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 Thu, Jan. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,321,322-3%3,555100$372$175,246,7894Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,052,195-5%3,603-100$292$161,599,6444Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,002,549-7%2,95036$340$81,180,8493Sony / Columbia
4The Devil Inside$863,014-9%2,285--$378$38,346,8471Paramount
5War Horse$760,594-10%2,783236$273$60,171,9633Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$477,123-6%3,1707$151$58,488,5343Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$368,558-5%3,006-81$123$63,705,2063Paramount
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$305,180-2%3,425-299$89$112,981,2884Fox
9New Year's Eve$187,094-2%1,864-361$100$52,654,1275Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$174,157-4%2,163-164$81$19,449,1743Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$107,256-5%1,058-353$101$278,869,6858Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$66,922-2%1,236-305$54$85,835,5287Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$437,424-6%809752$541$11,942,5405Focus
2The Descendants$259,332-11%737-21$352$45,004,1968Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$128,514-4%830-157$155$15,275,8275Paramount
4Hugo$127,5776%843-108$151$53,116,6557Paramount
5The Artist$125,482-8%1725$730$7,596,7797Weinstein Company
6My Week with Marilyn$102,388-8%584-46$175$10,873,7107Weinstein Company
7The Sitter$98,2730%758-590$130$29,137,2335Fox
8Puss in Boots (2011)$33,6174%351-38$96$146,737,12711Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$23,5950%29542$80$77,297,30510Universal
10J. Edgar$13,800-15%152-303$91$36,919,2669Warner Bros.
11Happy Feet Two$12,844-15%285-240$45$61,414,1448Warner Bros.
12In Time$11,9644%1329$91$37,284,64311Fox
13Immortals$10,6794%128-100$83$82,895,2829Relativity Media
14A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$6,4004%125-120$51$35,061,03110Warner Bros. / New Line
15Footloose (2011)$5,97416%131-51$46$51,802,74213Paramount
16Dolphin Tale$5,3581%149-39$36$72,188,21616Warner Bros.
17Arthur Christmas$4,512-29%280-1063$16$46,462,4697Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$28,5035%45-10$633$2,482,4236Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$18,0814%51$3,616$587,6212Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$16,35873%45-4$364$15,377,33340Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$12,1084%60$2,018$544,5163Warner Bros.
5Pariah (2011)$10,043-2%117$913$272,3692Focus
6Drive (2011)$6,9626%305$232$34,937,38917FilmDistrict
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,186-20%75$455$105,6433FilmDistrict
8Margin Call$2,4125%301$80$5,311,28012Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$2,1521%15-15$143$3,395,39111Paramount Vantage
10Inni$1,043167%2--$522$123,74211Cinema Purgatorio