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. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$5,002,705-39%3,185--$1,571$19,665,1011Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$3,500,885-36%3,0780$1,137$44,978,4152Sony / Screen Gems
3Red Tails$2,750,829-43%2,57361$1,069$33,750,1182Fox
4One For the Money$2,669,428-44%2,737--$975$11,515,7901Lionsgate
5Man on a Ledge$1,960,602-45%2,998--$654$8,001,9321Lionsgate
6Contraband$1,762,125-42%2,650-220$665$56,573,8603Universal
7Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$1,756,863-45%2,6300$668$20,941,7026Warner Bros.
8The Descendants$1,726,034-41%2,0011441$863$58,703,29911Fox Searchlight
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$1,632,159-33%2,145-480$761$41,110,1383Disney
10Haywire$1,054,536-41%2,4412$432$15,281,9622Relativity Media
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$866,573-48%1,654-865$524$202,565,2037Paramount
12The Iron Lady$862,453-40%1,244168$693$17,519,1235Weinstein Company
13Joyful Noise$806,261-47%2,021-714$399$26,675,9033Warner Bros.
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$600,147-49%1,530-955$392$182,211,0577Warner Bros.
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$588,008-33%1,070-1000$550$127,041,5077Fox
16The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$565,346-45%1,202-705$470$98,185,4036Sony / Columbia
17War Horse$543,966-41%1,861-664$292$75,618,6526Disney / DreamWorks
18We Bought a Zoo$409,220-41%1,089-976$376$71,705,8786Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hugo$940,058-13%965315$974$58,925,85710Paramount
2The Artist$936,994-37%897235$1,045$16,744,18710Weinstein Company
3The Adventures of Tintin$441,853-27%702-638$629$74,268,2776Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$297,835-42%410-321$726$20,165,0688Focus
5Albert Nobbs$201,185-33%245--$821$746,4171Roadside Attractions
6The Devil Inside$137,038-54%722-1485$190$52,690,1364Paramount
7Happy Feet Two$125,512-29%309-22$406$63,088,72011Warner Bros.
8Puss in Boots (2011)$100,543-38%270-22$372$148,139,80814Paramount / DreamWorks
9My Week with Marilyn$98,511-35%186-39$530$12,595,90510Weinstein Company
10Jack and Jill$85,788-41%253-30$339$73,350,66912Sony / Columbia
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$42,475-44%191-179$222$280,536,13511Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$35,105-33%145-46$242$30,200,9658Fox
13Tower Heist$30,455-51%174-46$175$78,009,15513Universal
14J. Edgar$29,178-37%208162$140$37,161,39512Warner Bros.
15Immortals$20,778-33%117-52$178$83,396,58312Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$48,426-33%80-15$605$3,281,7139Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$33,611-33%450$747$15,843,65843Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$15,258-32%123$1,272$142,8872Weinstein Company
4Young Adult$14,170-47%87-63$163$16,193,3628Paramount
5Pariah (2011)$12,900-36%14-7$921$570,4205Focus
6Moneyball$12,489-47%81-29$154$75,605,49219Sony / Columbia
7The Darkest Hour$9,823-53%87-214$113$21,171,2486Summit
8In Time$7,673-48%58-39$132$37,508,85314Fox
9New Year's Eve$7,271-50%62-203$117$54,260,4238Warner Bros. / New Line
10Vettai$4,913-32%7-14$702$175,0593UTV Communications
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,868-27%11-3$352$226,0446FilmDistrict
12Drive (2011)$3,586-28%23-10$156$35,037,18520FilmDistrict