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, Jan. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Devil Inside$16,756,764--2,285--$7,333$16,756,7641Paramount
2Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$6,140,865151%3,555100$1,727$155,841,7774Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,234,574125%3,603-100$1,175$147,594,6354Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$3,533,172107%2,95036$1,198$69,069,0863Sony / Columbia
5War Horse$2,596,021105%2,783236$933$50,821,6333Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$2,367,550140%3,1707$747$50,461,6593Fox
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,301,099114%3,425-299$672$104,389,5534Fox
8The Adventures of Tintin$1,756,68571%3,006-81$584$57,036,9603Paramount
9New Year's Eve$1,082,802156%1,864-361$581$49,843,5995Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$1,070,660200%2,163-164$495$16,636,9493Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$437,62263%1,058-353$414$277,381,2608Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$286,82065%1,236-305$232$84,489,7267Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,725,7081224%809752$2,133$6,376,8575Focus
2The Descendants$749,113115%737-21$1,016$42,125,6768Fox Searchlight
3The Sitter$398,10997%758-590$525$27,966,2445Fox
4Young Adult$397,68867%830-157$479$13,864,1925Paramount
5Hugo$391,76183%843-108$465$51,421,9187Paramount
6The Artist$296,24070%1725$1,722$6,273,7417Weinstein Company
7My Week with Marilyn$234,30265%584-46$401$9,865,3157Weinstein Company
8Puss in Boots (2011)$140,47283%351-38$400$146,150,29711Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$92,925234%29542$315$76,987,49510Universal
10Happy Feet Two$59,29821%285-240$208$61,188,9078Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$55,257--231-19$239$75,155,11016Sony / Columbia
12Jack and Jill$47,190--171-51$276$71,860,2769Sony / Columbia
13Courageous$47,072--19110$246$34,199,92015Sony / TriStar
14In Time$35,814146%1329$271$37,158,77511Fox
15Arthur Christmas$32,141-53%280-1063$115$46,369,9887Sony / Columbia
16J. Edgar$32,005-2%152-303$211$36,783,8379Warner Bros.
17Immortals$28,33343%128-100$221$82,790,8729Relativity Media
18Footloose (2011)$22,90194%131-51$175$51,729,40513Paramount
19The Ides of March$22,681--114-29$199$40,914,01614Sony / Columbia
20Dolphin Tale$22,20055%149-39$149$72,092,67316Warner Bros.
21A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$16,94719%125-120$136$34,994,72310Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$59,25862%45-10$1,317$2,215,8686Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$45,271131%51$9,054$389,5662Weinstein Company
3Pariah (2011)$34,208329%117$3,110$157,6472Focus
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$25,73864%60$4,290$425,2823Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$23,04035%45-4$512$15,262,87340Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$19,100229%305$637$34,874,47717FilmDistrict
7Margin Call$8,92236%301$297$5,278,42012Roadside Attractions
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,794399%75$1,113$66,1863FilmDistrict
9Like Crazy$2,904-17%15-15$194$3,383,67611Paramount Vantage
10Inni$1,249--31$416$119,10211Cinema Purgatorio