'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. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$2,208,34731%2,3300$948$68,594,1492Disney
2Moneyball$1,733,96518%2,993--$579$25,968,5381Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$1,662,385100%3,507--$474$23,271,3771Warner Bros.
4Killer Elite$752,2704%2,986--$252$12,584,4471Open Road
5Contagion$723,09615%3,136-86$231$59,662,4653Warner Bros.
7Drive (2011)$588,8549%2,90418$203$23,713,3152FilmDistrict
8The Help$548,81416%1,964-1050$279$156,357,0287Disney / DreamWorks
9I Don't Know How She Does It$230,92210%2,49014$93$8,820,4382Weinstein Company
10Straw Dogs (2011)$201,5707%2,4080$84$9,641,2222Sony / Screen Gems
11The Debt$132,65419%1,067-764$124$29,444,8674Focus
12Warrior (2011)$112,52714%1,411-472$80$12,622,4043Lionsgate
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$96,01120%1,178-1162$82$173,941,5548Fox
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$86,440260%1,207-443$72$37,184,7956Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$92,90514%28757$324$5,515,4883CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$91,71024%847-1086$108$35,438,0675Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$84,28717%675-470$125$82,365,4579Warner Bros.
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$41,58716%320-281$130$378,972,34711Warner Bros.
5The Smurfs$40,18556%669-750$60$138,472,9969Sony / Columbia
6Shark Night 3D$36,01718%637-1445$57$18,350,4174Relativity Media
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$30,1466%251-55$120$352,021,37813Paramount / DreamWorks
8Horrible Bosses$28,6138%313-131$91$117,052,18912Warner Bros. / New Line
9Captain America: The First Avenger$26,802-7%334-206$80$174,894,21110Paramount
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$26,5702%424-910$63$23,579,3685FilmDistrict
11Our Idiot Brother$26,01611%411-1336$63$24,538,9725Weinstein Company
12Cowboys & Aliens$22,4501%345-269$65$99,365,8169Universal
13Sarah's Key$20,04622%151-115$133$6,660,27910Weinstein Company
14Final Destination 5$15,2413%254-48$60$42,445,3447Warner Bros. / New Line
15Apollo 18$12,5575%339-1456$37$17,433,8204Weinstein Company
16The Change-Up$11,8308%169-138$70$37,081,4758Universal
17Super 8$8,60925%117-42$74$127,004,17916Paramount
19Mr. Popper's Penguins$6,51226%153-60$43$68,061,66215Fox
20Kung Fu Panda 2$5,17220%113-29$46$165,249,06318Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$24,92788%490$509$13,069,67325Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$9,0703%4829$189$301,9024Indomina Media
3The Tree of Life$6,31833%39-2$162$13,228,32918Fox Searchlight
4Circumstance$4,89223%29-2$169$325,3365Roadside Attractions
5Thunder Soul$4,13543%35--$118$64,8521Roadside Attractions
6Machine Gun Preacher$3,5814%4--$895$58,1991Relativity Media
7Conan the Barbarian (2011)$2,4266%56-98$43$21,220,3996Lionsgate
8Saving Private Perez$2,001-24%44-72$45$1,400,7264Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Green Lantern (2011)$1,919-3%49-54$39$116,601,17215Warner Bros.
10Monte Carlo$1,839-7%34-12$54$23,186,76913Fox
11Project Nim$1,412-5%181$78$395,93412Roadside Attractions
12The Future$1,305-17%27-2$48$527,3039Roadside Attractions
13The Devil's Double$976-10%4823$20$1,361,5129Lionsgate