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, Nov. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$71,642,526--4,061--$17,642$71,642,5261Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$5,850,626--3,606--$1,622$5,850,6261Warner Bros.
3Immortals$3,814,582141%3,1208$1,223$44,542,5122Relativity Media
4Jack and Jill$3,470,157314%3,4380$1,009$32,498,0632Sony / Columbia
5Puss in Boots (2011)$2,550,665218%3,415-488$747$114,138,2274Paramount / DreamWorks
6Tower Heist$2,147,775228%2,942-428$730$48,581,5503Universal
7J. Edgar$1,795,284143%1,94737$922$16,589,9782Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$912,742101%1,808-1067$505$26,345,5883Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$516,803109%1,367-1224$378$32,260,6444Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$333,28591%1,402-1374$238$101,951,9625Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$269,529113%1,218-997$221$49,575,2096Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy$153,249225%10939$1,406$1,398,2554Paramount Vantage
2Moneyball$145,690120%409-404$356$72,274,5949Sony / Columbia
3Real Steel$133,91344%702-1056$191$82,137,9597Disney / DreamWorks
4The Ides of March$125,34685%298-398$421$38,765,2177Sony / Columbia
5Courageous$117,83823%517-388$228$32,025,8168Sony / TriStar
6Margin Call$108,094147%173-26$625$3,600,3315Roadside Attractions
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$105,535127%180-3$586$1,979,3225Fox Searchlight
8The Three Musketeers (2011)$89,958116%170-499$529$19,422,6895Summit
950/50$74,84674%185-239$405$34,087,2188Summit
10Contagion$61,139127%301-54$203$75,040,01011Warner Bros.
11Dolphin Tale$59,54079%388-317$153$69,815,6779Warner Bros.
12Anonymous$49,354-12%179-303$276$4,025,6964Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$46,236--252-17$183$141,774,89017Sony / Columbia
14The Rum Diary$42,307-34%152-795$278$12,733,5044FilmDistrict
15Abduction$35,305716%18154$195$27,537,8399Lionsgate
16Johnny English Reborn$23,760127%108-102$220$8,205,9205Universal
17Rise of the Planet of the Apes$22,283156%131-33$170$176,390,87716Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$318,639708%29--$10,988$397,8391Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$24,05022%490$491$14,223,93833Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$17,755123%46-29$386$34,319,10210FilmDistrict
4Crazy, Stupid, Love$15,58686%91-39$171$84,292,06217Warner Bros.
5Sarah's Key$9,234-31%52-110$178$7,639,15018Weinstein Company
6The Big Year$7,953168%59-24$135$7,101,2366Fox
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$7,653163%78-7$98$380,982,41519Warner Bros.
8Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$6,020232%70-2$86$38,434,89614Weinstein Company
9The Mighty Macs$5,352-10%28-33$191$1,850,7405Quaker Media
10Inni$3,808211%6--$635$86,1514Cinema Purgatorio
11What's Your Number?$3,42147%25-38$137$14,000,4068Fox
12I Don't Know How She Does It$2,211-23%38-45$58$9,653,25710Weinstein Company
13Shark Night 3D$2,141179%27-2$79$18,866,10512Relativity Media
14Laugh at My Pain$1,705626%11-2$155$7,691,90211CodeBlack Entertainment
15Machine Gun Preacher$855144%197$45$528,9369Relativity Media
16Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$558598%87$70$488,25812Indomina Media
17Our Idiot Brother$518-35%6-6$86$24,813,13713Weinstein Company
18Apollo 18$356-30%5-13$71$17,686,26912Weinstein Company
19Circumstance$55-84%2-3$28$441,02713Roadside Attractions
20The Future$25-4%1-2$25$568,21117Roadside Attractions