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 Tue, Dec. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$9,664,177-34%3,4483023$2,803$86,219,4212Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$7,321,067-32%3,7030$1,977$97,175,2022Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,811,411-2%3,683-40$1,849$63,279,8922Fox
4The Adventures of Tintin$4,632,059-14%3,087--$1,501$27,776,2111Paramount
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,580,128-32%2,914--$1,572$32,449,4131Sony / Columbia
6We Bought a Zoo$4,287,178-18%3,117--$1,375$19,350,3091Fox
7War Horse$4,172,543-40%2,376--$1,756$18,700,5151Disney / DreamWorks
8New Year's Eve$1,666,586-11%2,225-1280$749$36,195,3133Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,461,990-29%2,324--$629$6,524,4691Summit
10The Muppets$1,014,029-10%1,536-1272$660$77,839,8915Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$771,203-16%1,411-1547$547$271,954,0456Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$584,836-23%1,486-1266$394$23,570,3803Fox
13Arthur Christmas$419,644-4%1,524-1405$275$44,396,7935Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$829,963-31%753-125$1,102$34,393,4956Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$772,360-22%951-1581$812$45,521,2435Paramount
3Young Adult$657,210-29%9871$666$8,733,3983Paramount
4The Artist$298,269-31%167150$1,786$3,111,9605Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$265,0303%389-368$681$144,184,1949Paramount / DreamWorks
6My Week with Marilyn$232,815-26%602358$387$7,527,5715Weinstein Company
7Happy Feet Two$137,94413%525-1255$263$60,111,7856Warner Bros.
8Jack and Jill$62,783-14%242-1668$259$71,392,3277Sony / Columbia
9J. Edgar$61,444-25%455-248$135$36,197,5227Warner Bros.
10Moneyball$58,788-20%242144$243$74,638,53214Sony / Columbia
11Dolphin Tale$56,44813%188-93$300$71,693,65114Warner Bros.
12Tower Heist$53,770-21%283-1032$190$76,371,8608Universal
13Courageous$43,677-31%19291$227$33,791,02613Sony / TriStar
14Immortals$39,778-22%228-988$174$82,455,1257Relativity Media
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$36,738-19%24543$150$34,728,2748Warner Bros. / New Line
16Footloose (2011)$26,773-9%182-71$147$51,493,72511Paramount
17The Ides of March$22,602-20%14573$156$40,697,96912Sony / Columbia
18In Time$20,062-16%112-161$179$36,911,7699Fox
19Paranormal Activity 3$13,896-13%124-82$112$103,908,01210Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$236,938-30%5539$4,308$2,394,5923Focus
2Shame$54,491-17%50-1$1,090$1,651,2484Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$46,99141%490$959$14,956,63238Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$28,213-33%6--$4,702$142,9311Warner Bros.
5The Way$14,400-24%27-66$533$4,086,34712Producers Distribution Agency
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$13,165-18%20-5$658$653,5845Warner Bros.
7Margin Call$9,904-16%30-91$330$5,208,09510Roadside Attractions
8Drive (2011)$4,489-27%26-30$173$34,797,83715FilmDistrict
9In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,397-33%3--$1,466$29,8561FilmDistrict
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,740-11%37-86$101$20,366,06810Summit
11Like Crazy$3,368-14%30-70$112$3,349,1599Paramount Vantage
12Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,549-12%15-24$170$2,894,83010Fox Searchlight
1350/50$2,523-18%31-80$81$35,009,40013Summit
14Inni$46-40%1--$46$116,6849Cinema Purgatorio