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, Jan. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$3,428,017-61%3,4557$992$144,614,6633Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$2,558,120-57%3,7030$691$139,468,3393Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$2,076,721-52%2,9140$713$62,027,6742Sony / Columbia
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,931,414-62%3,72441$519$99,779,5283Fox
5The Adventures of Tintin$1,707,277-57%3,0870$553$53,107,7272Paramount
6War Horse$1,566,288-57%2,547171$615$45,656,0742Disney / DreamWorks
7We Bought a Zoo$1,516,891-60%3,16346$480$46,007,8902Fox
8New Year's Eve$606,315-52%2,2250$273$47,864,1384Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$587,176-46%2,3273$252$14,802,8102Summit
10The Sitter$301,037-40%1,348-138$223$27,117,3774Fox
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$299,396-50%1,4110$212$276,424,8727Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$277,177-73%1,5415$180$83,838,2506Disney
13Arthur Christmas$115,478-54%1,343-181$86$46,188,6416Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$371,550-58%7585$490$40,687,2157Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$301,218-50%9870$305$12,970,4704Paramount
3Hugo$281,983-67%9510$297$50,595,4786Paramount
4The Artist$178,394-56%1670$1,068$5,627,1116Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$143,888-47%63028$228$9,351,1086Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$111,038-56%3890$285$145,849,36510Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$63,410-60%5250$121$61,029,2767Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$35,202-55%4550$77$36,686,0338Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$34,155-50%253-30$135$76,836,3809Universal
10Dolphin Tale$24,524-53%1880$130$72,040,49315Warner Bros.
11Immortals$23,534-45%2280$103$82,722,9668Relativity Media
12A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$18,776-44%2450$77$34,947,3219Warner Bros. / New Line
13In Time$16,915-44%12311$138$37,093,33010Fox
14Footloose (2011)$12,230-86%1820$67$51,682,74212Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 3$7,143-51%1240$58$104,014,97111Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$118,994-63%572$2,088$4,399,1804Focus
2Shame$40,477-48%555$736$2,084,3425Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$21,192-41%490$432$15,204,85739Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Iron Lady$20,285-69%4--$5,071$306,0941Weinstein Company
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$15,526-61%60$2,588$367,9432Warner Bros.
6The Way$8,036-54%4720$171$4,195,44413Producers Distribution Agency
7Pariah (2011)$6,548-61%4--$1,637$108,3031Focus
8Drive (2011)$4,452-38%25-1$178$34,844,64316FilmDistrict
9Margin Call$3,813-51%29-1$131$5,258,00011Roadside Attractions
10Like Crazy$2,401-41%300$80$3,374,50110Paramount Vantage
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,734-59%2-1$867$55,0902FilmDistrict
12Inni$1569%10$156$117,84710Cinema Purgatorio