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. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$26,305,745--3,321--$7,921$26,305,7451Paramount
2Footloose (2011)$3,509,954207%3,5556$987$23,522,9852Paramount
3Real Steel$3,105,491204%3,412-28$910$59,013,1313Disney / DreamWorks
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$2,969,687--3,017--$984$2,969,6871Summit
5The Ides of March$1,528,814161%2,042-157$749$25,788,1403Sony / Columbia
6Moneyball$1,325,990175%2,353-487$564$60,984,8845Sony / Columbia
7Dolphin Tale$1,246,449155%2,828-458$441$61,437,1245Warner Bros.
8Johnny English Reborn$1,163,845--1,552--$750$1,163,8451Universal
9The Thing (2011)$1,003,32597%2,995-1$335$11,982,6702Universal
1050/50$925,870128%1,932-459$479$26,911,4104Summit
11Courageous$793,717144%1,195-19$664$23,274,8834Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$573,658125%2,1500$267$4,893,0362Fox
13Dream House$379,445132%1,224-948$310$19,427,1254Universal
14The Lion King 3D$307,57846%1,091-879$282$91,661,8786Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mighty Macs$346,840--975--$356$346,8401Quaker Media
2Contagion$271,54677%901-783$301$72,892,8387Warner Bros.
3The Help$217,62842%776-491$280$165,694,46411Disney / DreamWorks
4Drive (2011)$187,14067%367-336$510$32,767,5896FilmDistrict
5Abduction$179,03259%753-954$238$26,390,6315Lionsgate
6Killer Elite$121,00118%751-680$161$24,343,6005Open Road
7The Smurfs$108,766--327-43$333$140,276,67813Sony / Columbia
8What's Your Number?$98,755-1%343-939$288$13,495,9834Fox
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$79,287415%308146$257$83,484,60813Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$70,521226%249-24$283$175,464,72012Fox
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$55,20462%240-90$230$380,405,84115Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$51,01396%184-62$277$176,313,66514Paramount
13Laugh at My Pain$34,84884%103-85$338$7,480,7247CodeBlack Entertainment
14Colombiana$32,261--17644$183$36,457,4799Sony / TriStar
15Cowboys & Aliens$29,485103%131-77$225$100,052,42613Universal
16The Debt$28,23957%119-81$237$30,980,3138Focus
17Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$25,74550%178-133$145$38,116,18210Weinstein Company
18Shark Night 3D$16,220647%102-13$159$18,681,9078Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$169,290--56--$3,023$169,2901Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$40,165--4--$10,041$40,1651Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$31,80467%490$649$13,609,70729Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Zookeeper$11,483--94-61$122$80,328,69616Sony / Columbia
5Munger Road$11,137190%16-16$696$200,4124Freestyle Releasing
6Our Idiot Brother$10,638294%7938$135$24,709,9329Weinstein Company
7Warrior (2011)$9,87524%65-70$152$13,613,8177Lionsgate
8Machine Gun Preacher$9,22217%25-18$369$453,5215Relativity Media
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$8,972277%53-27$169$23,906,6189FilmDistrict
10Horrible Bosses$7,46431%50-35$149$117,513,72316Warner Bros. / New Line
11Sarah's Key$6,915-21%48-38$144$7,010,36314Weinstein Company
12Labios Rojos$6,50830%43-24$151$104,3212Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Seven Days in Utopia$4,23734%20-21$212$4,348,0758Visio Entertainment
14Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,211--21-1$153$465,9488Indomina Media
15Texas Killing Fields$3,002157%41$751$16,3762Anchor Bay Films
16I Don't Know How She Does It$2,815-33%29-78$97$9,589,5466Weinstein Company
17Circumstance$2,3493%10-9$235$412,1689Roadside Attractions
18Apollo 18$2,32193%13-5$179$17,548,2878Weinstein Company
19The Future$1,72386%14-2$123$556,92113Roadside Attractions
20Dirty Girl$1,1472%5-5$229$44,9463Weinstein Company
21Project Nim$472183%129$39$400,42216Roadside Attractions
22Thunder Soul$235-61%4-8$59$142,2245Roadside Attractions