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 Mon, Jan. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,780,560-13%3,4557$2,541$141,186,6463Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,006,473-12%3,7030$1,622$136,910,2193Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,118,98012%3,72441$1,375$97,848,1143Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,366,072-17%2,9140$1,498$59,950,9532Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$3,925,3038%3,0870$1,272$51,400,4502Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$3,765,441-3%3,16346$1,190$44,490,9992Fox
7War Horse$3,638,014-11%2,547171$1,428$44,089,7862Disney / DreamWorks
8New Year's Eve$1,258,473-30%2,2250$566$47,257,8234Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,077,671-26%2,3273$463$14,215,6342Summit
10The Muppets$1,031,62141%1,5415$669$83,561,0736Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$594,738-14%1,4110$422$276,125,4767Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$498,483-29%1,348-138$370$26,816,3404Fox
13Arthur Christmas$252,92849%1,343-181$188$46,073,1636Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$894,890-14%7585$1,181$40,315,6657Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$859,2933%9510$904$50,313,4956Paramount
3Young Adult$607,481-20%9870$615$12,669,2524Paramount
4The Artist$404,373-10%1670$2,421$5,448,7176Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$271,499-15%63028$431$9,207,2206Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$254,6669%3890$655$145,738,32710Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$157,69836%525-10$300$60,965,8667Warner Bros.
8Don 2$114,260--1676$684$3,288,6862Reliance Big Entertainment
9Footloose (2011)$88,848196%1820$488$51,670,51212Paramount
10J. Edgar$78,226-2%4550$172$36,650,8318Warner Bros.
11Real Steel$75,174--2270$331$84,568,41513Disney / DreamWorks
12Tower Heist$68,310-18%253-30$270$76,802,2259Universal
13Moneyball$54,417-16%2508$218$75,016,05915Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$52,440-13%181-11$290$34,088,36014Sony / TriStar
15Jack and Jill$52,389-15%222-20$236$71,750,0378Sony / Columbia
16Dolphin Tale$52,17727%1880$278$72,015,96915Warner Bros.
17Immortals$42,433-21%2280$186$82,699,4328Relativity Media
18A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$33,509-20%2450$137$34,928,5459Warner Bros. / New Line
19In Time$30,120-12%12311$245$37,076,41510Fox
20The Ides of March$25,176-15%143-2$176$40,850,78813Sony / Columbia
21Paranormal Activity 3$14,589-33%1240$118$104,007,82811Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$324,452-17%572$5,692$4,280,1864Focus
2A Dangerous Method$99,824--613$1,636$1,676,5816Sony Pictures Classics
3Shame$77,991-6%555$1,418$2,043,8655Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$65,400-16%4--$16,350$285,8091Weinstein Company
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$39,368-13%60$6,561$352,4172Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$36,036169%490$735$15,183,66539Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Carnage (2011)$29,829--125$2,486$378,4343Sony Pictures Classics
8Pina$28,805--30$9,602$257,7972IFC Films
9Melancholia$22,281--63-3$354$2,539,7878Magnolia Pictures
10A Separation$21,037--3--$7,012$80,5181Sony Pictures Classics
11The Way$17,350--4720$369$4,187,40813Producers Distribution Agency
12Pariah (2011)$16,769-11%4--$4,192$101,7551Focus
13The Help$11,126--650$171$169,510,67221Disney / DreamWorks
14The Skin I Live In$9,140--28-6$326$3,051,24812Sony Pictures Classics
15Margin Call$7,821-5%29-1$270$5,254,18711Roadside Attractions
16Drive (2011)$7,144-42%25-1$286$34,840,19116FilmDistrict
17Midnight in Paris$6,895--23-5$300$56,384,62733Sony Pictures Classics
18Martha Marcy May Marlene$4,227--0-15--$2,913,44311Fox Searchlight
19In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,214-4%2-1$2,107$53,3562FilmDistrict
20Like Crazy$4,10250%300$137$3,372,10010Paramount Vantage
21Take Shelter$3,637--20-4$182$1,674,83914Sony Pictures Classics
22The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$2,932-13%16-4$183$711,1686Warner Bros.
23Mozart's Sister$2,334--96$259$686,83020Music Box Films
24The Lion King 3D$1,635--7-3$234$94,234,98616Disney
25The Guard$830--4-2$208$5,336,97423Sony Pictures Classics
26Miss Minoes (2011 re-issue)$594--30$198$6,5412Music Box Films
27Young Goethe In Love$374--53$75$101,6119Music Box Films
28Outrage$372--1--$372$30,8125Magnolia / Magnet
29Blackthorn$343--4--$86$187,84413Magnolia Pictures
30Paul Goodman Changed My Life$226--1--$226$25,24611Zeitgeist Films
31Higher Ground$150--4-1$38$841,20619Sony Pictures Classics
32Inni$143155%10$143$117,69110Cinema Purgatorio
33Angels Crest$91--1--$91$4981Magnolia Pictures