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. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Footloose (2011)$1,268,06025%3,549--$357$17,836,2191Paramount
2Real Steel$1,160,79810%3,4400$337$53,945,2382Disney / DreamWorks
3The Thing (2011)$748,33514%2,996--$250$9,901,0351Universal
4The Ides of March$729,44834%2,1990$332$23,038,3702Sony / Columbia
5Moneyball$563,28026%2,840-178$198$58,679,6764Sony / Columbia
650/50$497,09327%2,391-88$208$25,167,3713Summit
7Dolphin Tale$391,4908%3,286-192$119$59,314,1514Warner Bros.
8Courageous$319,30315%1,21453$263$21,880,5053Sony / TriStar
9The Big Year$314,86730%2,150--$146$3,808,5651Fox
10The Lion King 3D$211,6209%1,970-297$107$90,941,5035Disney
11Dream House$173,7607%2,172-492$80$18,721,4753Universal
12Contagion$162,68210%1,684-566$97$72,310,3716Warner Bros.
13The Help$144,83115%1,267-797$114$165,176,20610Disney / DreamWorks
14What's Your Number?$135,35530%1,282-1729$106$13,190,3133Fox
15Killer Elite$133,10926%1,431-980$93$24,002,2584Open Road
16Abduction$117,60921%1,707-884$69$25,993,5794Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$128,30214%703-627$183$32,354,3735FilmDistrict
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$28,66116%330-77$87$380,288,85814Warner Bros.
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$25,23425%273-109$92$175,352,25311Fox
4Captain America: The First Avenger$22,56814%246-57$92$176,216,10213Paramount
5Laugh at My Pain$21,514-8%188-60$114$7,407,6836CodeBlack Entertainment
6The Debt$20,42810%200-158$102$30,914,1797Focus
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$17,22932%162-60$106$83,375,09512Warner Bros.
8Cowboys & Aliens$14,56027%2082$70$99,994,83112Universal
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$11,469-14%311-54$37$38,061,2119Weinstein Company
10Warrior (2011)$7,8101%135-184$58$13,588,0936Lionsgate
11I Don't Know How She Does It$4,58220%107-133$43$9,578,8945Weinstein Company
12Shark Night 3D$2,86822%115-30$25$18,661,3707Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,34430%49--$395$13,540,48728Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$8,88224%43-50$207$428,9804Relativity Media
3Labios Rojos$7,35918%67--$110$87,0731Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Sarah's Key$7,25130%86-27$84$6,987,22713Weinstein Company
5Horrible Bosses$5,84835%85-57$69$117,495,57215Warner Bros. / New Line
6Munger Road$3,729-13%3223$117$183,1143Freestyle Releasing
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,868-6%80-34$36$23,892,3558FilmDistrict
8Seven Days in Utopia$2,7137%41-36$66$4,337,9667Visio Entertainment
9Circumstance$2,70449%191$142$404,6768Roadside Attractions
10Apollo 18$2,492157%18-28$138$17,543,5937Weinstein Company
11Our Idiot Brother$2,46130%41-26$60$24,694,7128Weinstein Company
12Dirty Girl$1,42728%101$143$41,4212Weinstein Company
13Texas Killing Fields$1,212-1%3--$404$11,2121Anchor Bay Films
14The Future$896-7%0-15--$553,66812Roadside Attractions
15Thunder Soul$64235%12-25$54$140,7214Roadside Attractions
16Margaret$55743%6-8$93$41,2803Fox Searchlight
17Project Nim$53563%3-3$18$399,95315Roadside Attractions