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, Dec. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$9,675,90851%3,4483023$2,806$42,112,3692Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,755,37142%3,7030$1,824$65,508,9932Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,421,54837%3,73411$1,452$42,361,7352Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,630,18540%2,914--$1,589$13,006,6581Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$3,519,17545%3,087--$1,140$11,527,1981Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$2,984,875--3,117--$958$3,443,3611Fox
7New Year's Eve$1,322,09313%2,585-920$511$30,659,2883Warner Bros. / New Line
8Arthur Christmas$1,035,66221%1,804-1125$574$42,503,6645Sony / Columbia
9The Muppets$928,67631%1,752-1056$530$74,485,2015Disney
10Hugo$715,05717%1,236-1296$579$42,342,3265Paramount
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$671,87610%1,603-1355$419$269,473,7776Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$593,5802%1,786-966$332$21,081,7823Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$619,72549%813-65$762$30,911,2776Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$513,38337%9871$520$5,922,8313Paramount
3The Artist$232,663437%167150$1,393$1,731,0935Weinstein Company
4Puss in Boots (2011)$180,78918%389-368$465$143,431,9869Paramount / DreamWorks
5My Week with Marilyn$168,999113%602358$281$6,588,1955Weinstein Company
6Jack and Jill$94,765-12%385-1525$246$71,165,3847Sony / Columbia
7Happy Feet Two$91,998-30%535-1245$172$59,724,8206Warner Bros.
8Tower Heist$58,01516%283-1032$205$76,170,9308Universal
9Moneyball$48,46372%242144$200$74,440,17014Sony / Columbia
10Immortals$46,643-3%228-988$205$82,290,2657Relativity Media
11J. Edgar$42,9774%455-248$94$35,955,2477Warner Bros.
12Dolphin Tale$39,177-13%188-93$208$71,550,33314Warner Bros.
13A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$38,99436%24543$159$34,573,1808Warner Bros. / New Line
14Courageous$34,13131%19291$178$33,627,89913Sony / TriStar
15Footloose (2011)$20,913-25%182-71$115$51,415,53511Paramount
16In Time$20,31712%131-142$155$36,843,3259Fox
17The Ides of March$17,84265%14573$123$40,620,97512Sony / Columbia
18Paranormal Activity 3$12,376-24%124-82$100$103,860,37510Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$209,334264%5539$3,806$1,310,9163Focus
2Shame$45,31113%50-1$906$1,452,7284Fox Searchlight
3The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$43,63341%20-5$2,182$608,9755Warner Bros.
4Born to Be Wild 3D$18,25725%490$373$14,862,39538Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Margin Call$7,212-36%30-91$240$5,172,65110Roadside Attractions
6In the Land of Blood and Honey$6,660--3--$2,220$6,6601FilmDistrict
7Drive (2011)$5,263-7%26-30$202$34,780,58815FilmDistrict
8The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,370-54%37-86$91$20,353,28310Summit
9Like Crazy$3,001-68%30-70$100$3,337,1379Paramount Vantage
10Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,584-18%18-21$144$2,885,87910Fox Searchlight
1150/50$1,471-83%31-80$47$35,001,58913Summit