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 Sun, Dec. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$10,334,634-30%3,703--$2,791$39,637,0791Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,651,523-33%3,723--$1,787$23,244,7441Fox
3New Year's Eve$1,878,714-35%3,5050$536$24,716,1672Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Sitter$1,365,562-24%2,7522$496$17,929,9872Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,205,304-30%2,958-646$407$266,327,9745Lionsgate / Summit
6Hugo$1,161,286-27%2,532-76$459$39,155,7094Paramount
7Arthur Christmas$1,141,434-27%2,929-343$390$38,501,6314Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$1,124,649-27%2,808-520$401$70,994,5714Disney
9Happy Feet Two$363,841-19%1,780-1060$204$58,909,8735Warner Bros.
10Jack and Jill$330,672-39%1,910-877$173$70,506,6296Sony / Columbia
11Immortals$263,875-24%1,216-1083$217$81,889,3766Relativity Media
12Tower Heist$217,025-47%1,315-754$165$75,788,7407Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$3,933,794-17%425--$9,256$13,385,2041Paramount
2Young Adult$920,612-34%986978$934$3,843,0832Paramount
3The Descendants$870,519-41%8782$991$28,645,9095Fox Searchlight
4My Week with Marilyn$178,522-30%2440$732$6,087,1304Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$152,958-25%757-1086$202$142,775,4028Paramount / DreamWorks
6J. Edgar$104,363-40%703-852$148$35,718,8976Warner Bros.
7Dolphin Tale$58,425-33%281-61$208$71,330,86013Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$52,068-25%202-268$258$34,413,0797Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$48,960-26%273-81$179$36,732,6948Fox
10Courageous$42,04716%101-90$416$33,514,22812Sony / TriStar
11Footloose (2011)$36,250-29%25352$143$51,292,77610Paramount
12Paranormal Activity 3$29,217-21%206-96$142$103,783,4789Paramount
13Margin Call$24,504-49%121-27$203$5,114,6879Roadside Attractions
14Like Crazy$17,852-21%100-62$179$3,292,9588Paramount Vantage
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$14,531-29%123-45$118$20,315,3249Summit
1650/50$11,057-23%111-35$100$34,963,96712Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$144,518-24%1612$9,032$879,5482Focus
2Shame$96,760-21%5130$1,897$1,231,2953Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$93,001-23%171$5,471$1,327,5204Weinstein Company
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$29,422-42%250$1,177$460,0484Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$20,033-5%490$409$14,786,94537Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Moneyball$19,208-47%98-110$196$74,317,36313Sony / Columbia
7Drive (2011)$13,018-24%56-14$232$34,746,35314FilmDistrict
8The Ides of March$12,782-39%72-115$178$40,567,82411Sony / Columbia
9Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,0525%39-33$206$2,870,2779Fox Searchlight
10Pastorela$4,090-3%19-25$215$156,7843Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Rum Diary$3,707-26%30-33$124$13,100,0428FilmDistrict
12Cook County$2,030-27%5--$406$7,5791Hanover House
13Answers to Nothing$26-77%1-6$26$22,0293Roadside Attractions