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. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$2,175,880-48%2,863--$760$30,691,3601Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$1,017,038-77%2,625--$387$23,230,9601Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$892,445-65%3,346-209$267$190,341,0575Paramount
4Joyful Noise$793,451-69%2,735--$290$14,595,7591Warner Bros.
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$666,026-51%2,674-276$249$89,879,6384Sony / Columbia
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$651,148-65%3,155-448$206$172,694,8635Warner Bros.
7War Horse$600,112-58%2,85673$210$68,122,6124Disney / DreamWorks
8The Devil Inside$480,205-52%2,551266$188$47,861,9132Paramount
9We Bought a Zoo$359,763-80%2,909-261$124$66,217,5284Fox
10The Adventures of Tintin$310,251-80%2,073-933$150$69,640,2374Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$255,520-88%2,849-576$90$121,239,3815Fox
12The Darkest Hour$62,900-66%1,182-981$53$20,776,9234Summit
13New Year's Eve$62,462-65%1,092-772$57$53,933,0506Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$627,353-48%802797$782$7,843,4223Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$350,466-57%660-77$531$48,278,6489Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$272,361-59%88677$307$16,078,9546Focus
4The Artist$184,251-55%21644$853$9,385,4468Weinstein Company
5Hugo$100,773-80%545-298$185$54,764,0078Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$82,885-47%400-184$207$11,584,0408Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$51,589-67%708-350$73$279,846,7529Lionsgate / Summit
8Young Adult$48,581-49%387-443$126$15,850,2916Paramount
9The Sitter$46,880-52%449-309$104$29,795,5616Fox
10Happy Feet Two$30,896-84%36580$85$62,122,3369Warner Bros.
11The Muppets$29,041-90%547-689$53$86,723,4728Disney
12Puss in Boots (2011)$26,083-83%316-35$83$147,325,79112Paramount / DreamWorks
13Tower Heist$20,785-58%260-35$80$77,609,29011Universal
14Immortals$20,018-42%18759$107$83,114,48010Relativity Media
15In Time$6,643-59%106-26$63$37,382,75112Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$23,155-47%41-4$565$2,693,2727Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,816-70%450$285$15,538,09741Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$9,513-64%60$1,586$671,5014Warner Bros.
4Pariah (2011)$9,333-66%2413$389$410,6383Focus
5Vettai$7,672-37%34--$226$107,7451UTV Communications
6J. Edgar$6,893-43%82-70$84$36,993,50710Warner Bros.
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,995-54%1811$278$165,4924FilmDistrict
8Drive (2011)$3,205-51%322$100$34,975,92218FilmDistrict
9Dolphin Tale$2,504-87%91-58$28$72,250,27817Warner Bros.
10Margin Call$2,021-46%20-10$101$5,332,24113Roadside Attractions