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 Sat, Aug. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$19,305,174-1%3,648--$5,292$38,839,8731Fox
2The Smurfs$8,058,98035%3,3950$2,374$69,223,5022Sony / Columbia
3Cowboys & Aliens$6,363,03036%3,7544$1,695$62,656,8252Universal
4Captain America: The First Avenger$5,183,68537%3,620-95$1,432$139,160,4683Paramount
5The Change-Up$4,995,7955%2,913--$1,715$9,773,3451Universal
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,834,99943%3,175-970$1,523$338,850,1244Warner Bros.
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$4,711,59826%3,0200$1,560$38,527,4702Warner Bros.
8Horrible Bosses$1,868,84138%2,025-485$923$103,763,9645Warner Bros. / New Line
9Friends With Benefits$1,800,91222%2,398-528$751$47,115,9413Sony / Screen Gems
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,252,03146%1,854-750$675$343,270,5936Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$877,48532%1,724-694$509$72,985,9515Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$480,34658%926-837$519$184,369,5777Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$303,60863%716-916$424$24,123,3844Disney
3Bridesmaids$230,01540%374-110$615$166,338,24013Universal
4Kung Fu Panda 2$199,74134%290-29$689$162,544,41411Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$166,77730%327-85$510$65,314,7888Fox
6X-Men: First Class$149,88017%236-18$635$145,200,48110Fox
7Bad Teacher$139,44521%350-415$398$97,427,1447Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part II$116,13727%303-43$383$253,503,32311Warner Bros.
9The Tree of Life$106,24465%170-26$625$12,073,97011Fox Searchlight
10Beginners$81,57488%126-21$647$5,285,80510Focus
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$72,58962%11623$626$955,0224Fox Searchlight
12Larry Crowne$69,84542%229-106$305$35,356,1206Universal
13Super 8$68,79529%174-151$395$125,268,7599Paramount
14Rio (2011)$54,56933%139-35$393$143,279,93017Fox
15Monte Carlo$51,78219%141-27$367$22,482,6506Fox
16Thor$44,22337%141-49$314$180,793,01214Paramount
17Green Lantern (2011)$42,30314%108-27$392$114,539,5038Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$229,83580%6734$3,430$1,089,2533Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$84,20236%490$1,718$10,715,87118Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$74,78929%3328$2,266$276,3192Lionsgate
4Another Earth$66,54544%5535$1,210$394,8323Fox Searchlight
5The Future$34,54657%1817$1,919$101,0152Roadside Attractions
6Attack the Block$29,87931%80$3,735$270,7122Sony / Screen Gems
7Fast Five$23,65045%86-39$275$209,786,94015Universal
8A Better Life$18,12675%74-34$245$1,651,8557Summit
9Gun Hill Road$12,436-14%3--$4,145$26,8261Motion Film Group
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$10,27314%88-73$117$14,950,3459Relativity Media
11Project Nim$9,10354%210$433$261,6365Roadside Attractions
12Insidious$4,97143%26-15$191$53,963,17319FilmDistrict
1335 and Ticking$4,2204%53$844$103,35912Image Entertainment
14Delhi Belly$2,280126%6-1$380$1,530,4796UTV Communications
15Everything Must Go$1,528126%80$191$2,698,90313Roadside Attractions
16Singham$1,36345%9-30$151$343,4923Reliance Big Pictures
17Submarine$1,19668%10-9$120$458,32310Weinstein Company
18The Last Mountain$866-55%31$289$115,46310Dada Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$201-34%20$101$233,61847Collective Eye
20The Conspirator$54-36%2-1$27$11,531,90117Roadside Attractions