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, Mar. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,674,9105%3,729--$985$77,377,7301Universal
2Project X (2012)$2,235,1585%3,055--$732$25,405,7341Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$1,142,80211%3,05314$374$47,283,7672Relativity Media
4Safe House$700,85017%2,553-499$275$109,654,9654Universal
5The Vow$601,48238%2,826-212$213$112,660,1914Sony / Screen Gems
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$554,28247%3,060-290$181$86,165,2724Warner Bros. / New Line
7This Means War$505,72831%2,342-847$216$42,291,7483Fox
8Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$503,4315%2,1320$236$26,775,1282Lionsgate
9Wanderlust$419,49036%2,0020$210$13,213,4702Universal
10The Artist$395,09031%1,756790$225$37,511,66415Weinstein Company
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$372,07819%2,487-687$150$45,510,1743Sony / Columbia
12Gone$284,39946%2,1860$130$9,429,2712Summit
13Chronicle$140,7527%1,054-743$134$61,119,4125Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$109,44514%1,431-91$76$16,958,3493Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$109,47825%694-195$158$80,589,27416Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$107,95926%406-95$266$71,494,15915Paramount
3The Iron Lady$107,47344%511-11$210$27,189,14710Weinstein Company
4The Woman in Black$82,22011%812-915$101$52,397,7975CBS Films
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$72,6283%731-887$99$42,361,8084Fox
6The Grey$28,51613%308-609$93$50,786,2626Open Road
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$26,72227%3143$85$130,851,99712Fox
8Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$25,39320%266-67$95$186,317,97512Warner Bros.
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$23,59328%126-38$187$23,707,44513Focus
10Big Miracle$23,16528%359-269$65$19,403,4105Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$22,77229%30323$75$31,556,82911Warner Bros.
12The Adventures of Tintin$22,03031%215-57$102$77,205,97511Paramount
13We Bought a Zoo$21,30727%266-14$80$74,444,93111Fox
14Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$19,11139%107-71$179$208,052,51312Paramount
15My Week with Marilyn$18,40436%120-282$153$14,372,52015Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$16,78118%249-240$67$49,054,7217Fox
17Contraband$13,99026%148-49$95$66,387,1558Universal
18Joyful Noise$11,98741%202-75$59$30,789,6288Warner Bros.
19One For the Money$6,37729%117-112$55$26,072,0886Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$18,9962%400$475$16,830,54248Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Undefeated$13,221107%138$1,017$183,6613Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$8,09028%68-32$119$2,737,4766Roadside Attractions
4W.E.$5,6257%194$296$338,4135Weinstein Company
5Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$4,288146%26-22$165$161,2792UTV Communications
6Coriolanus$4,26835%146$305$417,7037Weinstein Company
7Happy Feet Two$4,18316%850$49$64,000,10616Warner Bros.
8Shame$4,15947%22-3$189$3,863,49914Fox Searchlight
9Being Flynn$3,82110%4--$955$51,2711Focus
10Paan Singh Tomar$1,31747%10--$132$22,7811UTV Communications
11Pariah (2011)$1,2328%130$95$732,73010Focus
12Haywire$1,13616%32-5$36$18,855,0707Relativity Media
13Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$75077%25-10$30$1,151,3044UTV Communications
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$64417%84$81$302,50111FilmDistrict
15The Devil Inside$203-41%17-8$12$53,202,2609Paramount