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, Feb. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$1,685,1630%2,907--$580$25,380,9561Fox
2The Woman in Black$1,268,8648%2,855--$444$23,319,0731CBS Films
3The Grey$950,86016%3,20722$296$36,328,0992Open Road
4Underworld Awakening$610,9218%2,636-442$232$55,432,4663Sony / Screen Gems
5One For the Money$529,61635%2,7370$194$20,545,6652Lionsgate
6The Descendants$525,84139%2,03837$258$66,379,43212Fox Searchlight
7Big Miracle$500,58534%2,129--$235$8,633,3651Universal
8Man on a Ledge$496,01339%2,9980$165$15,468,1182Lionsgate
9Red Tails$443,34612%2,347-226$189$41,897,9513Fox
10Contraband$399,59518%2,047-603$195$62,758,9054Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$381,07035%2,505-125$152$27,332,5807Warner Bros.
12The Artist$334,48539%1,005108$333$21,206,52011Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$296,79138%1,021-223$291$21,167,9756Weinstein Company
14Hugo$217,37429%1,03065$211$62,297,54811Paramount
15Beauty and the Beast 3D$192,94314%1,719-426$112$45,270,2244Disney
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$171,85521%1,077-577$160$205,514,9468Paramount
17Haywire$151,51715%1,251-1190$121$18,130,4943Relativity Media
18War Horse$128,11328%1,163-698$110$77,524,7357Disney / DreamWorks
19Joyful Noise$126,33525%1,350-671$94$29,191,9304Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$116,86621%668-534$175$100,117,4747Sony / Columbia
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$99,19415%857-673$116$184,070,5748Warner Bros.
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$78,34641%302-108$259$21,319,0439Focus
4Albert Nobbs$66,61429%2450$272$1,646,7722Roadside Attractions
5The Adventures of Tintin$66,43839%486-216$137$75,437,4627Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$43,70110%754-335$58$72,804,7447Fox
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$43,334-2%818-252$53$128,439,2808Fox
8My Week with Marilyn$42,13770%171-15$246$13,072,73611Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$31,36715%296105$106$280,935,06612Lionsgate / Summit
10Puss in Boots (2011)$17,66023%253-17$70$148,491,33315Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Devil Inside$15,2670%303-419$50$53,087,3865Paramount
12New Year's Eve$15,25452%222160$69$54,525,2839Warner Bros. / New Line
13Happy Feet Two$15,25410%255-54$60$63,461,61512Warner Bros.
14The Sitter$9,6269%126-19$76$30,338,6509Fox
15J. Edgar$6,11626%135-73$45$37,269,61013Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$15,87128%64-16$248$3,493,68310Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,94423%450$310$16,021,51644Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$6,56325%142$469$224,1533Weinstein Company
4W.E.$4,269-10%4--$1,067$56,0621Weinstein Company
5Immortals$3,8669%62-55$62$83,462,35213Relativity Media
6Pariah (2011)$2,8582%195$150$626,7026Focus
7Young Adult$2,47924%58-29$43$16,238,8709Paramount
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,44921%7-4$350$257,2677FilmDistrict
9The Darkest Hour$2,04828%39-48$53$21,207,4187Summit
10Vettai$1,740288%4--$435$194,0534UTV Communications
11Drive (2011)$1,49127%22-1$68$35,057,57121FilmDistrict