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. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,796,455-20%3,69143$2,383$105,208,2262Fox
2The Help$8,403,095-16%2,534--$3,316$35,918,4161Disney / DreamWorks
3The Smurfs$4,654,044-12%3,42732$1,358$101,778,7413Sony / Columbia
4Final Destination 5$4,415,869-30%3,155--$1,400$18,031,3961Warner Bros. / New Line
530 Minutes or Less$3,984,166-11%2,888--$1,380$13,330,1181Sony / Columbia
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,629,305-5%2,414-761$1,089$357,337,3555Warner Bros.
7Cowboys & Aliens$2,432,555-23%3,310-444$735$81,674,0153Universal
8Captain America: The First Avenger$2,275,642-21%2,835-785$803$156,971,1084Paramount
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$2,177,995-20%2,635-385$827$55,526,5243Warner Bros.
10The Change-Up$1,893,450-24%2,9130$650$25,838,8502Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$1,510,912-12%2,040--$741$5,961,2311Fox
12Horrible Bosses$728,830-27%1,338-687$545$110,003,1446Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$545,913-24%1,294-1104$422$53,079,3374Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$424,979-26%886-968$480$347,268,8007Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$281,366-31%748-976$376$75,800,6906Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$239,951-7%494-432$486$186,196,5578Disney
4Sarah's Key$173,779-15%10134$1,721$2,024,0254Weinstein Company
5Green Lantern (2011)$127,861-20%242134$528$115,037,1449Warner Bros.
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$113,483-26%294-33$386$66,094,2919Fox
7Kung Fu Panda 2$111,686-20%252-38$443$163,433,62712Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bridesmaids$104,025-30%285-89$365$167,169,89514Universal
9The Hangover Part II$54,523-26%232-71$235$253,941,29212Warner Bros.
10The Tree of Life$53,455-18%118-52$453$12,472,58512Fox Searchlight
11X-Men: First Class$52,406-32%183-53$286$145,688,54611Fox
12Beginners$35,921-13%103-23$349$5,526,44611Focus
13Super 8$33,887-23%108-66$314$125,520,06110Paramount
14Bad Teacher$33,724-62%149-201$226$97,901,4218Sony / Columbia
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$30,309-2%104-12$291$1,195,8675Fox Searchlight
16Larry Crowne$25,730-34%166-63$155$35,565,9757Universal
17Monte Carlo$24,841-28%124-17$200$22,689,4887Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Aarakshan$97,231-29%91--$1,068$342,8011Reliance Big Pictures
2The Devil's Double$90,687-6%8956$1,019$698,7943Lionsgate
3Born to Be Wild 3D$81,0851%490$1,655$11,310,34519Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Another Earth$63,8467%8227$779$699,0594Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$37,741-5%4032$944$454,0873Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$21,860-24%99-40$221$143,478,28018Fox
7The Future$20,571-20%202$1,029$234,5523Roadside Attractions
8Thor$16,320-28%81-60$201$180,952,82815Paramount
9Project Nim$7,194-17%18-3$400$307,6216Roadside Attractions
10A Better Life$5,885-8%51-23$115$1,697,9738Summit
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$4,90020%55-33$89$15,000,99410Relativity Media
12Insidious$1,733-18%13-13$133$53,977,93820FilmDistrict
13The Last Mountain$1,51323%52$303$120,10711Dada Films
14Submarine$807-47%7-3$115$466,70211Weinstein Company
1535 and Ticking$718-53%50$144$113,88813Image Entertainment
16Everything Must Go$307-28%3-5$102$2,702,54214Roadside Attractions
17The Conspirator$226-20%20$113$11,533,40918Roadside Attractions
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$40-93%31$13$236,60748Collective Eye