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 Fri, Oct. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Footloose (2011)$5,432,058--3,549--$1,531$5,432,0581Paramount
2Real Steel$4,518,633207%3,4400$1,314$39,958,4342Disney / DreamWorks
3The Thing (2011)$3,250,660--2,996--$1,085$3,250,6601Universal
4The Ides of March$2,267,461149%2,1990$1,031$16,921,8502Sony / Columbia
5Moneyball$1,718,563163%2,840-178$605$53,930,8214Sony / Columbia
6Dolphin Tale$1,683,409207%3,286-192$512$54,010,3904Warner Bros.
750/50$1,371,001139%2,391-88$573$21,390,0663Summit
8The Big Year$1,151,215--2,150--$535$1,151,2151Fox
9Courageous$1,021,721129%1,21453$842$18,999,3113Sony / TriStar
10Dream House$749,340134%2,172-492$345$16,668,7103Universal
11The Lion King 3D$720,669120%1,970-297$366$88,464,5845Disney
12Contagion$556,571109%1,684-566$331$70,744,8846Warner Bros.
13Abduction$420,253111%1,707-884$246$24,771,7444Lionsgate
14What's Your Number?$374,45017%1,282-1729$292$12,180,2173Fox
15The Help$356,86233%1,267-797$282$164,075,15010Disney / DreamWorks
16Killer Elite$303,61327%1,431-980$212$23,036,1174Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$338,64175%703-627$482$31,335,9475FilmDistrict
2The Smurfs$117,729--370-145$318$139,715,01012Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$81,76172%330-77$248$380,032,61314Warner Bros.
4Laugh at My Pain$81,324145%188-60$433$7,171,2286CodeBlack Entertainment
5Captain America: The First Avenger$70,372121%246-57$286$176,010,90513Paramount
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$70,021121%273-109$256$175,138,47211Fox
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$45,654383%311-54$147$37,880,6169Weinstein Company
8The Debt$45,06534%200-158$225$30,748,4707Focus
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$44,102109%162-60$272$83,257,31012Warner Bros.
10Cowboys & Aliens$42,640218%2082$205$99,871,08612Universal
11Zookeeper$31,385--155-43$202$80,203,24715Sony / Columbia
12Colombiana$28,124--132-113$213$36,317,9268Sony / TriStar
13Warrior (2011)$19,4524%135-184$144$13,523,5596Lionsgate
14I Don't Know How She Does It$10,709-10%107-133$100$9,547,0365Weinstein Company
15Shark Night 3D$10,139182%115-30$88$18,626,0437Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$30,301--490$618$13,439,08128Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Munger Road$21,049652%3223$658$133,0703Freestyle Releasing
3Labios Rojos$20,952--67--$313$20,9521Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Horrible Bosses$18,90787%85-57$222$117,449,89415Warner Bros. / New Line
5Machine Gun Preacher$17,21413%43-50$400$373,3604Relativity Media
6Sarah's Key$13,1532%86-27$153$6,941,71813Weinstein Company
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$11,446125%80-34$143$23,854,8148FilmDistrict
8Seven Days in Utopia$6,51217%41-36$159$4,319,9667Visio Entertainment
9Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$6,23358%22-5$283$431,3697Indomina Media
10Our Idiot Brother$6,007120%41-26$147$24,678,7198Weinstein Company
11Apollo 18$5,588203%18-28$310$17,532,6297Weinstein Company
12Circumstance$5,58788%191$294$389,2328Roadside Attractions
13Texas Killing Fields$2,999--3--$1,000$2,9991Anchor Bay Films
14Dirty Girl$2,5512%101$255$31,5582Weinstein Company
15Thunder Soul$2,011-29%12-25$168$134,6164Roadside Attractions
16The Future$1,859204%161$116$548,90112Roadside Attractions
17Margaret$1,018-70%6-8$170$37,1993Fox Searchlight
18Project Nim$28-88%3-3$9$399,67015Roadside Attractions