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 Wed, Dec. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$1,026,098-22%3,505--$293$16,347,7521Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$790,840-22%2,750--$288$12,564,7721Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$651,265-13%3,604-442$181$261,451,4064Lionsgate / Summit
4Hugo$474,930-17%2,608768$182$34,926,8593Paramount
5The Muppets$419,949-12%3,328-112$126$67,046,4093Disney
6Arthur Christmas$369,894-14%3,272-104$113$34,502,1153Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$280,732-16%2,299-328$122$80,765,9325Relativity Media
8Happy Feet Two$258,224-14%2,840-696$91$57,565,3684Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$196,555-5%2,069-335$95$74,701,5056Universal
10Jack and Jill$174,267-20%2,787-262$63$69,085,7855Sony / Columbia
11J. Edgar$139,498-12%1,555-430$90$35,197,0305Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$108,541-3%1,843-907$59$142,195,0417Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$405,151-17%876302$463$24,946,4384Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$90,229-11%2440$370$5,400,6503Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$62,492-15%470-240$133$34,180,4226Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$40,114-15%354-67$113$36,533,2427Fox
5Like Crazy$21,925-4%16210$135$3,211,9847Paramount Vantage
6Courageous$17,413-17%191-74$91$33,388,51611Sony / TriStar
7Margin Call$17,319-14%148-3$117$5,000,0338Roadside Attractions
8The Way$16,6791%120-40$139$3,870,25410Producers Distribution Agency
9Dolphin Tale$16,337-14%342-68$48$71,119,99812Warner Bros.
10Moneyball$15,198-10%208-796$73$74,224,79712Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 3$15,115-6%30247$50$103,675,5088Paramount
12The Ides of March$12,326-13%187-829$66$40,506,75810Sony / Columbia
1350/50$9,282-14%146-50$64$34,916,55811Summit
14The Three Musketeers (2011)$8,735-23%168-40$52$20,256,1778Summit
15Footloose (2011)$7,131-4%201-108$35$51,162,3839Paramount
16Abduction$5,370-12%131-20$41$28,081,21612Lionsgate
17Contagion$4,952-4%111-44$45$75,653,49414Warner Bros.
18The Way Back$1,679--120--$14$3,884,37747Newmarket Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$35,861-12%1610$2,241$999,7193Weinstein Company
2Shame$34,707-8%2111$1,653$890,0582Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$31,413-1%8--$3,927$408,8141Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$26,166-8%4--$6,542$399,5861Focus
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$14,35516%251$574$331,0383Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$12,010-14%490$245$14,711,00936Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$7,3107%72-12$102$2,841,3588Fox Searchlight
8Drive (2011)$6,875-3%70-16$98$34,698,07613FilmDistrict
9The Rum Diary$4,286-7%630$68$13,083,0137FilmDistrict
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,222-12%61-23$53$176,708,21419Fox
11Pastorela$2,425-3%44-11$55$144,1862Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Inni$754-30%1-2$754$115,8267Cinema Purgatorio
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$701112%23-8$30$38,537,74317Weinstein Company
14Circumstance$63380%1--$633$453,92116Roadside Attractions
15Project Nim$24635%2--$123$410,75823Roadside Attractions
16Answers to Nothing$16812%7-14$24$21,7682Roadside Attractions
17The Future$15-55%0----$568,60320Roadside Attractions