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 Sat, Jan. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Devil Inside$11,780,138-30%2,285--$5,155$28,536,9021Paramount
2Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$9,021,67447%3,555100$2,538$164,863,4514Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,048,84743%3,603-100$1,679$153,643,4824Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,946,69140%2,95036$1,677$74,015,7773Sony / Columbia
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,487,40495%3,425-299$1,310$108,876,9574Fox
6War Horse$3,843,04948%2,783236$1,381$54,664,6823Disney / DreamWorks
7We Bought a Zoo$3,813,69761%3,1707$1,203$54,275,3563Fox
8The Adventures of Tintin$2,983,26470%3,006-81$992$60,020,2243Paramount
9New Year's Eve$1,403,84130%1,864-361$753$51,247,4405Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$1,393,60030%2,163-164$644$18,030,5493Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$665,57752%1,058-353$629$278,046,8378Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$618,753116%1,236-305$501$85,108,4797Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$2,429,77941%809752$3,003$8,806,6365Focus
2The Descendants$1,186,40958%737-21$1,610$43,312,0858Fox Searchlight
3Hugo$719,50284%843-108$854$52,141,4207Paramount
4Young Adult$564,67042%830-157$680$14,428,8625Paramount
5The Artist$511,93073%1725$2,976$6,785,6717Weinstein Company
6The Sitter$480,06221%758-590$633$28,446,3065Fox
7My Week with Marilyn$359,33353%584-46$615$10,224,6487Weinstein Company
8Puss in Boots (2011)$272,74294%351-38$777$146,423,03911Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$138,65049%29542$470$77,126,14510Universal
10Happy Feet Two$93,46858%285-240$328$61,282,3758Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$78,33342%231-19$339$75,233,44316Sony / Columbia
12Jack and Jill$78,05365%171-51$456$71,938,3299Sony / Columbia
13Courageous$64,98138%19110$340$34,264,90115Sony / TriStar
14In Time$50,08140%1329$379$37,208,85611Fox
15J. Edgar$49,46355%152-303$325$36,833,3009Warner Bros.
16Dolphin Tale$45,810106%149-39$307$72,138,48316Warner Bros.
17Arthur Christmas$40,05225%280-1063$143$46,410,0407Sony / Columbia
18Immortals$35,70626%128-100$279$82,826,5789Relativity Media
19Footloose (2011)$34,69451%131-51$265$51,764,09913Paramount
20The Ides of March$31,79340%114-29$279$40,945,80914Sony / Columbia
21A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$23,03136%125-120$184$35,017,75410Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$86,28946%45-10$1,918$2,302,1576Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$76,86670%51$15,373$466,4322Weinstein Company
3Pariah (2011)$45,01032%117$4,092$202,6572Focus
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$41,30860%60$6,885$466,5903Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$38,48167%45-4$855$15,301,35440Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$22,13816%305$738$34,896,61517FilmDistrict
7Margin Call$14,59164%301$486$5,293,01112Roadside Attractions
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$14,12881%75$2,018$80,3143FilmDistrict
9Like Crazy$2,9371%15-15$196$3,386,61311Paramount Vantage
10Inni$1,48719%31$496$120,58911Cinema Purgatorio