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 Mon, Dec. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$988,277-64%3,505--$282$14,007,4571Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$908,668-61%2,750--$330$10,760,1031Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$649,222-67%3,604-442$180$260,051,8914Lionsgate / Summit
4Hugo$464,034-73%2,608768$178$33,878,7533Paramount
5The Muppets$408,232-80%3,328-112$123$66,150,3603Disney
6Arthur Christmas$302,821-85%3,272-104$93$33,703,4193Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$282,041-58%2,299-328$123$80,150,7735Relativity Media
8Happy Feet Two$218,178-80%2,840-696$77$57,008,5834Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$175,865-65%2,069-335$85$74,298,0506Universal
10Jack and Jill$165,614-78%2,787-262$59$68,692,9995Sony / Columbia
11J. Edgar$138,153-52%1,555-430$89$34,899,2645Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$100,715-80%1,843-907$55$141,974,1897Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$420,304-60%876302$480$24,050,8654Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$89,927-59%2440$369$5,208,5883Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$57,895-52%470-240$123$34,044,1036Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$40,088-55%354-67$113$36,445,9807Fox
5Like Crazy$20,029-54%16210$124$3,167,1217Paramount Vantage
6Courageous$16,389-78%191-74$86$33,350,02811Sony / TriStar
7Dolphin Tale$16,013-78%342-68$47$71,084,66512Warner Bros.
8Moneyball$15,881-51%208-796$76$74,192,79312Sony / Columbia
9Margin Call$15,569-65%148-3$105$4,962,6498Roadside Attractions
10Paranormal Activity 3$15,235-59%30247$50$103,644,2398Paramount
11The Way$13,898--120-40$116$3,850,86610Producers Distribution Agency
12The Ides of March$12,391-55%187-829$66$40,480,27210Sony / Columbia
13The Three Musketeers (2011)$8,629-60%168-40$51$20,236,1468Summit
1450/50$8,521-51%146-50$58$34,896,49911Summit
15Abduction$5,551-69%131-20$42$28,069,77712Lionsgate
16Footloose (2011)$5,376-63%201-108$27$51,147,8309Paramount
17Contagion$4,644-57%111-44$42$75,643,38714Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$36,112-58%2111$1,720$817,6132Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$35,299-63%8--$4,412$345,5621Paramount
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$34,415-66%4--$8,604$344,9771Focus
4The Artist$34,226-63%1610$2,139$922,9673Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,157-52%490$187$14,684,99236Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$7,148-79%251$286$304,3053Warner Bros.
7Drive (2011)$6,582-51%70-16$94$34,684,07913FilmDistrict
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$6,135-55%72-12$85$2,827,2198Fox Searchlight
9The Rum Diary$3,658-60%630$58$13,074,1207FilmDistrict
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,233-68%61-23$53$176,701,31919Fox
11Pastorela$2,695-73%44-11$61$139,2652Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$335-83%23-8$15$38,536,71117Weinstein Company
13Circumstance$334-71%1-2$334$452,93616Roadside Attractions
14Project Nim$253-64%2--$127$410,33023Roadside Attractions
15Answers to Nothing$146-28%7-14$21$21,4502Roadside Attractions
16The Future$46-50%1--$46$568,55520Roadside Attractions
17Inni$19-94%1-2$19$113,9917Cinema Purgatorio