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, Feb. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$1,263,8811%3,185--$397$25,256,5331Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$874,668-1%3,0780$284$48,752,9212Sony / Screen Gems
3One For the Money$678,8060%2,737--$248$14,417,9871Lionsgate
4Red Tails$616,4390%2,57361$240$36,323,4582Fox
5The Descendants$556,4130%2,0011441$278$60,922,65211Fox Searchlight
6Man on a Ledge$531,2523%2,998--$177$10,264,7741Lionsgate
7Contraband$489,4450%2,650-220$185$58,613,3003Universal
8Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$464,2505%2,6300$177$22,867,6766Warner Bros.
9Haywire$322,1072%2,4412$132$16,644,9042Relativity Media
10The Iron Lady$306,8891%1,244168$247$18,757,3495Weinstein Company
11Beauty and the Beast 3D$295,6942%2,145-480$138$42,328,8003Disney
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$232,9887%1,654-865$141$203,497,8627Paramount
13Joyful Noise$209,38912%2,021-714$104$27,505,2283Warner Bros.
14War Horse$184,6569%1,861-664$99$76,335,5076Disney / DreamWorks
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$177,3834%1,202-705$148$98,881,4656Sony / Columbia
16Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$161,1757%1,530-955$105$182,859,1187Warner Bros.
17We Bought a Zoo$68,3136%1,089-976$63$71,983,5716Fox
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$62,9343%1,070-1000$59$127,303,4257Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$323,5172%897235$361$18,019,24410Weinstein Company
2Hugo$171,2933%965315$178$59,639,03910Paramount
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$89,8507%410-321$219$20,514,6928Focus
4The Adventures of Tintin$76,843-3%702-638$109$74,614,1396Paramount
5Albert Nobbs$71,907-1%245--$293$1,037,9431Roadside Attractions
6The Devil Inside$53,7675%722-1485$74$52,901,8584Paramount
7My Week with Marilyn$40,6095%186-39$218$12,751,15810Weinstein Company
8Happy Feet Two$20,1657%309-22$65$63,169,76311Warner Bros.
9Puss in Boots (2011)$17,3812%270-22$64$148,209,26414Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$16,56812%191-179$87$280,596,71011Lionsgate / Summit
11J. Edgar$13,0481%208162$63$37,217,44512Warner Bros.
12The Sitter$12,24312%145-46$84$30,247,2048Fox
13Tower Heist$9,57010%174-46$55$78,046,57013Universal
14Immortals$7,28510%117-52$62$83,423,98312Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$21,15710%80-15$264$3,361,6079Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$14,76112%450$328$15,901,88443Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$6,7803%123$565$167,8212Weinstein Company
4Young Adult$4,978-7%87-63$57$16,214,3738Paramount
5Pariah (2011)$4,1029%14-7$293$586,0815Focus
6New Year's Eve$3,66224%62-203$59$54,274,7068Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Darkest Hour$3,39511%87-214$39$21,184,2106Summit
8In Time$3,00811%58-39$52$37,520,09514Fox
9In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,98854%11-3$181$231,8456FilmDistrict
10Drive (2011)$1,298-19%23-10$56$35,042,93720FilmDistrict