'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, Mar. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1John Carter$9,811,935--3,749--$2,617$9,811,9351Disney
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$9,571,030231%3,74617$2,555$92,449,8602Universal
3Project X (2012)$3,988,342149%3,0550$1,306$32,563,3372Warner Bros.
4Silent House (2012)$2,664,094--2,124--$1,254$2,664,0941Open Road
5Act of Valor$2,008,533117%2,951-102$681$51,109,1303Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$1,913,397--1,890--$1,012$1,913,3971Paramount
7Safe House$1,339,835128%2,144-409$625$112,143,6505Universal
8The Vow$1,266,385155%2,478-348$511$114,880,1315Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$1,220,791176%1,949-393$626$44,360,1414Fox
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$874,20680%2,525-535$346$87,904,8175Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$815,936110%1,516-616$538$28,358,3853Lionsgate
12The Artist$573,40578%1,505-251$381$38,728,42816Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$524,12770%1,804-683$291$46,624,2744Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$595,349--369--$1,613$595,3491Roadside Attractions
3The Descendants$181,43292%517-177$351$80,959,19417Fox Searchlight
4The Woman in Black$156,448114%433-379$361$52,696,6946CBS Films
5The Iron Lady$152,56280%447-64$341$27,516,37911Weinstein Company
7Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$87,440374%229122$382$208,171,20613Paramount
8The Secret World of Arrietty$82,408-23%501-930$164$17,237,6764Disney
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$73,863-7%258-473$286$42,578,0365Fox
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$70,233173%287-27$245$130,970,57413Fox
11We Bought a Zoo$50,796157%228-38$223$74,532,45212Fox
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$49,728102%208-58$239$186,414,90113Warner Bros.
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$48,185--211-45$228$102,238,74312Sony / Columbia
14Big Miracle$44,050126%238-121$185$19,485,1556Universal
15Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$42,82097%109-17$393$23,792,47014Focus
16Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$34,78869%202-101$172$31,630,90312Warner Bros.
17The Grey$33,24225%151-157$220$50,869,5437Open Road
18Red Tails$33,23184%178-71$187$49,261,2188Fox
19The Adventures of Tintin$33,22156%153-62$217$77,276,95712Paramount
21My Week with Marilyn$18,11918%1200$151$14,423,74916Weinstein Company
22Joyful Noise$16,71364%103-99$162$30,825,8679Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$57,890--18--$3,216$225,8941CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$40,69947%400$1,017$16,926,60249Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$13,901280%195$732$438,8688Weinstein Company
4Undefeated$13,812127%130$1,062$210,6224Weinstein Company
5Haywire$12,0671397%8250$147$18,868,8778Relativity Media
6Being Flynn$11,995289%128$1,000$70,4102Focus
7One For the Money$11,21871%64-53$175$26,095,7467Lionsgate
8Albert Nobbs$9,99538%45-23$222$2,763,0477Roadside Attractions
9W.E.$8,75753%245$365$358,1506Weinstein Company
10Pariah (2011)$6,721255%196$354$742,81611Focus
11Shame$6,42938%20-2$321$3,880,26715Fox Searchlight
12Paan Singh Tomar$2,03236%5-5$406$28,3572UTV Communications
13Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,045-45%10-16$105$166,6423UTV Communications
14The Devil Inside$9098%10-7$91$53,204,42910Paramount
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$23581%4-21$59$1,152,0515UTV Communications