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 Thu, Oct. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$1,469,8865%3,440--$427$35,439,8011Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$910,1761%2,199--$414$14,654,3891Sony / Columbia
3Moneyball$654,1175%3,01825$217$52,212,2583Sony / Columbia
450/50$573,9137%2,47921$232$20,019,0652Summit
5Dolphin Tale$548,08417%3,478-37$158$52,326,9813Warner Bros.
6Courageous$445,93327%1,1610$384$17,977,5902Sony / TriStar
7The Lion King 3D$327,15916%2,267-73$144$87,743,9154Disney
8What's Your Number?$320,6514%3,0119$106$11,805,7672Fox
9Dream House$319,6809%2,6643$120$15,919,3702Universal
10The Help$268,50415%2,064-441$130$163,718,2889Disney / DreamWorks
11Contagion$266,14712%2,250-494$118$70,188,3135Warner Bros.
12Killer Elite$238,1601%2,411-575$99$22,732,5243Open Road
13Abduction$198,8604%2,591-527$77$24,351,4913Lionsgate
14Drive (2011)$193,753-2%1,330-644$146$30,997,3064FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$47,49317%407155$117$379,950,85213Warner Bros.
2The Debt$33,5158%358-245$94$30,703,4056Focus
3Laugh at My Pain$33,2095%248-26$134$7,089,9045CodeBlack Entertainment
4Captain America: The First Avenger$31,83011%303-47$105$175,940,53312Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$31,64412%382-209$83$175,068,45110Fox
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$21,078-4%222-183$95$83,213,20811Warner Bros.
7Warrior (2011)$18,74412%319-388$59$13,504,1075Lionsgate
8Cowboys & Aliens$13,4250%206-35$65$99,828,44611Universal
9Sarah's Key$12,9119%113-26$114$6,928,56512Weinstein Company
10I Don't Know How She Does It$11,83910%240-505$49$9,536,3274Weinstein Company
11Horrible Bosses$10,0931%142-80$71$117,430,98714Warner Bros. / New Line
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$9,46113%365-345$26$37,834,9628Weinstein Company
13Transformers: Dark of the Moon$7,61020%143-65$53$352,390,54315Paramount / DreamWorks
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$5,0951%114-102$45$23,843,3687FilmDistrict
15Shark Night 3D$3,601-16%145-147$25$18,615,9046Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Machine Gun Preacher$15,226-3%9360$164$356,1463Relativity Media
2Seven Days in Utopia$5,5861%77-58$73$4,313,4546Visio Entertainment
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,95727%27-7$147$425,1366Indomina Media
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$3,36922%68-35$50$68,198,00317Fox
5Margaret$3,34640%1412$239$36,1812Fox Searchlight
6Circumstance$2,97123%18-5$165$383,6457Roadside Attractions
7Final Destination 5$2,86314%61-83$47$42,587,6439Warner Bros. / New Line
8Thunder Soul$2,81437%3724$76$132,6053Roadside Attractions
9Munger Road$2,80045%9--$311$112,0212Freestyle Releasing
10Our Idiot Brother$2,733-25%67-69$41$24,672,7127Weinstein Company
11Dirty Girl$2,5125%9--$279$29,0071Weinstein Company
12Apollo 18$1,84634%46-68$40$17,527,0416Weinstein Company
13The Future$61111%15-1$41$547,04211Roadside Attractions
14Project Nim$23664%6-1$39$399,64214Roadside Attractions
15Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$191267%4--$48$10,9352Freestyle Releasing
16Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$151-37%90$17$14,2312UTV Communications