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 Fri, Aug. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,107,99087%3,69143$2,197$85,483,9092Fox
2The Help$7,644,60876%2,534--$3,017$17,518,4341Disney / DreamWorks
3Final Destination 5$7,339,561--3,155--$2,326$7,339,5611Warner Bros. / New Line
430 Minutes or Less$4,845,247--2,888--$1,678$4,845,2471Sony / Columbia
5The Smurfs$3,781,61453%3,42732$1,103$91,827,2743Sony / Columbia
6Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$2,734,591--2,040--$1,340$2,734,5911Fox
7Cowboys & Aliens$2,201,15065%3,310-444$665$76,063,8603Universal
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$2,140,13070%2,635-385$812$50,612,4263Warner Bros.
9Captain America: The First Avenger$2,056,16748%2,835-785$725$151,816,3734Paramount
10The Change-Up$1,937,14568%2,9130$665$21,469,3502Universal
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,860,23122%2,414-761$771$351,946,1725Warner Bros.
12Horrible Bosses$706,11845%1,338-687$528$108,270,7646Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$582,11910%1,294-1104$450$51,815,0014Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$385,1328%886-968$435$346,269,3007Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$314,80631%748-976$421$75,112,2416Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$163,1026%494-432$330$185,699,7588Disney
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$120,76775%294-33$411$65,828,2029Fox
5Green Lantern (2011)$118,254823%242134$489$114,749,4559Warner Bros.
6Bridesmaids$108,28557%285-89$380$166,917,66014Universal
7Sarah's Key$107,003110%10134$1,059$1,644,9324Weinstein Company
8Kung Fu Panda 2$100,03112%252-38$397$163,182,56212Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bad Teacher$80,676115%149-201$541$97,778,2708Sony / Columbia
10X-Men: First Class$58,51116%183-53$320$145,559,24811Fox
11The Hangover Part II$53,94643%232-71$233$253,813,57412Warner Bros.
12The Tree of Life$40,32918%118-52$342$12,353,92612Fox Searchlight
13Super 8$30,36044%108-66$281$125,442,14510Paramount
14Monte Carlo$28,24644%124-17$228$22,630,3227Fox
15Larry Crowne$28,22090%166-63$170$35,501,2357Universal
16Beginners$24,05830%103-23$234$5,449,17311Focus
17Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$20,9129%104-12$201$1,134,7215Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Aarakshan$108,337--91--$1,191$108,3371Reliance Big Pictures
2The Devil's Double$73,196257%8956$822$511,7273Lionsgate
3Born to Be Wild 3D$64,018-12%490$1,306$11,149,04619Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Another Earth$41,057124%8227$501$575,6984Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$30,351167%4032$759$376,4873Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$19,142-2%99-40$193$143,427,81518Fox
7The Future$17,424100%202$871$188,2813Roadside Attractions
8Thor$15,912-5%81-60$196$180,913,70415Paramount
9Project Nim$7,137104%18-3$397$291,7256Roadside Attractions
10A Better Life$5,13054%51-23$101$1,685,6758Summit
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$3,888-35%55-33$71$14,992,02410Relativity Media
1235 and Ticking$1,538--50$308$111,64413Image Entertainment
13Insidious$1,412-12%13-13$109$53,974,09720FilmDistrict
14Submarine$872-28%7-3$125$464,37811Weinstein Company
15The Last Mountain$775--52$155$117,36611Dada Films
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$639-12%31$213$235,96948Collective Eye
17Everything Must Go$4579%3-5$152$2,701,80814Roadside Attractions
18The Conspirator$304383%20$152$11,532,90118Roadside Attractions