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, Sep. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$4,997,546-47%3,222--$1,551$22,403,5961Warner Bros.
2The Help$2,325,321-41%2,93592$792$137,327,8005Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$1,337,800-37%1,869--$716$5,242,1071Lionsgate
4The Debt$1,150,196-47%1,87650$613$21,867,6762Focus
5Colombiana$995,843-44%2,354-260$423$29,726,2883Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$964,745-47%2,887-306$334$167,847,1166Fox
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$797,178-35%2,544-463$313$34,223,0184Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$781,407-52%2,84842$274$14,672,5922Relativity Media
9Apollo 18$668,081-49%3,3302$201$14,939,3032Weinstein Company
10Our Idiot Brother$615,546-49%2,396-159$257$21,309,5473Weinstein Company
11The Smurfs$569,528-35%1,977-729$288$136,009,2777Sony / Columbia
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$506,176-48%1,310-140$386$78,417,4487Warner Bros.
13Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$493,035-51%2,251-529$219$21,000,6043FilmDistrict
14Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$344,073-35%1,500--$229$1,415,0231Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$287,484-36%810-282$355$377,104,6849Warner Bros.
2Cowboys & Aliens$211,600-45%920-265$230$98,041,8217Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$208,975-47%804-246$260$173,459,6638Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$161,872-41%555-6$292$2,749,8562Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$139,856-47%50381$278$115,795,82310Warner Bros. / New Line
6Final Destination 5$125,742-52%655-571$192$41,756,4735Warner Bros. / New Line
730 Minutes or Less$122,433-48%646-709$190$36,472,3545Sony / Columbia
8Zookeeper$116,547-44%343-58$340$78,767,40110Sony / Columbia
9Sarah's Key$108,241-38%306-13$354$5,852,4258Weinstein Company
10One Day$97,438-39%492-695$198$13,436,9914Focus
11Saving Private Perez$90,617-5%1654$549$1,175,3742Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Conan the Barbarian (2011)$84,242-36%551-1171$153$20,920,8824Lionsgate
13The Change-Up$76,670-47%374-165$205$36,485,3256Universal
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$44,968-46%177-247$254$350,800,07711Paramount / DreamWorks
15Mr. Popper's Penguins$44,068-45%2520$175$67,701,50613Fox
16Super 8$37,019-43%203-37$182$126,728,70914Paramount
17Kung Fu Panda 2$36,387-39%164-141$222$165,001,60916Paramount / DreamWorks
18Bridesmaids$35,460-50%197-23$180$168,748,58518Universal
19Green Lantern (2011)$30,547-45%155-30$197$116,464,12513Warner Bros.
20Friends With Benefits$16,332-53%114-47$143$55,705,0008Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$380,195-51%98--$3,880$1,908,4201CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$32,687-22%490$667$12,682,09923Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Monte Carlo$27,379-43%6928$397$23,047,80211Fox
4Circumstance$16,261-27%2312$707$182,1143Roadside Attractions
5The Tree of Life$15,745-15%62-24$254$13,090,52116Fox Searchlight
6Attack the Block$14,511-28%51-15$285$949,2177Sony / Screen Gems
7Bad Teacher$11,133-61%96-890$116$99,039,41412Sony / Columbia
8X-Men: First Class$9,714-48%67-34$145$146,358,17515Fox
9Another Earth$7,251-20%41-30$177$1,273,9388Fox Searchlight
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$6,841-30%30$2,280$102,5852Indomina Media
11The Devil's Double$6,307-31%33-16$191$1,321,1227Lionsgate
12The Future$5,600-23%269$215$475,9517Roadside Attractions
13The Hangover Part II$5,074-64%60-30$85$254,455,98616Warner Bros.
14Project Nim$1,332-50%11-4$121$373,94410Roadside Attractions
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$860-30%8-4$108$1,337,9199Fox Searchlight
16Tanner Hall$731-27%5--$146$2,8031Anchor Bay Films
17The Music Never Stopped$168--10$168$258,07726Roadside Attractions
18Everything Must Go$168-26%40$42$2,711,21018Roadside Attractions
195 Days of War$94-14%1-2$94$17,2434Anchor Bay Films
20In/Sight$56-55%3-20$19$17,0122Check Entertainment
21The Conspirator$80%1--$8$11,538,20422Roadside Attractions