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 Tue, Sep. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$2,192,30532%3,222--$680$26,251,2231Warner Bros.
2The Help$1,020,58236%2,93592$348$139,100,2045Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$576,46629%1,869--$308$6,264,9311Lionsgate
4The Debt$539,80050%1,87650$288$22,767,1532Focus
5Colombiana$394,68328%2,354-260$168$30,429,5783Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$334,89630%2,887-306$116$168,439,7176Fox
7Our Idiot Brother$313,50735%2,396-159$131$21,854,5183Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$264,18835%2,84842$93$15,133,1582Relativity Media
9Apollo 18$252,42131%3,3302$76$15,384,3852Weinstein Company
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$217,44044%1,310-140$166$78,786,2427Warner Bros.
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$182,97218%2,251-529$81$21,338,7923FilmDistrict
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$160,92723%1,500--$107$1,706,9781Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$93,41324%1,977-729$47$136,177,8927Sony / Columbia
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$84,00531%2,544-463$33$34,371,2014Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$99,18215%810-282$122$377,290,1119Warner Bros.
2Horrible Bosses$74,54330%50381$148$115,927,70710Warner Bros. / New Line
3Captain America: The First Avenger$74,40423%804-246$93$173,594,7988Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$73,23423%555-6$132$2,882,7782Visio Entertainment
5Cowboys & Aliens$69,0457%920-265$75$98,175,2667Universal
630 Minutes or Less$57,88827%646-709$90$36,575,7685Sony / Columbia
7One Day$56,81959%492-695$115$13,529,5644Focus
8Sarah's Key$53,39746%306-13$175$5,942,3248Weinstein Company
9Final Destination 5$47,47525%655-571$72$41,841,9285Warner Bros. / New Line
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$39,31618%551-1171$71$20,993,4664Lionsgate
11The Change-Up$39,27540%374-165$105$36,552,6056Universal
12Bridesmaids$18,71536%197-23$95$168,781,09018Universal
13Saving Private Perez$18,7064%1654$113$1,212,0982Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$18,33134%177-247$104$350,832,07611Paramount / DreamWorks
15Super 8$12,81911%203-37$63$126,753,03814Paramount
16Green Lantern (2011)$8,71917%155-30$56$116,480,29613Warner Bros.
17Mr. Popper's Penguins$8,36321%2520$33$67,716,78313Fox
18Kung Fu Panda 2$7,5685%164-141$46$165,016,40416Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$132,708-8%98--$1,354$2,184,7041CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,97044%490$265$12,704,06623Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$8,34218%51-15$164$964,6467Sony / Screen Gems
4Monte Carlo$6,44224%6928$93$23,059,44411Fox
5Circumstance$6,43623%2312$280$193,7983Roadside Attractions
6The Tree of Life$4,901-17%62-24$79$13,101,29416Fox Searchlight
7X-Men: First Class$3,687-2%67-34$55$146,365,63015Fox
8The Devil's Double$3,54734%33-16$107$1,327,3077Lionsgate
9Another Earth$3,0471%41-30$74$1,280,0088Fox Searchlight
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2,36825%30$789$106,8492Indomina Media
11The Future$2,286-6%0-17--$480,6707Roadside Attractions
12The Hangover Part II$2,27417%60-30$38$254,460,20316Warner Bros.
13Project Nim$572-11%11-4$52$375,16210Roadside Attractions
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$474-23%8-4$59$1,339,0119Fox Searchlight
15Tanner Hall$396-11%5--$79$3,6421Anchor Bay Films
16The Music Never Stopped$130713%1--$130$258,22326Roadside Attractions
17Everything Must Go$76-48%40$19$2,711,43218Roadside Attractions
185 Days of War$685%1-2$68$17,3764Anchor Bay Films