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. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$9,298,131-22%2,330--$3,991$30,151,6141Disney
2Contagion$3,460,435-46%3,2220$1,074$44,260,5242Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$2,904,323-34%2,886--$1,006$11,340,4611FilmDistrict
4The Help$1,734,633-39%3,01479$576$147,439,7936Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$1,220,365-37%2,408--$507$5,123,7601Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$1,020,719-44%2,476--$412$4,402,2011Weinstein Company
7Warrior (2011)$798,926-31%1,88314$424$10,002,6252Lionsgate
8The Debt$703,802-49%1,831-45$384$26,564,4313Focus
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$691,415-43%2,340-547$295$171,651,5377Fox
10Colombiana$607,436-39%1,933-421$314$33,377,5234Sony / TriStar
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$539,796-30%1,650-894$327$36,107,7345Weinstein Company
12Shark Night 3D$414,735-51%2,082-766$199$17,310,4023Relativity Media
13The Smurfs$396,569-33%1,419-558$279$137,593,8818Sony / Columbia
14Crazy, Stupid, Love$352,024-51%1,145-165$307$80,736,2738Warner Bros.
15Our Idiot Brother$314,006-45%1,747-649$180$23,672,2104Weinstein Company
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$271,490-46%1,334-917$204$22,783,5024FilmDistrict
17Apollo 18$263,586-46%1,795-1535$147$16,885,8423Weinstein Company
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$108,933-30%1,5000$73$2,331,3182Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$297,982-33%230132$1,296$3,598,2622CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$205,877-34%601-209$343$378,180,62110Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$149,299-43%540-264$276$174,301,5209Paramount
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$143,316-31%306129$468$351,331,98712Paramount / DreamWorks
5Seven Days in Utopia$142,082-38%437-118$325$3,589,8823Visio Entertainment
6Cowboys & Aliens$141,220-41%614-306$230$98,830,2768Universal
7Bridesmaids$126,565325%170-27$745$168,944,10019Universal
8Horrible Bosses$105,314-47%444-59$237$116,504,48711Warner Bros. / New Line
9Zookeeper$104,299-40%3485$300$79,234,20111Sony / Columbia
10Bad Teacher$84,470-41%474378$178$99,390,89813Sony / Columbia
11Sarah's Key$75,067-38%266-40$282$6,316,8009Weinstein Company
12Final Destination 5$54,045-40%302-353$179$42,139,2086Warner Bros. / New Line
1330 Minutes or Less$53,827-45%291-355$185$36,900,3256Sony / Columbia
14The Change-Up$53,725-48%307-67$175$36,841,2457Universal
15Mr. Popper's Penguins$48,431-37%213-39$227$67,893,86514Fox
16One Day$38,610-41%254-238$152$13,766,0145Focus
17Saving Private Perez$36,39831%116-49$314$1,329,8503Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Kung Fu Panda 2$32,878-25%142-22$232$165,128,18217Paramount / DreamWorks
19Super 8$25,221-37%159-44$159$126,869,83315Paramount
20Conan the Barbarian (2011)$24,265-35%154-397$158$21,150,2445Lionsgate
21Green Lantern (2011)$14,108-43%103-52$137$116,551,12214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$36,200-24%490$739$12,839,94324Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Monte Carlo$15,461-46%46-23$336$23,131,33412Fox
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$15,099-31%1916$795$163,6843Indomina Media
4Circumstance$13,823-32%318$446$254,4664Roadside Attractions
5Friends With Benefits$12,111-59%96-18$126$55,802,7549Sony / Screen Gems
6The Tree of Life$10,827-30%41-21$264$13,150,73317Fox Searchlight
7Attack the Block$6,894-32%35-16$197$1,003,4628Sony / Screen Gems
8The Future$4,864-29%293$168$501,8588Roadside Attractions
9The Devil's Double$3,277-1%25-8$131$1,341,9998Lionsgate
10Another Earth$2,272-15%17-24$134$1,292,9529Fox Searchlight
11Project Nim$1,796-38%176$106$383,37311Roadside Attractions
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$492-9%5-3$98$1,341,76710Fox Searchlight
13Tanner Hall$8913%1-4$89$5,0052Anchor Bay Films