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. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,916,05014%3,74617$1,045$129,067,5602Universal
2John Carter$2,800,94811%3,749--$747$35,515,2561Disney
3Project X (2012)$1,312,06010%3,0550$429$42,217,3502Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$734,3569%2,951-102$249$57,497,8593Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$652,52324%1,890--$345$7,354,1671Paramount
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$606,00644%2,525-535$240$91,669,0815Warner Bros. / New Line
7Safe House$546,72021%2,144-409$255$116,603,3455Universal
8Silent House (2012)$539,46111%2,124--$254$7,688,7081Open Road
9The Vow$473,90333%2,478-348$191$118,287,7275Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$423,71022%1,949-393$217$47,665,6474Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$252,0607%1,516-616$166$30,935,1873Lionsgate
12The Artist$241,66428%1,505-251$161$40,664,96916Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$221,71015%1,804-683$123$48,480,3954Sony / Columbia
14Wanderlust$214,05030%1,220-782$175$15,895,9053Universal
15Gone$110,44439%1,144-1042$97$10,917,0813Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$206,20428%369--$559$2,386,8181Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$104,6454%595-459$176$62,472,4066Fox
3The Iron Lady$76,41737%447-64$171$28,063,81411Weinstein Company
4The Descendants$75,73935%517-177$146$81,586,54717Fox Searchlight
5Hugo$68,93326%313-93$220$72,392,76416Paramount
6The Woman in Black$52,9016%433-379$122$53,133,9486CBS Films
7The Secret World of Arrietty$52,59514%501-930$105$17,671,6824Disney
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$49,51524%287-27$173$131,276,95913Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$41,81919%229122$183$208,471,62713Paramount
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$30,8317%258-473$120$42,905,3405Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$29,18642%153-62$191$77,434,42412Paramount
12We Bought a Zoo$27,10120%228-38$119$74,719,57912Fox
13Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$21,45134%109-17$197$23,959,64714Focus
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$18,34621%208-58$88$186,556,87413Warner Bros.
15Big Miracle$17,90525%238-121$75$19,626,9506Universal
16The Grey$15,96422%151-157$106$50,989,0907Open Road
17My Week with Marilyn$14,68264%1200$122$14,509,96316Weinstein Company
18Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$12,96724%202-101$64$31,734,49312Warner Bros.
19Red Tails$11,79013%178-71$66$49,365,4188Fox
20Contraband$10,11513%119-29$85$66,508,4659Universal
21Joyful Noise$6,06721%103-99$59$30,878,7869Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$31,65040%400$791$17,062,08149Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$22,84821%18--$1,269$267,6321CBS Films
3Haywire$6,06211%8250$74$18,909,7098Relativity Media
4Undefeated$6,0208%130$463$265,9894Weinstein Company
5Coriolanus$5,6095%195$295$485,7228Weinstein Company
6Albert Nobbs$5,189-17%45-23$115$2,802,8647Roadside Attractions
7Being Flynn$4,4208%128$368$111,4932Focus
8W.E.$4,1446%245$173$392,9786Weinstein Company
9One For the Money$3,45717%64-53$54$26,126,1927Lionsgate
10Shame$3,28730%20-2$164$3,901,91115Fox Searchlight
11Pariah (2011)$2,267-24%196$119$763,36511Focus
12Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,27347%10-16$127$173,9153UTV Communications
13Paan Singh Tomar$481114%5-5$96$34,6192UTV Communications
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$456204%4-21$114$1,153,9665UTV Communications
15The Devil Inside$19923%10-7$20$53,206,12010Paramount