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 Sun, Jul. 31 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cowboys & Aliens$10,162,555-23%3,750--$2,710$36,431,2901Universal
2The Smurfs$9,740,511-23%3,395--$2,869$35,611,6371Sony / Columbia
3Captain America: The First Avenger$7,750,118-22%3,7150$2,086$117,421,5712Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,962,129-18%4,145-230$1,680$318,511,6023Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$5,446,148-23%3,020--$1,803$19,104,3031Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$2,670,092-22%2,9260$913$38,175,9732Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$2,154,012-24%2,510-594$858$96,290,9174Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,825,860-26%2,604-771$701$338,007,7255Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$1,187,906-30%2,418-797$491$68,832,7334Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$735,093-20%1,763-905$417$182,118,6906Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$575,635-14%1,632-773$353$22,435,4903Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$249,260-27%484-196$515$165,457,08012Universal
2Bad Teacher$244,486-26%765-1269$320$96,718,1476Sony / Columbia
3Kung Fu Panda 2$208,441-18%31969$653$161,681,66710Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hangover Part II$126,145-19%34671$365$253,027,04310Warner Bros.
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$122,426-33%412-179$297$64,625,4697Fox
6The Tree of Life$106,011-21%196-34$541$11,685,37110Fox Searchlight
7Super 8$88,583-29%325-333$273$124,973,8318Paramount
8X-Men: First Class$87,297-23%254-41$344$144,723,8429Fox
9Thor$67,518-15%190-46$355$180,580,79513Paramount
10Beginners$67,156-34%147-10$457$5,032,4059Focus
11Larry Crowne$65,325-42%335-700$195$35,107,9455Universal
12Green Lantern (2011)$64,500-5%135-286$478$114,327,6147Warner Bros.
13Rio (2011)$58,437-17%174-36$336$143,021,06816Fox
14Fast Five$43,750-20%125-49$350$209,688,23514Universal
15Monte Carlo$36,630-28%168-192$218$22,275,8955Fox
16A Better Life$24,733-20%108-74$229$1,585,5586Summit
17Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$13,972-47%161-29$87$14,880,4568Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$121,678-22%3328$3,687$536,6502Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$73,136-11%491$1,493$10,282,55517Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$56,842-24%9332$611$710,0153Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$43,185-14%8--$5,398$139,5061Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$34,983-19%2016$1,749$221,4922Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$31,292-6%5--$6,258$96,4141Lionsgate
7Singham$21,710-13%39-11$557$287,4582Reliance Big Pictures
8Project Nim$10,387-23%212$495$227,0484Roadside Attractions
9A Little Help$9,21816%240$384$85,7892Freestyle Releasing
10The Future$7,272-30%1--$7,272$27,1371Roadside Attractions
11Water for Elephants$6,702-31%41-50$163$58,664,10015Fox
12Insidious$5,948-25%41-18$145$53,943,19218FilmDistrict
13Submarine$3,6439%191$192$449,3039Weinstein Company
14Delhi Belly$1,912-59%7-18$273$1,524,3865UTV Communications
15Everything Must Go$1,180-11%8-1$148$2,694,12312Roadside Attractions
16The Last Mountain$164-62%2-1$82$112,1709Dada Films
17The Conspirator$156-26%3-7$52$11,531,76316Roadside Attractions
1835 and Ticking$141-33%2-1$71$94,65211Image Entertainment
19The Music Never Stopped$114-61%2--$57$256,59020Roadside Attractions
20Daylight (2011)$90-76%0----$2,6483Cinema Purgatorio