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. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$1,981,335-49%3,1212$635$83,793,7752Universal
2The Vow$1,821,724-49%2,9580$616$90,389,3472Sony / Screen Gems
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,737,401-71%3,50030$496$60,787,8522Warner Bros. / New Line
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,520,420-55%3,174--$479$26,991,1931Sony / Columbia
5This Means War$1,353,590-48%3,189--$424$22,970,3071Fox
6Chronicle$659,549-57%2,556-352$258$53,303,0363Fox
7The Secret World of Arrietty$610,169-73%1,522--$401$9,295,0331Disney
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$571,757-71%2,6550$215$36,365,6672Fox
9The Woman in Black$508,462-54%2,559-297$199$46,913,2563CBS Films
10The Grey$289,003-50%2,107-694$137$48,899,2964Open Road
11The Descendants$268,412-52%1,243-338$216$75,840,85414Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$261,440-71%1,634-499$160$17,867,1253Universal
13Red Tails$117,112-64%1,009-571$116$48,002,9665Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$274,827-49%8080$340$28,345,23913Weinstein Company
2Hugo$205,264-62%558-144$368$67,492,62713Paramount
3The Iron Lady$133,892-42%623111$215$24,790,1528Weinstein Company
4Underworld Awakening$115,844-46%826-831$140$61,709,7515Sony / Screen Gems
5One For the Money$73,697-49%933-1123$79$25,679,4174Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$61,173-57%577-798$106$30,835,2969Warner Bros.
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$55,520-52%403138$138$185,442,02110Warner Bros.
8Contraband$52,495-44%420-661$125$65,912,7006Universal
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$50,062-53%275-194$182$207,455,02310Paramount
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$48,648-74%400-102$122$129,921,25810Fox
11Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$46,650-56%184-48$254$22,848,16411Focus
12The Adventures of Tintin$39,728-71%30346$131$76,569,2439Paramount
13Man on a Ledge$38,342-48%401-1022$96$18,489,4974Lionsgate
14War Horse$31,651-54%394-108$80$78,807,1019Disney / DreamWorks
15Albert Nobbs$25,937-45%119-32$218$2,433,6824Roadside Attractions
16My Week with Marilyn$25,901-50%120-5$216$13,720,31513Weinstein Company
17We Bought a Zoo$25,301-71%287-133$88$73,768,3219Fox
18Beauty and the Beast 3D$25,234-76%214-464$118$47,129,6786Disney
19Joyful Noise$18,378-61%340-346$54$30,373,8836Warner Bros.
20Puss in Boots (2011)$15,652-79%163-46$96$149,089,65417Paramount / DreamWorks
21The Darkest Hour$9,033-48%11395$80$21,345,9849Summit
22Happy Feet Two$8,807-74%135-67$65$63,868,44514Warner Bros.
23The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$3,977-52%148-82$27$281,279,96814Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$24,705-53%451$549$16,450,83946Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$14,325-55%98-13$146$1,072,5622UTV Communications
3Shame$9,978-33%44-8$227$3,745,05312Fox Searchlight
4Haywire$7,961-46%79-184$101$18,774,0705Relativity Media
5W.E.$6,370-51%203$319$226,2073Weinstein Company
6Young Adult$4,021-24%8752$46$16,304,32311Paramount
7Coriolanus$3,647-62%132$281$335,1195Weinstein Company
8Undefeated$2,522-72%5--$504$44,7691Weinstein Company
9Pariah (2011)$2,170-54%130$167$694,7858Focus
10The Devil Inside$1,446-41%34-61$43$53,184,6727Paramount
11New Year's Eve$1,231-51%33-122$37$54,541,75611Warner Bros. / New Line
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$858-52%8-2$107$287,6429FilmDistrict
13J. Edgar$354-29%11-31$32$37,305,30415Warner Bros.
14Immortals$262-65%29-4$9$83,503,42315Relativity Media