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 Tue, Oct. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$1,835,896-46%3,440--$534$32,564,0011Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$1,044,521-21%2,199--$475$12,842,2711Sony / Columbia
3Moneyball$706,807-31%3,01825$234$50,934,1683Sony / Columbia
450/50$636,379-19%2,47921$257$18,907,6202Summit
5Dolphin Tale$555,417-68%3,478-37$160$51,311,6383Warner Bros.
6Courageous$432,227-27%1,1610$372$17,180,5392Sony / TriStar
7What's Your Number?$373,204-11%3,0119$124$11,176,9412Fox
8Dream House$346,320-30%2,6643$130$15,306,6502Universal
9The Lion King 3D$325,265-59%2,267-73$143$87,134,7564Disney
10Killer Elite$275,520-18%2,411-575$114$22,258,6093Open Road
11Contagion$252,324-38%2,250-494$112$69,685,0695Warner Bros.
12The Help$238,588-27%2,064-441$116$163,217,0479Disney / DreamWorks
13Abduction$224,740-40%2,591-527$87$23,962,0723Lionsgate
14Drive (2011)$215,243-24%1,330-644$162$30,606,4134FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$46,550-29%407155$114$379,862,86013Warner Bros.
2Laugh at My Pain$36,638-37%248-26$148$7,024,9975CodeBlack Entertainment
3The Debt$32,375-22%358-245$90$30,638,9106Focus
4Captain America: The First Avenger$31,233-27%303-47$103$175,880,10112Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$29,153-30%382-209$76$175,008,66410Fox
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$21,705-21%222-183$98$83,170,09311Warner Bros.
7Warrior (2011)$16,570-32%319-388$52$13,468,6215Lionsgate
8Cowboys & Aliens$14,420-22%206-35$70$99,801,63111Universal
9I Don't Know How She Does It$12,125-20%240-505$51$9,513,7174Weinstein Company
10Sarah's Key$10,6113%113-26$94$6,903,84712Weinstein Company
11Horrible Bosses$9,865-24%142-80$69$117,410,91314Warner Bros. / New Line
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$9,653-78%365-345$26$37,817,1338Weinstein Company
13Transformers: Dark of the Moon$7,512-27%143-65$53$352,376,57315Paramount / DreamWorks
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$5,619-25%114-102$49$23,833,2197FilmDistrict
15Shark Night 3D$4,101-48%145-147$28$18,608,0276Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Machine Gun Preacher$15,343-18%9360$165$325,1653Relativity Media
2Seven Days in Utopia$4,861-39%77-58$63$4,302,3276Visio Entertainment
3Our Idiot Brother$3,570-29%67-69$53$24,666,3197Weinstein Company
4Dirty Girl$3,45023%9--$383$24,1071Weinstein Company
5Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,318-40%27-7$123$418,0516Indomina Media
6Final Destination 5$3,101-10%61-83$51$42,582,2689Warner Bros. / New Line
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,751-62%68-35$40$68,191,87217Fox
8Munger Road$2,651-54%98$295$107,2932Freestyle Releasing
9Circumstance$2,538-32%18-5$141$378,2527Roadside Attractions
10Margaret$2,312-27%1412$165$30,4412Fox Searchlight
11Thunder Soul$2,263-53%3724$61$127,7353Roadside Attractions
12Apollo 18$1,586-23%46-68$34$17,523,8136Weinstein Company
13The Future$5574%15-1$37$545,88211Roadside Attractions
14Project Nim$200228%6-1$33$399,26214Roadside Attractions
15Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$11217%90$12$13,8422UTV Communications
16Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$76-17%4-2$19$10,6922Freestyle Releasing