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 Sun, Mar. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$21,404,460-32%3,729--$5,740$70,217,0701Universal
2Project X (2012)$5,298,439-31%3,055--$1,734$21,051,3631Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$3,682,323-39%3,05314$1,206$45,111,9242Relativity Media
4Safe House$1,978,575-43%2,553-499$775$108,355,4254Universal
5Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,937,173-40%3,060-290$633$85,233,8734Warner Bros. / New Line
6Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,811,595-47%2,1320$850$25,791,6932Lionsgate
7The Vow$1,402,822-49%2,826-212$496$111,623,4964Sony / Screen Gems
8Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,297,483-42%2,487-687$522$44,826,3763Sony / Columbia
9This Means War$1,290,112-50%2,342-847$551$41,399,9623Fox
10The Artist$994,382-41%1,756790$566$36,813,98915Weinstein Company
11Wanderlust$980,980-44%2,0020$490$12,484,6552Universal
12Gone$660,429-53%2,1860$302$8,949,8392Summit
13Chronicle$495,840-46%1,054-743$470$60,846,6975Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$478,537-32%1,431-91$334$16,753,0243Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hugo$356,519-40%406-95$878$71,300,19515Paramount
2Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$345,774-35%731-887$473$42,218,7794Fox
3The Descendants$323,070-50%694-195$466$80,392,54316Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$245,970-38%511-11$481$27,006,91310Weinstein Company
5The Woman in Black$244,842-57%812-915$302$52,241,3905CBS Films
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$101,600-41%3143$324$130,804,28112Fox
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$79,925-39%256131$312$102,068,88811Sony / Columbia
8Big Miracle$78,980-44%359-269$220$19,362,1405Universal
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$66,259-51%126-38$526$23,665,41513Focus
10The Grey$66,111-45%308-609$215$50,735,5106Open Road
11We Bought a Zoo$65,027-44%266-14$244$74,406,78211Fox
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$61,802-50%266-67$232$186,271,35112Warner Bros.
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$60,461-43%30323$200$31,516,40411Warner Bros.
14The Adventures of Tintin$54,319-40%215-57$253$77,167,15711Paramount
15Red Tails$49,403-43%249-240$198$49,023,7167Fox
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$37,419-51%107-71$350$208,019,61312Paramount
17My Week with Marilyn$36,383-41%120-282$303$14,340,55115Weinstein Company
18Joyful Noise$31,295-41%202-75$155$30,769,1398Warner Bros.
19Contraband$31,080-45%148-49$210$66,362,0658Universal
20One For the Money$16,221-41%117-112$139$26,060,7546Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$30,370-20%400$759$16,793,00748Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Undefeated$22,569-40%138$1,736$164,0583Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$20,275-30%68-32$298$2,723,0746Roadside Attractions
4Underworld Awakening$20,003-40%79-181$253$62,321,0397Sony / Screen Gems
5Happy Feet Two$16,054-18%850$189$63,992,32816Warner Bros.
6W.E.$14,027-27%194$738$327,5085Weinstein Company
7Being Flynn$11,652-41%4--$2,913$43,9901Focus
8Coriolanus$10,826-37%146$773$410,2667Weinstein Company
9Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$9,738-33%26-22$375$155,2472UTV Communications
10Shame$9,302-28%22-3$423$3,856,51614Fox Searchlight
11Paan Singh Tomar$6,863-29%10--$686$20,5681UTV Communications
12Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$2,977-44%25-10$119$1,150,1304UTV Communications
13Pariah (2011)$2,692-52%130$207$730,36210Focus
14Haywire$2,014-60%32-5$63$18,852,9517Relativity Media
15In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,949-24%84$244$301,30511FilmDistrict
16The Devil Inside$1,473-33%17-8$87$53,201,7159Paramount