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. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$1,230,209-2%2,907--$423$27,867,2671Fox
2The Woman in Black$897,396-4%2,855--$314$25,155,4871CBS Films
3The Grey$701,020-2%3,20722$219$37,742,2642Open Road
4Underworld Awakening$497,695-1%2,636-442$189$56,434,3693Sony / Screen Gems
5The Descendants$429,0932%2,03837$211$67,229,61312Fox Searchlight
6One For the Money$417,9841%2,7370$153$21,378,7052Lionsgate
7Red Tails$406,57213%2,347-226$173$42,663,3863Fox
8Man on a Ledge$351,1870%2,9980$117$16,170,2102Lionsgate
9Big Miracle$340,640-6%2,129--$160$9,335,9351Universal
10Contraband$307,555-3%2,047-603$150$63,383,4854Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$303,1362%2,505-125$121$27,933,8897Warner Bros.
12The Artist$283,0484%1,005108$282$21,761,78611Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$238,7442%1,021-223$234$21,641,2956Weinstein Company
14Hugo$192,9024%1,03065$187$62,676,81911Paramount
15Beauty and the Beast 3D$182,5467%1,719-426$106$45,623,1954Disney
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$150,0465%1,077-577$139$205,807,8018Paramount
17Haywire$123,1702%1,251-1190$98$18,375,0093Relativity Media
18War Horse$116,6689%1,163-698$100$77,748,3747Disney / DreamWorks
19Joyful Noise$111,12614%1,350-671$82$29,400,5134Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$103,9925%668-534$156$100,320,7897Sony / Columbia
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$89,3166%857-673$104$184,244,2988Warner Bros.
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$66,8959%302-108$222$21,447,5699Focus
4Albert Nobbs$54,767-6%2450$224$1,759,5792Roadside Attractions
5The Adventures of Tintin$48,0525%486-216$99$75,531,4587Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$41,8086%754-335$55$72,885,9057Fox
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$40,6262%818-252$50$128,519,8548Fox
8My Week with Marilyn$33,33211%171-15$195$13,136,05611Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$28,3477%296105$96$280,989,88912Lionsgate / Summit
10Puss in Boots (2011)$16,8779%253-17$67$148,523,67815Paramount / DreamWorks
11Happy Feet Two$13,9843%255-54$55$63,489,17612Warner Bros.
12The Devil Inside$13,8593%303-419$46$53,114,7635Paramount
13New Year's Eve$11,5312%222160$52$54,430,9249Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Sitter$8,092-3%126-19$64$30,355,1129Fox
15J. Edgar$5,2115%135-73$39$37,279,77513Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,34037%450$430$16,054,92544Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$14,5964%64-16$228$3,522,26010Fox Searchlight
3Coriolanus$6,180-3%142$441$236,6803Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$4,45052%195$234$634,0836Focus
5Immortals$3,93413%62-55$63$83,469,78213Relativity Media
6W.E.$3,841-9%4--$960$64,1471Weinstein Company
7Young Adult$2,6561%58-29$46$16,244,1669Paramount
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,819-14%7-4$260$261,2027FilmDistrict
9Drive (2011)$1,5570%22-1$71$35,060,68921FilmDistrict
10The Darkest Hour$1,556-5%39-48$40$21,210,6097Summit
11Vettai$326-40%4--$82$194,9244UTV Communications