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. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$1,435,660-2%3,1212$460$86,696,5602Universal
2The Vow$1,351,3497%2,9580$457$93,007,3432Sony / Screen Gems
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,262,1665%3,50030$361$63,256,3512Warner Bros. / New Line
4This Means War$1,075,2175%3,189--$337$25,070,6361Fox
5Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$993,339-5%3,174--$313$29,032,0821Sony / Columbia
6Chronicle$500,4431%2,556-352$196$54,299,9273Fox
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$464,8406%2,6550$175$37,269,6302Fox
8The Secret World of Arrietty$444,1196%1,522--$292$10,157,8051Disney
9The Woman in Black$418,5005%2,559-297$164$47,729,1963CBS Films
10The Descendants$264,27019%1,243-338$213$76,326,69314Fox Searchlight
11The Grey$244,0104%2,107-694$116$49,378,8064Open Road
12Big Miracle$187,9105%1,634-499$115$18,234,7753Universal
13Red Tails$124,07517%1,009-571$123$48,233,0855Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$283,73416%8080$351$28,873,79913Weinstein Company
2Hugo$184,15510%558-144$330$67,843,94413Paramount
3The Iron Lady$123,2969%623111$198$25,026,5978Weinstein Company
4Underworld Awakening$100,9535%826-831$122$61,906,9465Sony / Screen Gems
5One For the Money$72,24217%933-1123$77$25,813,4694Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$62,4325%577-798$108$30,956,9849Warner Bros.
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$49,0493%403138$122$185,538,61810Warner Bros.
8Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$46,99219%184-48$255$22,934,57711Focus
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$46,14415%400-102$115$130,007,51010Fox
10Contraband$44,2250%420-661$105$66,001,0106Universal
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$39,5501%275-194$144$207,533,80010Paramount
12War Horse$30,63810%394-108$78$78,865,6329Disney / DreamWorks
13The Adventures of Tintin$29,1543%30346$96$76,626,7549Paramount
14Man on a Ledge$28,213-1%401-1022$70$18,546,2754Lionsgate
15My Week with Marilyn$25,7519%120-5$215$13,769,69213Weinstein Company
16Albert Nobbs$24,7647%119-32$208$2,481,5774Roadside Attractions
17Beauty and the Beast 3D$23,8173%214-464$111$47,173,7296Disney
18We Bought a Zoo$23,35418%287-133$81$73,811,5269Fox
19Joyful Noise$15,23412%340-346$45$30,402,7196Warner Bros.
20Puss in Boots (2011)$14,4754%163-46$89$149,118,02217Paramount / DreamWorks
21The Darkest Hour$7,348-7%11395$65$21,361,2379Summit
22Happy Feet Two$7,3065%135-67$54$63,882,70914Warner Bros.
23The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$3,91320%148-82$26$281,287,13314Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$32,17729%451$715$16,507,94446Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$10,45712%44-8$238$3,764,82312Fox Searchlight
3Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$8,680-11%98-13$89$1,090,9762UTV Communications
4Haywire$6,6163%79-184$84$18,787,0945Relativity Media
5W.E.$5,491-8%203$275$237,6493Weinstein Company
6Coriolanus$4,0422%132$311$343,1375Weinstein Company
7Young Adult$3,528-5%8752$41$16,311,57111Paramount
8Undefeated$3,0500%5--$610$50,8821Weinstein Company
9Pariah (2011)$2,551-2%130$196$699,9468Focus
10New Year's Eve$1,57821%33-122$48$54,544,63811Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Devil Inside$1,076-5%34-61$32$53,186,8767Paramount
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$83639%8-2$105$289,0789FilmDistrict
13J. Edgar$39620%11-31$36$37,306,03015Warner Bros.
14Immortals$31614%29-4$11$83,504,01715Relativity Media