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, Nov. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$11,002,42012%4,061--$2,709$158,978,1621Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$2,408,07237%3,606--$668$25,403,3871Warner Bros.
3Immortals$1,697,01628%3,1208$544$56,102,1002Relativity Media
4Jack and Jill$1,513,46247%3,4380$440$43,307,1682Sony / Columbia
5Puss in Boots (2011)$1,491,20436%3,415-488$437$124,983,3534Paramount / DreamWorks
6Tower Heist$971,00543%2,942-428$330$55,186,7053Universal
7J. Edgar$757,13131%1,94737$389$22,057,2272Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$523,29645%1,808-1067$289$29,219,8323Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$292,39645%1,367-1224$214$33,947,9004Fox
10Footloose (2011)$148,63044%1,218-997$122$50,418,9916Paramount
11Paranormal Activity 3$139,35331%1,402-1374$99$102,864,6035Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$92,41137%702-1056$132$82,717,8547Disney / DreamWorks
2Moneyball$72,83242%409-404$178$72,765,5939Sony / Columbia
3Courageous$71,99433%517-388$139$32,464,5428Sony / TriStar
4Like Crazy$67,95519%10939$623$1,892,2394Paramount Vantage
5The Ides of March$59,85341%298-398$201$39,202,4807Sony / Columbia
6Dolphin Tale$52,30726%388-317$135$70,111,0819Warner Bros.
7Margin Call$49,16847%170--$289$3,998,4925Roadside Attractions
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$46,49026%180-3$258$2,341,9235Fox Searchlight
9The Three Musketeers (2011)$34,557121%170-499$203$19,598,7575Summit
10The Way$33,4399%137-34$244$3,102,8757Producers Distribution Agency
11Anonymous$31,07529%179-303$174$4,208,1214Sony / Columbia
12Contagion$29,96523%301-54$100$75,233,24311Warner Bros.
13The Rum Diary$23,27116%152-795$153$12,882,5394FilmDistrict
1450/50$21,621-17%185-239$117$34,292,0758Summit
15Abduction$20,04724%18154$111$27,662,8929Lionsgate
16Rise of the Planet of the Apes$13,92927%131-33$106$176,479,82016Fox
17Johnny English Reborn$10,79525%108-102$100$8,288,5455Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$123,0738%29--$4,244$1,505,8941Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$27,5606%490$562$14,333,21633Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$8,66726%46-29$188$34,378,64710FilmDistrict
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$8,62341%70-2$123$38,480,99614Weinstein Company
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$7,36032%91-39$81$84,336,90617Warner Bros.
6Sarah's Key$4,133-10%52-110$79$7,670,55118Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,04423%78-7$52$381,007,52219Warner Bros.
8The Big Year$3,95338%59-24$67$7,128,0576Fox
9The Mighty Macs$3,71776%28-33$133$1,870,7855Quaker Media
10Shark Night 3D$2,10562%27-2$78$18,875,92412Relativity Media
11What's Your Number?$1,67337%25-38$67$14,011,0848Fox
12I Don't Know How She Does It$1,56129%38-45$41$9,661,84810Weinstein Company
13Laugh at My Pain$1,07090%11-2$97$7,698,26411CodeBlack Entertainment
14Inni$756353%3-5$252$89,4484Cinema Purgatorio
15Our Idiot Brother$48756%6-6$81$24,815,62913Weinstein Company
16Machine Gun Preacher$39944%197$21$532,2729Relativity Media
17Apollo 18$282-14%5-13$56$17,687,53812Weinstein Company
18Circumstance$11932%2-3$60$441,61313Roadside Attractions
19The Future$53382%1-2$53$568,27517Roadside Attractions