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 Sun, Oct. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$4,432,777-40%3,4400$1,289$51,731,4562Disney / DreamWorks
2Footloose (2011)$3,742,561-41%3,549--$1,055$15,556,1131Paramount
3The Thing (2011)$1,902,460-43%2,996--$635$8,493,6651Universal
4Dolphin Tale$1,722,381-39%3,286-192$524$58,560,1664Warner Bros.
5The Ides of March$1,612,999-50%2,1990$734$21,763,2352Sony / Columbia
6Moneyball$1,202,264-53%2,840-178$423$57,668,9884Sony / Columbia
750/50$1,046,947-43%2,391-88$438$24,279,1523Summit
8Courageous$956,986-28%1,21453$788$21,282,8283Sony / TriStar
9The Lion King 3D$822,510-34%1,970-297$418$90,536,3185Disney
10The Big Year$736,443-46%2,150--$343$3,251,8841Fox
11Dream House$553,860-52%2,172-492$255$18,384,5903Universal
12Contagion$415,833-50%1,684-566$247$71,999,5036Warner Bros.
13Abduction$351,922-46%1,707-884$206$25,778,6854Lionsgate
14The Help$312,363-40%1,267-797$247$164,905,97210Disney / DreamWorks
15What's Your Number?$289,378-40%1,282-1729$226$12,950,9263Fox
16Killer Elite$276,068-39%1,431-980$193$23,763,7244Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$306,433-35%703-627$436$32,113,4555FilmDistrict
2The Smurfs$127,849-34%370-145$346$140,037,80712Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$79,990-35%330-77$242$380,235,40014Warner Bros.
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$63,957-30%311-54$206$38,036,3739Weinstein Company
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$61,111-43%273-109$224$175,306,81211Fox
6Captain America: The First Avenger$59,040-43%246-57$240$176,173,78713Paramount
7Laugh at My Pain$57,139-58%188-60$304$7,362,8456CodeBlack Entertainment
8The Debt$41,978-51%200-158$210$30,875,2627Focus
9Cowboys & Aliens$35,360-43%2082$170$99,968,83112Universal
10Zookeeper$30,599-38%155-43$197$80,282,85715Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$30,354-47%162-60$187$83,344,81412Warner Bros.
12Colombiana$24,155-50%132-113$183$36,390,4938Sony / TriStar
13Warrior (2011)$18,562-39%135-184$137$13,572,5436Lionsgate
14Shark Night 3D$9,576-53%115-30$83$18,656,1457Relativity Media
15I Don't Know How She Does It$9,295-34%107-133$87$9,570,4805Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$30,587-16%490$624$13,506,24428Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Labios Rojos$26,019-2%67--$388$73,4761Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Machine Gun Preacher$17,284-23%43-50$402$412,9944Relativity Media
4Munger Road$14,044-50%3223$439$175,1053Freestyle Releasing
5Sarah's Key$12,876-35%86-27$150$6,974,40913Weinstein Company
6Horrible Bosses$11,401-53%85-57$134$117,485,39215Warner Bros. / New Line
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$8,314-64%80-34$104$23,886,4498FilmDistrict
8Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$7,673-32%22-5$349$450,3327Indomina Media
9Seven Days in Utopia$5,044-35%41-36$123$4,332,7147Visio Entertainment
10Circumstance$4,844-20%191$255$400,1608Roadside Attractions
11Our Idiot Brother$4,712-32%41-26$115$24,690,3608Weinstein Company
12Dirty Girl$2,992-31%101$299$38,8802Weinstein Company
13Texas Killing Fields$2,390-29%3--$797$8,7721Anchor Bay Films
14Apollo 18$2,030-63%18-28$113$17,540,1327Weinstein Company
15Thunder Soul$1,804-43%12-25$150$139,6024Roadside Attractions
16Margaret$1,181-40%6-8$197$40,3343Fox Searchlight
17The Future$1,074-42%161$67$551,81312Roadside Attractions
18Project Nim$34-61%3-3$11$399,79215Roadside Attractions