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 Tue, Aug. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$5,664,83113%3,395--$1,669$46,281,1571Sony / Columbia
2Cowboys & Aliens$4,256,2500%3,750--$1,135$44,963,5901Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$3,621,5055%3,7150$975$124,481,5342Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$3,299,364-1%4,145-230$796$325,139,2063Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,074,99113%3,020--$1,018$24,907,4121Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$1,633,52713%2,9260$558$41,255,8212Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$1,167,9529%2,510-594$465$98,527,3374Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$851,9363%2,604-771$327$339,690,8055Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$713,53421%2,418-797$295$70,134,8474Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$381,6316%1,763-905$216$182,861,9746Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$315,57912%1,632-773$193$23,033,6853Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kung Fu Panda 2$148,05018%31969$464$161,955,41910Paramount / DreamWorks
2Bridesmaids$125,98511%484-196$260$165,696,80512Universal
3Bad Teacher$124,5036%765-1269$163$96,960,4726Sony / Columbia
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$107,07850%412-179$260$64,803,8497Fox
5The Hangover Part II$72,1035%34671$208$253,167,64510Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$56,75210%196-34$290$11,793,91010Fox Searchlight
7X-Men: First Class$52,5737%254-41$207$144,825,7419Fox
8Super 8$46,7897%325-333$144$125,064,3988Paramount
9Rio (2011)$46,70844%174-36$268$143,100,23016Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$39,34513%135-286$291$114,401,7897Warner Bros.
11Beginners$36,93927%147-10$251$5,098,4809Focus
12Thor$36,0028%190-46$189$180,650,28213Paramount
13Larry Crowne$33,55518%335-700$100$35,169,9755Universal
14Monte Carlo$29,6348%168-192$176$22,332,8905Fox
15Fast Five$14,9654%125-49$120$209,717,57514Universal
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$14,15448%161-29$88$14,904,1738Relativity Media
17A Better Life$10,58824%108-74$98$1,604,6766Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$66,6958%491$1,361$10,410,92217Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$51,15120%3328$1,550$630,4332Weinstein Company
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$37,93642%9332$408$774,5953Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$20,548-2%8--$2,569$180,9191Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$14,973-5%2016$749$252,2142Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$11,614-13%5--$2,323$121,3811Lionsgate
7Water for Elephants$5,54430%41-50$135$58,673,90115Fox
8Project Nim$4,852-14%212$231$237,5744Roadside Attractions
9The Future$4,118-4%1--$4,118$35,5311Roadside Attractions
10Insidious$2,926-2%41-18$71$53,949,10018FilmDistrict
11A Little Help$2,84620%240$119$91,0042Freestyle Releasing
12Submarine$1,73829%191$91$452,3889Weinstein Company
13Delhi Belly$82970%7-18$118$1,525,7035UTV Communications
14Everything Must Go$81125%8-1$101$2,695,58412Roadside Attractions
15The Music Never Stopped$201673%2-2$101$256,81720Roadside Attractions
1635 and Ticking$146-10%2-1$73$94,97011Image Entertainment
17The Last Mountain$97-16%2--$49$112,3839Dada Films
18Daylight (2011)$4025%0----$2,7203Cinema Purgatorio