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. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$8,919,921--2,330--$3,828$8,919,9211Disney
2Contagion$4,646,043160%3,2220$1,442$34,358,1342Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$4,009,445--2,886--$1,389$4,009,4451FilmDistrict
4Straw Dogs (2011)$1,979,631--2,408--$822$1,979,6311Sony / Screen Gems
5The Help$1,940,456105%3,01479$644$142,867,2106Disney / DreamWorks
6I Don't Know How She Does It$1,565,681--2,476--$632$1,565,6811Weinstein Company
7Warrior (2011)$907,496108%1,88314$482$8,049,7962Lionsgate
8The Debt$870,197101%1,831-45$475$24,491,9973Focus
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$750,013164%2,340-547$321$169,743,4197Fox
10Colombiana$721,658129%1,933-421$373$31,768,8904Sony / TriStar
11Shark Night 3D$542,589181%2,082-766$261$16,051,2903Relativity Media
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$502,732148%1,145-165$439$79,672,8238Warner Bros.
13Our Idiot Brother$408,45656%1,747-649$234$22,785,8754Weinstein Company
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$354,306116%1,334-917$266$22,013,2174FilmDistrict
15Apollo 18$341,25167%1,795-1535$190$16,129,6603Weinstein Company
16Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$280,010279%1,650-894$170$34,797,3775Weinstein Company
17The Smurfs$257,629190%1,419-558$182$136,608,2428Sony / Columbia
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$131,33919%1,5000$88$2,067,4032Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$448,266300%230132$1,949$2,855,7722CodeBlack Entertainment
2Seven Days in Utopia$186,395128%437-118$427$3,219,2283Visio Entertainment
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$180,39385%601-209$300$377,660,51610Warner Bros.
4Captain America: The First Avenger$154,360107%540-264$286$173,891,9349Paramount
5Cowboys & Aliens$150,130133%614-306$245$98,449,5968Universal
6Horrible Bosses$140,393109%444-59$316$116,199,51911Warner Bros. / New Line
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$117,844684%306129$385$350,980,62312Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bad Teacher$98,831--474378$209$99,163,18013Sony / Columbia
9Zookeeper$95,381--3485$274$78,955,54511Sony / Columbia
10The Change-Up$72,145140%307-67$235$36,684,6757Universal
11Sarah's Key$71,22431%266-40$268$6,121,5189Weinstein Company
1230 Minutes or Less$70,14736%291-355$241$36,747,9196Sony / Columbia
13Final Destination 5$67,30548%302-353$223$41,995,1846Warner Bros. / New Line
14Bridesmaids$56,950204%170-27$335$168,787,78519Universal
15One Day$47,5688%254-238$187$13,662,5025Focus
16Mr. Popper's Penguins$36,376388%213-39$171$67,768,41314Fox
17Super 8$27,396117%159-44$172$126,804,80815Paramount
18Conan the Barbarian (2011)$26,324-27%154-397$171$21,088,6325Lionsgate
19Saving Private Perez$23,10467%116-49$199$1,265,6193Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Kung Fu Panda 2$20,643179%142-22$145$165,051,37417Paramount / DreamWorks
21Green Lantern (2011)$16,007100%103-52$155$116,512,29714Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$21,53934%490$440$12,756,15424Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Friends With Benefits$21,368--96-18$223$55,761,4089Sony / Screen Gems
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$15,572640%1916$820$126,8523Indomina Media
4Monte Carlo$14,939148%46-23$325$23,087,13012Fox
5Circumstance$14,596163%318$471$220,2214Roadside Attractions
6The Tree of Life$9,12732%41-21$223$13,124,54217Fox Searchlight
7Attack the Block$7,313-1%35-16$209$986,4718Sony / Screen Gems
8The Future$4,72691%293$163$490,1908Roadside Attractions
9The Devil's Double$2,8338%25-8$113$1,335,4268Lionsgate
10Another Earth$2,370-27%17-24$139$1,288,0219Fox Searchlight
11Project Nim$1,77593%176$104$378,65911Roadside Attractions
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$454-44%5-3$91$1,340,73410Fox Searchlight
13Tanner Hall$147-71%1-4$147$4,8372Anchor Bay Films