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 Wed, Mar. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,126,450-20%3,74617$835$132,194,0102Universal
2John Carter$2,038,339-27%3,749--$544$37,553,5951Disney
3Project X (2012)$941,131-28%3,0550$308$43,158,4812Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$592,448-19%2,951-102$201$58,090,3073Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$483,624-26%1,890--$256$7,837,7911Paramount
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$444,316-27%2,525-535$176$92,113,3975Warner Bros. / New Line
7Safe House$438,450-20%2,144-409$205$117,041,7955Universal
8Silent House (2012)$407,023-25%2,124--$192$8,095,7311Open Road
9The Vow$372,137-21%2,478-348$150$118,659,8645Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$351,252-17%1,949-393$180$48,016,8994Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$201,493-20%1,516-616$133$31,136,6803Lionsgate
12Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$194,049-12%1,804-683$108$48,674,4444Sony / Columbia
13The Artist$191,870-21%1,505-251$127$40,856,83916Weinstein Company
14Wanderlust$157,990-26%1,220-782$130$16,053,8953Universal
15Gone$81,289-26%1,144-1042$71$10,998,3613Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$168,961-18%369--$458$2,555,7791Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$96,017-8%595-459$161$62,568,4236Fox
3The Iron Lady$59,857-22%447-64$134$28,123,67111Weinstein Company
4The Descendants$57,936-24%517-177$112$81,664,48317Fox Searchlight
5Hugo$53,302-23%313-93$170$72,446,06616Paramount
6The Secret World of Arrietty$48,713-7%501-930$97$17,720,3954Disney
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$46,438-6%287-27$162$131,323,39713Fox
8The Woman in Black$45,634-14%433-379$105$53,179,5826CBS Films
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$34,795-17%229122$152$208,506,42213Paramount
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$29,795-3%258-473$115$42,935,1355Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$24,700-15%153-62$161$77,459,12412Paramount
12Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$22,9347%109-17$210$23,982,04114Focus
13We Bought a Zoo$22,197-18%228-38$97$74,741,77612Fox
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$16,528-10%208-58$79$186,573,40213Warner Bros.
15Big Miracle$15,550-13%238-121$65$19,642,5006Universal
16The Grey$13,888-13%151-157$92$51,002,9787Open Road
17Red Tails$11,8470%178-71$67$49,377,2658Fox
18Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,982-15%202-101$54$31,745,47512Warner Bros.
19Contraband$9,475-6%119-29$80$66,517,9409Universal
20My Week with Marilyn$9,014-39%1200$75$14,518,97716Weinstein Company
21Joyful Noise$4,936-19%103-99$48$30,883,7229Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$32,8174%400$820$17,094,89849Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$20,224-11%18--$1,124$287,8561CBS Films
3Undefeated$6,64210%130$511$272,6314Weinstein Company
4Coriolanus$5,8815%195$310$491,6038Weinstein Company
5Albert Nobbs$5,2471%45-23$117$2,808,1117Roadside Attractions
6Haywire$5,037-17%8250$61$18,914,7468Relativity Media
7W.E.$4,88618%245$204$397,8646Weinstein Company
8Being Flynn$3,880-12%128$323$115,3732Focus
9Shame$3,68212%20-2$184$3,905,59315Fox Searchlight
10One For the Money$3,436-1%64-53$54$26,129,6287Lionsgate
11Pariah (2011)$3,05835%196$161$766,24311Focus
12Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,212-5%10-16$121$175,1273UTV Communications
13Paan Singh Tomar$292-39%5-5$58$34,9112UTV Communications
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$158-65%4-21$40$1,154,1245UTV Communications
15The Devil Inside$111-44%10-7$11$53,206,23110Paramount