Weinstein Company
15Everything Must Go$1,32378%8-1$165$2,692,94312Roadside Attractions
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$830435%20$415$232,67846Collective Eye
17The Last Mountain$42850%2-1$214$112,0069Dada Films
18Daylight (2011)$370172%0----$2,5583Cinema Purgatorio
19The Music Never Stopped$29129%2-2$146$256,47620Roadside Attractions
2035 and Ticking$212-3%2-1$106$94,51111Image Entertainment
21The Conspirator$21046%3-7$70$11,531,60716Roadside Attractions