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 Mon, Oct. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$852,592-68%2,9930$285$38,852,7222Sony / Columbia
250/50$748,115-65%2,458--$304$9,392,2101Summit
3Dolphin Tale$611,019-84%3,5158$174$37,794,8152Warner Bros.
4The Lion King 3D$573,939-80%2,34010$245$79,783,7333Disney
5Courageous$553,502-80%1,161--$477$9,666,3411Sony / TriStar
6Dream House$478,980-72%2,661--$180$8,608,3351Universal
7Killer Elite$453,858-65%2,9860$152$17,955,1442Open Road
8What's Your Number?$423,333-66%3,002--$141$5,845,0021Fox
9Contagion$352,160-69%2,744-392$128$64,921,7794Warner Bros.
10Abduction$320,629-76%3,1180$103$19,417,8702Lionsgate
11Drive (2011)$290,768-65%1,974-930$147$27,293,7973FilmDistrict
12The Help$287,433-64%2,505-190$115$159,660,4568Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$57,220-63%274-13$209$6,307,9394CodeBlack Entertainment
2The Debt$53,895-63%603-464$89$30,127,6465Focus
3Straw Dogs (2011)$42,054-58%874-1534$48$10,109,9573Sony / Screen Gems
4Warrior (2011)$41,333-65%707-704$58$13,124,0004Lionsgate
5Captain America: The First Avenger$39,115-68%35016$112$175,369,53311Paramount
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$37,102-73%591-587$63$174,519,7319Fox
7I Don't Know How She Does It$32,843-66%745-1745$44$9,254,9563Weinstein Company
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$31,823-65%405-270$79$82,795,36310Warner Bros.
9Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$23,144-70%252-68$92$379,268,75412Warner Bros.
10Cowboys & Aliens$15,665-68%241-104$65$99,568,27610Universal
11Horrible Bosses$14,721-64%222-91$66$117,238,64713Warner Bros. / New Line
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$14,495-88%710-497$20$37,558,8827Weinstein Company
13Transformers: Dark of the Moon$13,249-76%208-43$64$352,235,34714Paramount / DreamWorks
14Sarah's Key$11,496-66%139-12$83$6,781,58711Weinstein Company
15Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$9,410-69%216-208$44$23,717,9206FilmDistrict
16Seven Days in Utopia$8,937-60%135--$66$4,207,8915Visio Entertainment
17Shark Night 3D$8,660-74%292-345$30$18,500,7655Relativity Media
18Final Destination 5$5,910-70%144-110$41$42,526,8288Warner Bros. / New Line
19Conan the Barbarian (2011)$5,894-63%11559$51$21,276,7987Lionsgate
20Our Idiot Brother$5,786-64%136-275$43$24,609,0106Weinstein Company
21Apollo 18$4,108-72%114-225$36$17,490,1675Weinstein Company
22Mr. Popper's Penguins$3,566-82%103-50$35$68,134,72616Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$12,136-67%490$248$13,193,75526Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$8,852-65%3329$268$151,7832Relativity Media
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$4,996-69%34-14$147$360,2745Indomina Media
4Circumstance$2,518-60%23-6$109$348,2416Roadside Attractions
5Munger Road$2,263-71%1--$2,263$38,8681Freestyle Releasing
6The Future$1,182-54%16-11$74$537,13910Roadside Attractions
7Thunder Soul$1,039-77%13-22$80$82,4292Roadside Attractions
8Muran$983-76%10--$98$17,4731UTV Communications
9Margaret$970-60%2--$485$8,4951Fox Searchlight
10Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$524-73%6--$87$7,4351Freestyle Releasing
11Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$428-81%9--$48$9,9761UTV Communications
12Project Nim$203-73%7-11$29$397,98813Roadside Attractions