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 Sun, Jan. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$7,200,445-15%2,863--$2,515$24,349,8151Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$5,427,041-19%2,625--$2,067$17,751,9051Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$3,674,255-23%3,346-209$1,098$186,933,4065Paramount
4Joyful Noise$3,362,169-26%2,735--$1,229$11,225,1901Warner Bros.
5Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$2,688,563-23%3,155-448$852$170,192,3015Warner Bros.
6The Devil Inside$2,216,768-28%2,551266$869$46,375,2862Paramount
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$2,079,421-21%2,674-276$778$87,841,7564Sony / Columbia
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,052,481-23%2,849-576$720$118,875,1195Fox
9War Horse$1,929,001-18%2,85673$675$66,095,0914Disney / DreamWorks
10We Bought a Zoo$1,855,424-20%2,909-261$638$64,049,3154Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$1,479,114-14%2,073-933$714$67,740,2304Paramount
12The Darkest Hour$326,244-27%1,182-981$276$20,528,4734Summit
13New Year's Eve$312,816-25%1,092-772$286$53,692,9816Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$1,610,376-28%802797$2,008$6,000,5553Weinstein Company
2Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$951,906-28%88677$1,074$15,136,7126Focus
3The Descendants$668,492-24%660-77$1,013$47,104,4529Fox Searchlight
4The Artist$398,720-20%21644$1,846$8,789,9598Weinstein Company
5Hugo$395,411-9%545-298$726$54,163,1238Paramount
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$239,340-27%708-350$338$279,638,9999Lionsgate / Summit
7The Muppets$220,626-12%547-689$403$86,409,3968Disney
8Happy Feet Two$179,387-12%36580$491$61,898,3439Warner Bros.
9The Sitter$175,251-10%449-309$390$29,650,2556Fox
10My Week with Marilyn$148,893-22%400-184$372$11,344,9868Weinstein Company
11Puss in Boots (2011)$144,720-20%316-35$458$147,150,14412Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack and Jill$142,036-17%298127$477$72,424,31810Sony / Columbia
13Young Adult$133,224-22%387-443$344$15,705,9806Paramount
14Tower Heist$72,785-26%260-35$280$77,539,10511Universal
15Immortals$58,096-5%18759$311$83,059,93410Relativity Media
16Courageous$31,943-5%116-75$275$34,434,96716Sony / TriStar
17In Time$24,539-15%106-26$232$37,359,99612Fox
18Moneyball$21,377-31%128-103$167$75,421,17117Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$47,121-18%41-4$1,149$2,626,6317Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$37,941-20%450$843$15,482,79941Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pariah (2011)$31,787-23%2413$1,324$374,1843Focus
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$31,587-16%60$5,265$635,5454Warner Bros.
5Vettai$30,398-15%34--$894$87,9211UTV Communications
6J. Edgar$16,810-28%82-70$205$36,974,52210Warner Bros.
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$15,735-5%1811$874$149,7354FilmDistrict
8Dolphin Tale$14,107-22%91-58$155$72,228,57517Warner Bros.
9Drive (2011)$9,037-21%322$282$34,966,21618FilmDistrict
10Margin Call$4,237-37%20-10$212$5,326,46713Roadside Attractions