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 Thu, Sep. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$1,788,4507%3,222--$555$29,712,0911Warner Bros.
2The Help$948,2438%2,93592$323$140,926,7545Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$435,598-1%1,869--$233$7,142,3001Lionsgate
4The Debt$432,9803%1,87650$231$23,621,8002Focus
5Colombiana$315,7505%2,354-260$134$31,047,2323Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$283,9525%2,887-306$98$168,993,4066Fox
7Our Idiot Brother$261,5420%2,396-159$109$22,377,4193Weinstein Company
8Apollo 18$204,4232%3,3302$61$15,788,4092Weinstein Company
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$202,44612%1,310-140$155$79,170,0917Warner Bros.
10Shark Night 3D$192,9916%2,84842$68$15,508,7012Relativity Media
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$163,9635%2,251-529$73$21,658,9113FilmDistrict
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$110,104-7%1,500--$73$1,936,0641Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$88,7356%1,977-729$45$136,350,6137Sony / Columbia
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$73,8542%2,544-463$29$34,517,3674Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$97,7736%810-282$121$377,480,1239Warner Bros.
2Seven Days in Utopia$81,72820%555-6$147$3,032,8332Visio Entertainment
3Captain America: The First Avenger$74,63910%804-246$93$173,737,5748Paramount
4Horrible Bosses$67,3125%50381$134$116,059,12610Warner Bros. / New Line
5Cowboys & Aliens$64,4008%920-265$70$98,299,4667Universal
6Sarah's Key$54,5462%306-13$178$6,050,2948Weinstein Company
730 Minutes or Less$51,5422%646-709$80$36,677,7725Sony / Columbia
8Final Destination 5$45,59813%655-571$70$41,927,8795Warner Bros. / New Line
9One Day$43,9526%492-695$89$13,614,9344Focus
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$36,13310%551-1171$66$21,062,3084Lionsgate
11The Change-Up$30,0050%374-165$80$36,612,5306Universal
12Bridesmaids$18,7156%197-23$95$168,817,53518Universal
13Transformers: Dark of the Moon$15,032-4%177-247$85$350,862,77911Paramount / DreamWorks
14Saving Private Perez$13,817-17%1654$84$1,242,5152Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Super 8$12,6187%203-37$62$126,777,41214Paramount
16Green Lantern (2011)$8,0201%155-30$52$116,496,29013Warner Bros.
17Mr. Popper's Penguins$7,456-4%2520$30$67,732,03713Fox
18Kung Fu Panda 2$7,3897%164-141$45$165,030,73116Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$111,9361%98--$1,142$2,407,5061CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$16,09211%490$328$12,734,61523Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$7,3543%51-15$144$979,1587Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$6,898-4%62-24$111$13,115,41516Fox Searchlight
5Monte Carlo$6,025-10%6928$87$23,072,19111Fox
6Circumstance$5,549-12%2312$241$205,6253Roadside Attractions
7X-Men: First Class$3,7518%67-34$56$146,372,86115Fox
8Another Earth$3,25837%41-30$79$1,285,6518Fox Searchlight
9The Devil's Double$2,626-1%33-16$80$1,332,5937Lionsgate
10The Future$2,4686%0-17--$485,4647Roadside Attractions
11Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2,105-10%30$702$111,2802Indomina Media
12The Hangover Part II$2,1015%60-30$35$254,464,30516Warner Bros.
13Project Nim$92015%11-4$84$376,88410Roadside Attractions
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$81076%8-4$101$1,340,2809Fox Searchlight
15Tanner Hall$505-7%5--$101$4,6901Anchor Bay Films
16Everything Must Go$92-23%40$23$2,711,64318Roadside Attractions
175 Days of War$41-34%1-2$41$17,4794Anchor Bay Films