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, Aug. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$15,966,318-17%3,648--$4,377$54,806,1911Fox
2The Smurfs$6,680,744-17%3,3950$1,968$75,904,2462Sony / Columbia
3Cowboys & Aliens$4,692,695-26%3,7544$1,250$67,349,5202Universal
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,235,921-12%3,175-970$1,334$343,086,0454Warner Bros.
5Captain America: The First Avenger$4,043,499-22%3,620-95$1,117$143,203,9673Paramount
6The Change-Up$3,757,770-25%2,913--$1,290$13,531,1151Universal
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,574,782-24%3,0200$1,184$42,102,2522Warner Bros.
8Friends With Benefits$1,410,346-22%2,398-528$588$48,526,2873Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$1,361,451-27%2,025-485$672$105,125,4155Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$973,893-22%1,854-750$525$344,244,4866Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$627,589-28%1,724-694$364$73,613,5405Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$437,753-9%926-837$473$184,807,3307Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$317,2444%716-916$443$24,440,6284Disney
3Bridesmaids$160,825-30%374-110$430$166,499,06513Universal
4Kung Fu Panda 2$151,543-24%290-29$523$162,695,95711Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$112,181-33%327-85$343$65,426,9698Fox
6X-Men: First Class$91,870-39%236-18$389$145,292,35110Fox
7Bad Teacher$86,823-38%350-415$248$97,513,9677Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part II$85,840-26%303-43$283$253,589,16311Warner Bros.
9The Tree of Life$84,149-21%170-26$495$12,158,11911Fox Searchlight
10Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$60,448-17%11623$521$1,015,4704Fox Searchlight
11Beginners$58,773-28%126-21$466$5,344,57810Focus
12Super 8$48,040-30%174-151$276$125,316,7999Paramount
13Rio (2011)$43,351-21%139-35$312$143,323,28117Fox
14Larry Crowne$42,365-39%229-106$185$35,398,4856Universal
15Monte Carlo$33,449-35%141-27$237$22,516,0996Fox
16Thor$32,639-26%141-49$231$180,825,65114Paramount
17Green Lantern (2011)$30,881-27%108-27$286$114,570,3848Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$190,638-17%6734$2,845$1,279,8913Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$82,401-2%490$1,682$10,798,27218Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$65,832-12%3328$1,995$342,1512Lionsgate
4Another Earth$57,947-13%5535$1,054$452,7793Fox Searchlight
5The Future$29,256-15%1817$1,625$130,2712Roadside Attractions
6Attack the Block$25,119-16%80$3,140$295,8312Sony / Screen Gems
7Fast Five$18,065-24%86-39$210$209,805,00515Universal
8A Better Life$12,484-31%74-34$169$1,664,3397Summit
9Gun Hill Road$11,137-10%3--$3,712$37,9631Motion Film Group
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$8,814-14%88-73$100$14,959,1599Relativity Media
11Project Nim$8,487-7%210$404$270,1235Roadside Attractions
12Insidious$3,396-32%26-15$131$53,966,56919FilmDistrict
1335 and Ticking$2,980-29%53$596$106,33912Image Entertainment
14Singham$1,63320%9-30$181$345,1253Reliance Big Pictures
15Delhi Belly$1,278-44%6-1$213$1,531,7576UTV Communications
16Everything Must Go$928-39%80$116$2,699,83113Roadside Attractions
17Submarine$912-24%10-9$91$459,23510Weinstein Company
18The Last Mountain$514-41%31$171$115,97710Dada Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2209%20$110$233,83847Collective Eye
20The Conspirator$9678%2-1$48$11,531,99717Roadside Attractions