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. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$16,689,211116%4,0665$4,105$195,837,6462Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$12,123,246110%3,440--$3,524$24,400,9111Disney
3Happy Feet Two$5,106,761149%3,6115$1,414$35,464,7722Warner Bros.
4Hugo$4,511,79891%1,277--$3,533$8,549,3351Paramount
5Arthur Christmas$4,504,946144%3,376--$1,334$8,737,1461Sony / Columbia
6Jack and Jill$3,808,770102%3,029-409$1,257$50,928,7403Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$3,520,39584%2,677-443$1,315$63,351,4713Relativity Media
8Puss in Boots (2011)$2,966,161130%3,005-410$987$130,885,2175Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$2,869,84084%2,474-468$1,160$60,894,0054Universal
10J. Edgar$1,990,212104%1,910-37$1,042$25,852,8833Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$2,703,756156%433404$6,244$6,244,9882Fox Searchlight
2A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$628,95971%875-933$719$30,594,2944Warner Bros. / New Line
3My Week with Marilyn$610,143292%244--$2,501$922,2621Weinstein Company
4In Time$337,12388%457-910$738$34,612,9505Fox
5Like Crazy$164,351153%15041$1,096$2,217,6695Paramount Vantage
6Moneyball$121,255130%187-222$648$72,990,81610Sony / Columbia
7Footloose (2011)$115,15279%384-834$300$50,660,2327Paramount
8Paranormal Activity 3$112,722122%355-1047$318$103,083,1196Paramount
9Margin Call$105,179223%139-34$757$4,179,1866Roadside Attractions
10The Ides of March$100,558122%159-139$632$39,389,1568Sony / Columbia
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$89,402151%22454$399$19,768,5006Summit
12The Smurfs$86,491--248-4$349$142,171,10018Sony / Columbia
13Courageous$81,61883%211-306$387$32,632,2539Sony / TriStar
1450/50$74,610146%21025$355$34,431,7409Summit
15Dolphin Tale$71,438228%216-172$331$70,248,83910Warner Bros.
16Martha Marcy May Marlene$63,885127%113-67$565$2,463,4986Fox Searchlight
17Contagion$60,310109%218-83$277$75,355,56112Warner Bros.
18Abduction$48,178138%163-18$296$27,756,79110Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$29,709149%103-28$288$176,537,94117Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$75,456--4--$18,864$75,4561Weinstein Company
2Drive (2011)$33,698140%9347$362$34,440,60811FilmDistrict
3Born to Be Wild 3D$31,857263%490$650$14,394,48834Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Anonymous$25,581101%72-107$355$4,257,3885Sony / Columbia
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$21,614--19--$1,138$40,7851Warner Bros.
6The Rum Diary$20,30192%54-98$376$12,923,0735FilmDistrict
7The Big Year$9,892178%53-6$187$7,145,5277Fox
8Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$9,653335%48-22$201$38,499,72115Weinstein Company
9The Mighty Macs$5,371155%11-17$488$1,882,9966Quaker Media
10Sarah's Key$3,74878%27-25$139$7,679,06119Weinstein Company
11Inni$2,2283552%4-2$557$94,6495Cinema Purgatorio
12Machine Gun Preacher$1,307151%9-10$145$534,64010Relativity Media
13Laugh at My Pain$702-26%4-7$176$7,700,50912CodeBlack Entertainment
14Project Nim$170--1--$170$407,15021Roadside Attractions
15Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$73--2-6$37$489,88513Indomina Media