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 Fri, Feb. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$15,293,042--2,958--$5,170$15,293,0421Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$13,645,625--3,119--$4,375$13,645,6251Universal
3Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$8,602,102--2,655--$3,240$8,602,1021Fox
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,541,362--3,470--$1,885$6,541,3621Warner Bros. / New Line
5Chronicle$3,557,123189%2,9081$1,223$31,424,3902Fox
6The Woman in Black$3,384,716277%2,8561$1,185$28,540,2032CBS Films
7The Grey$1,362,31794%2,801-406$486$39,104,5813Open Road
8Big Miracle$938,520176%2,1334$440$10,274,4552Universal
9The Descendants$877,260104%1,581-457$555$68,106,87313Fox Searchlight
10One For the Money$675,14862%2,056-681$328$22,053,8533Lionsgate
11Underworld Awakening$670,50335%1,657-979$405$57,104,8724Sony / Screen Gems
12Red Tails$637,78257%1,580-767$404$43,301,1684Fox
13Man on a Ledge$398,69914%1,423-1575$280$16,568,9093Lionsgate
14Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$387,97528%1,375-1130$282$28,321,8648Warner Bros.
15Contraband$362,13518%1,081-966$335$63,745,6205Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$558,11197%808-197$691$22,319,89712Weinstein Company
2Hugo$360,69387%702-328$514$63,037,51212Paramount
3The Iron Lady$296,71724%512-509$580$21,938,0127Weinstein Company
4Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$196,245--111--$1,768$196,2451UTV Communications
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$186,91625%469-608$399$205,994,7179Paramount
6Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$135,692103%232-70$585$21,583,26110Focus
7Joyful Noise$131,39018%686-664$192$29,531,9035Warner Bros.
8Beauty and the Beast 3D$127,572-30%678-1041$188$45,750,7675Disney
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$123,42019%269-399$459$100,444,2098Sony / Columbia
10War Horse$114,629-2%502-661$228$77,863,0038Disney / DreamWorks
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$95,038134%502-316$189$128,614,8929Fox
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$94,4656%265-592$356$184,338,7639Warner Bros.
13We Bought a Zoo$88,745112%420-334$211$72,974,6508Fox
14Albert Nobbs$70,35228%151-94$466$1,829,9313Roadside Attractions
15The Adventures of Tintin$69,80845%257-229$272$75,601,2668Paramount
16Haywire$58,347-53%263-988$222$18,433,3564Relativity Media
17My Week with Marilyn$55,11265%125-46$441$13,191,16812Weinstein Company
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$52,82086%230-66$230$281,042,70913Lionsgate / Summit
19Puss in Boots (2011)$42,941154%209-44$205$148,566,61916Paramount / DreamWorks
20Jack and Jill$39,337--187-35$210$73,712,21514Sony / Columbia
21Happy Feet Two$35,613155%202-53$176$63,524,78913Warner Bros.
22New Year's Eve$19,27167%155-67$124$54,450,19510Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$26,32436%44-1$598$16,081,24945Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$23,38760%52-12$450$3,545,64711Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$15,669308%1713$922$79,8162Weinstein Company
4The Sitter$14,40778%99-27$146$30,369,51910Fox
5The Devil Inside$10,461-25%95-208$110$53,125,2246Paramount
6Coriolanus$7,53322%11-3$685$244,2134Weinstein Company
7Pariah (2011)$6,22040%13-6$478$640,3037Focus
8Chico & Rita$5,438--1--$5,438$5,4381GKIDS
9Immortals$4,1536%33-29$126$83,473,93514Relativity Media
10J. Edgar$4,103-21%42-93$98$37,283,87814Warner Bros.
11Young Adult$3,61136%35-23$103$16,247,77710Paramount
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,83156%103$283$264,0338FilmDistrict
13The Darkest Hour$1,90723%18-21$106$21,212,5168Summit
14Vettai$61789%2-2$309$195,5415UTV Communications
15Margin Call$144--20$72$5,352,98717Roadside Attractions