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 Wed, Jan. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$1,631,910-25%2,863--$570$32,323,2701Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$775,822-24%2,625--$296$24,006,7821Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$724,545-19%3,346-209$217$191,065,6025Paramount
4Joyful Noise$601,005-24%2,735--$220$15,196,7641Warner Bros.
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$574,531-14%2,674-276$215$90,454,1694Sony / Columbia
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$543,359-17%3,155-448$172$173,238,2225Warner Bros.
7War Horse$512,296-15%2,85673$179$68,634,9084Disney / DreamWorks
8The Devil Inside$378,068-21%2,551266$148$48,239,9812Paramount
9We Bought a Zoo$275,621-23%2,909-261$95$66,493,1494Fox
10The Adventures of Tintin$217,365-30%2,073-933$105$69,857,6024Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$175,162-31%2,849-576$61$121,414,5435Fox
12The Darkest Hour$58,239-7%1,182-981$49$20,835,1624Summit
13New Year's Eve$54,476-13%1,092-772$50$53,987,5266Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$560,637-11%802797$699$8,404,0593Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$303,051-14%660-77$459$48,581,6999Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$248,910-9%88677$281$16,327,8646Focus
4The Artist$184,6050%21644$855$9,570,0518Weinstein Company
5Hugo$91,708-9%545-298$168$54,855,7158Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$78,697-5%400-184$197$11,662,7378Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$50,512-2%708-350$71$279,897,2649Lionsgate / Summit
8Young Adult$43,007-11%387-443$111$15,893,2986Paramount
9The Sitter$42,013-10%449-309$94$29,837,5746Fox
10The Muppets$24,784-15%547-689$45$86,748,2568Disney
11Happy Feet Two$24,099-22%36580$66$62,146,4359Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$19,729-24%316-35$62$147,345,52012Paramount / DreamWorks
13Immortals$17,103-15%18759$91$83,131,58310Relativity Media
14Tower Heist$16,885-19%260-35$65$77,626,17511Universal
15In Time$6,435-3%106-26$61$37,389,18612Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$22,933-1%41-4$559$2,716,2057Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,240-4%450$272$15,550,33741Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pariah (2011)$11,29221%2413$471$421,9303Focus
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$9,457-1%60$1,576$680,9584Warner Bros.
5J. Edgar$6,086-12%82-70$74$36,999,59310Warner Bros.
6In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,473-10%1811$249$169,9654FilmDistrict
7Drive (2011)$4,02125%322$126$34,979,94318FilmDistrict
8Vettai$3,035-60%34--$89$110,7801UTV Communications
9Dolphin Tale$2,194-12%91-58$24$72,252,47217Warner Bros.
10Margin Call$1,797-11%20-10$90$5,334,03813Roadside Attractions