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, Sep. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$3,631,457103%2,84365$1,277$108,022,0104Disney / DreamWorks
2Apollo 18$2,847,309--3,328--$856$2,847,3091Weinstein Company
3Shark Night 3D$2,797,477--2,806--$997$2,797,4771Relativity Media
4The Debt$2,631,999183%1,826--$1,441$4,533,4131Focus
5Colombiana$1,985,011140%2,6140$759$16,547,1332Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,867,251144%3,193-153$585$154,091,9445Fox
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,472,333147%2,78020$530$12,912,5222FilmDistrict
8Our Idiot Brother$1,436,170124%2,5550$562$11,671,5142Weinstein Company
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,054,096113%3,007-298$351$25,453,4013Weinstein Company
10The Smurfs$891,888108%2,706-155$330$128,844,5006Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$867,953154%1,450-127$599$72,071,6576Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$559,78783%1,092-236$513$372,710,7708Warner Bros.
1330 Minutes or Less$471,55557%1,355-716$348$33,669,2624Sony / Columbia
14Captain America: The First Avenger$456,605108%1,050-374$435$170,155,7797Paramount
15Cowboys & Aliens$444,375120%1,185-374$375$94,825,5306Universal
16Final Destination 5$382,11254%1,226-859$312$39,427,5104Warner Bros. / New Line
17Conan the Barbarian (2011)$372,70913%1,722-1293$216$18,590,2993Lionsgate
18One Day$358,55244%1,187-538$302$11,336,0873Focus
19Fright Night (2011)$345,7222%1,468-1646$236$16,107,8573Disney / DreamWorks
20Cars 2$238,564--2,043--$117$187,717,47011Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$420,927--561--$750$420,9271Visio Entertainment
2The Change-Up$204,82074%539-365$380$35,220,2205Universal
3Saving Private Perez$198,079--161--$1,230$198,0791Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Horrible Bosses$176,733133%422-43$419$114,331,3819Warner Bros. / New Line
5Zookeeper$175,651--401176$438$77,451,8099Sony / Columbia
6Sarah's Key$146,26988%31947$459$4,568,4337Weinstein Company
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$134,81980%424-94$318$349,894,56310Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bad Teacher$125,2141421%986911$127$98,425,60211Sony / Columbia
9Bridesmaids$74,800149%220-2$340$168,250,13517Universal
10Kung Fu Panda 2$70,792286%305111$232$164,431,46115Paramount / DreamWorks
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$70,286236%25213$279$67,191,80512Fox
12Super 8$69,913140%240-2$291$126,246,21913Paramount
13Friends With Benefits$48,187--161-53$299$55,395,3437Sony / Screen Gems
14Green Lantern (2011)$43,186105%185-37$233$116,106,80612Warner Bros.
15X-Men: First Class$26,290110%101-9$260$146,196,27814Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$230,778--88--$2,622$541,4361Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$36,83423%490$752$12,297,55122Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$24,036178%6636$364$770,0656Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$18,14317%86-11$211$12,927,24415Fox Searchlight
5Another Earth$16,06240%71-23$226$1,166,5047Fox Searchlight
6The Hangover Part II$14,96499%90-38$166$254,348,06615Warner Bros.
7Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$14,632--3--$4,877$14,6321Indomina Media
8Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$12,048-15%64-159$188$11,769,7014Fox
9Circumstance$10,84186%114$986$78,1532Roadside Attractions
10The Devil's Double$10,460-6%49-29$213$1,236,4336Lionsgate
11Beginners$8,94676%34-16$263$5,737,97714Focus
12The Future$6,781100%17-5$399$422,3226Roadside Attractions
13Monte Carlo$5,20835%41-50$127$22,922,17610Fox
14In/Sight$3,146--23--$137$3,1461Check Entertainment
15Project Nim$2,19278%15-1$146$353,7619Roadside Attractions
16Rio (2011)$1,87836%25-14$75$143,604,48021Fox
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,712--54$342$242,12951Collective Eye
185 Days of War$1,6931990%32$564$13,4513Anchor Bay Films
19Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,5879%12-3$132$1,327,1308Fox Searchlight
20Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$1,063--1--$1,063$1,0631Argot Pictures
21Redemption Road$824-4%10-16$82$23,1452Freestyle Releasing
22Insidious$74942%4-3$187$53,993,42423FilmDistrict
23The Music Never Stopped$150--1--$150$257,05325Roadside Attractions
24Everything Must Go$115-27%41$29$2,709,67117Roadside Attractions