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, Nov. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$1,967,7435%3,952--$498$42,473,0381Paramount / DreamWorks
2Paranormal Activity 3$1,015,5143%3,3298$305$86,783,0542Paramount
3In Time$1,014,7600%3,122--$325$16,508,6451Fox
4The Rum Diary$533,624-2%2,272--$235$7,435,7341FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$447,74213%3,224-331$139$40,249,6203Paramount
6The Three Musketeers (2011)$345,1311%3,0170$114$16,348,9962Summit
7Real Steel$326,5595%2,914-498$112$75,343,2424Disney / DreamWorks
8The Ides of March$280,7536%1,572-470$179$34,800,2854Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$243,3069%1,631-722$149$68,427,3906Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$197,85524%1,134-61$174$28,411,7335Sony / TriStar
1150/50$183,6769%1,194-738$154$32,021,2415Summit
12Dolphin Tale$126,0358%1,838-990$69$67,595,1176Warner Bros.
13Johnny English Reborn$124,3206%1,5542$80$7,048,9102Universal
14The Thing (2011)$90,6108%1,394-1601$65$16,479,6803Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$102,3544%265--$386$1,450,3261Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$76,2324%14084$545$1,798,5102Roadside Attractions
3The Help$52,44910%450-326$117$167,094,66112Disney / DreamWorks
4The Way$47,11510%258-25$183$1,788,9604Producers Distribution Agency
5Drive (2011)$41,72819%194-173$215$33,867,1087FilmDistrict
6Contagion$35,8215%411-490$87$74,251,1158Warner Bros.
7The Mighty Macs$23,712-28%389-586$61$1,642,9582Quaker Media
8Dream House$23,3850%585-639$40$20,945,5305Universal
9The Big Year$22,88917%423-1727$54$6,913,0963Fox
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$21,71917%250-58$87$83,979,35614Warner Bros.
11The Lion King 3D$20,9859%378-713$56$93,223,6067Disney
12Abduction$19,70423%351-402$56$27,235,7216Lionsgate
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$19,65910%231-18$85$175,962,57613Fox
14Killer Elite$13,6255%257-494$53$24,964,0376Open Road
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$13,59523%163-77$83$380,753,26516Warner Bros.
16Captain America: The First Avenger$6,94814%139-45$50$176,580,00515Paramount
17Apollo 18$5,9829%120107$50$17,627,8999Weinstein Company
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,05220%151-27$27$38,297,45211Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$29,282-1%3228$915$565,2522Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$16,50916%4--$4,127$177,9961Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$12,733-19%490$260$13,868,16230Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Debt$7,1725%87-32$82$31,177,5489Focus
5Cowboys & Aliens$6,32516%91-40$70$100,240,55114Universal
6What's Your Number?$5,909-12%62-281$95$13,881,1375Fox
7Sarah's Key$4,2649%29-19$147$7,069,17515Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$3,64211%90-12$40$18,811,3539Relativity Media
9Laugh at My Pain$3,173-13%51-52$62$7,651,0878CodeBlack Entertainment
10The Double (2011)$3,0044%11--$273$38,3681Image Entertainment
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,9493%7522$39$23,988,17110FilmDistrict
12Machine Gun Preacher$2,60468%13-12$200$513,0786Relativity Media
13Our Idiot Brother$2,22410%51-28$44$24,771,86710Weinstein Company
14Munger Road$1,88866%10-6$189$248,9155Freestyle Releasing
15Warrior (2011)$1,5502%31-34$50$13,657,1158Lionsgate
16Inni$1,307114%2--$654$35,7501Cinema Purgatorio
17Circumstance$1,13716%7-3$162$433,28410Roadside Attractions
18Texas Killing Fields$1,03029%73$147$37,7113Anchor Bay Films
19I Don't Know How She Does It$85128%14-15$61$9,605,9347Weinstein Company
20Labios Rojos$36517%11-32$33$136,1633Lionsgate / Pantelion
21The Future$323-13%5-9$65$566,50214Roadside Attractions
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$25627%6-15$43$484,1969Indomina Media
23Dirty Girl$145169%1-4$145$51,7024Weinstein Company
24Thunder Soul$52767%40$13$143,7076Roadside Attractions
25Project Nim$32-63%3-9$11$406,09817Roadside Attractions