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 Thu, Dec. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$6,421,102-28%3,4483023$1,862$32,436,4611Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,745,04911%3,703--$1,281$58,753,6221Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,967,61913%3,726--$1,065$36,940,1871Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$3,310,977-35%2,914--$1,136$8,376,4730Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$2,431,0036%3,087--$787$8,008,0230Paramount
6New Year's Eve$1,165,18510%3,051-454$382$29,337,1952Warner Bros. / New Line
7Arthur Christmas$855,86328%2,105-1167$407$41,468,0024Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$708,37921%1,859-1469$381$73,556,5254Disney
9Hugo$611,85621%1,487-1121$411$41,627,2694Paramount
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$609,35918%1,822-1782$334$268,801,9015Lionsgate / Summit
11The Sitter$582,6565%2,473-277$236$20,488,2022Fox
12Immortals$48,0008%1,216-1083$39$82,244,3426Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$416,7218%835-41$499$30,291,5525Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$375,2947%986978$381$5,409,4482Paramount
3Puss in Boots (2011)$153,51720%757-1086$203$143,251,1978Paramount / DreamWorks
4Happy Feet Two$131,119-2%760-2080$173$59,632,6425Warner Bros.
5Jack and Jill$108,27915%677-2110$160$71,059,7086Sony / Columbia
6My Week with Marilyn$79,2317%2440$325$6,419,1964Weinstein Company
7Tower Heist$50,16014%418-1651$120$76,112,9157Universal
8Dolphin Tale$44,95215%250-92$180$71,511,15613Warner Bros.
9J. Edgar$41,39814%455-1100$91$35,912,2706Warner Bros.
10A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$28,7698%245-225$117$34,534,1867Warner Bros. / New Line
11Moneyball$28,12021%24234$116$74,391,43713Sony / Columbia
12Footloose (2011)$28,04116%25352$111$51,394,62210Paramount
13Courageous$26,14925%187-4$140$33,593,76812Sony / TriStar
14In Time$18,1029%273-81$66$36,823,0088Fox
15Paranormal Activity 3$16,31711%206-96$79$103,847,9999Paramount
16Margin Call$11,2142%121-28$93$5,165,4399Roadside Attractions
17The Ides of March$10,84318%141-46$77$40,603,13311Sony / Columbia
18Like Crazy$9,4187%100-62$94$3,334,1368Paramount Vantage
1950/50$8,520-3%111-35$77$35,000,11812Summit
20The Three Musketeers (2011)$7,33720%123-45$60$20,349,9139Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$57,53711%1612$3,596$1,101,5822Focus
2The Artist$43,3399%171$2,549$1,498,4304Weinstein Company
3Shame$40,1625%5029$803$1,407,4173Fox Searchlight
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$31,0550%22-3$1,412$564,4424Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$14,555-8%490$297$14,844,13837Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$5,671-36%56-14$101$34,755,32514FilmDistrict
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$3,14024%39-33$81$2,883,2959Fox Searchlight
8The Rum Diary$2,51129%30-33$84$13,109,8158FilmDistrict
9Pastorela$93132%19-25$49$161,1943Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Cook County$61136%5--$122$9,7271Hanover House