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 Thu, Aug. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$4,333,909-22%2,511--$1,726$9,873,8260Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,329,199-12%3,648--$1,187$77,375,9191Fox
3The Smurfs$2,474,724-17%3,3950$729$88,045,6602Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,522,004-8%3,175-970$479$350,085,9414Warner Bros.
5Captain America: The First Avenger$1,390,483-8%3,620-95$384$149,760,2063Paramount
6Cowboys & Aliens$1,332,670-9%3,7544$355$73,862,7102Universal
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,258,251-14%3,0200$417$48,472,2962Warner Bros.
8The Change-Up$1,150,635-14%2,913--$395$19,532,2051Universal
9Friends With Benefits$528,509-12%2,240-686$236$51,232,8823Sony / Screen Gems
10Horrible Bosses$488,315-14%2,025-485$241$107,564,6465Warner Bros. / New Line
11Transformers: Dark of the Moon$356,139-5%1,854-750$192$345,884,1686Paramount / DreamWorks
12Zookeeper$240,701-9%1,458-960$165$74,797,4355Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$153,750-10%773-990$199$185,536,6567Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$96,734-9%615-1017$157$24,908,0644Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$89,022-9%290-29$307$163,082,53111Paramount / DreamWorks
4Bridesmaids$69,190-5%374-110$185$166,809,37513Universal
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$68,8820%327-85$211$65,707,4358Fox
6X-Men: First Class$50,2618%235-19$214$145,500,73710Fox
7The Hangover Part II$37,844-9%303-43$125$253,759,62811Warner Bros.
8Bad Teacher$37,494-6%314-451$119$97,697,5947Sony / Columbia
9The Tree of Life$34,254-9%170-26$201$12,313,59711Fox Searchlight
10Super 8$21,055-8%174-151$121$125,411,7859Paramount
11Monte Carlo$19,594-1%141-27$139$22,602,0766Fox
12Rio (2011)$19,593-8%139-35$141$143,408,67317Fox
13Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$19,115-18%11623$165$1,113,8094Fox Searchlight
14Beginners$18,4462%126-21$146$5,425,11510Focus
15Thor$16,7200%141-49$119$180,897,79214Paramount
16Larry Crowne$14,885-13%229-106$65$35,473,0156Universal
17Green Lantern (2011)$12,810-2%108-27$119$114,631,2018Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$73,138-8%490$1,493$11,085,02818Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$51,045-16%6734$762$1,537,9293Weinstein Company
3The Devil's Double$20,495-11%3328$621$438,5312Lionsgate
4Another Earth$18,309-1%5535$333$534,6413Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$11,361-12%80$1,420$346,1362Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$8,705-6%1817$484$170,8572Roadside Attractions
7Fast Five$7,740-6%86-39$90$209,837,67515Universal
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$5,940-23%88-73$68$14,988,1369Relativity Media
9Project Nim$3,50617%210$167$284,5885Roadside Attractions
10A Better Life$3,32717%74-34$45$1,680,5457Summit
11Gun Hill Road$3,084-18%3--$1,028$52,0271Motion Film Group
12Insidious$1,59916%26-15$62$53,972,68519FilmDistrict
13Submarine$1,206-21%10-9$121$463,50610Weinstein Company
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$72811%3--$243$235,33047Collective Eye
15Everything Must Go$42038%80$53$2,701,35113Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$63-72%2--$32$11,532,59717Roadside Attractions
17Delhi Belly$58-81%6-1$10$1,532,5946UTV Communications