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 Mon, Apr. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$4,522,495-70%4,1370$1,093$253,006,3962Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$2,573,324-69%3,545--$726$36,030,5121Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$1,530,131-68%3,603--$425$19,662,2161Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$1,341,547-66%3,14827$426$94,224,2373Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$800,565-63%3,264-413$245$190,133,0105Universal
6John Carter$205,261-65%2,397-815$86$66,439,1004Disney
7Act of Valor$101,073-62%1,239-980$82$67,846,4736Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$89,772-62%1,007-780$89$16,597,8404Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$100,704-70%483359$208$3,270,3264CBS Films
2Project X (2012)$88,472-56%903-1162$98$53,442,4845Warner Bros.
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$79,099-66%908-432$87$98,534,6948Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$62,900-64%513259$123$2,754,9303Paramount Vantage
5Safe House$61,965-69%729-601$85$123,943,7458Universal
6Casa de mi Padre$55,795-71%439-36$127$5,066,8503Lionsgate / Pantelion
7This Means War$36,444-60%575-613$63$53,113,3787Fox
8Friends With Kids$34,410-70%306-252$112$6,360,3114Roadside Attractions
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$33,662-41%222-26$152$132,383,63916Fox
10The Vow$29,697-61%514-744$58$123,503,1538Sony / Screen Gems
11The Artist$25,264-66%315-261$80$43,571,63619Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$24,416-65%321-300$76$34,426,1536Lionsgate
13The Iron Lady$20,455-60%284-43$72$29,435,18214Weinstein Company
14Chronicle$15,443-61%198-94$78$63,774,6119Fox
15We Bought a Zoo$14,987-47%136-19$110$75,294,50915Fox
16Silent House (2012)$14,387-61%325-877$44$12,386,4364Open Road
17Hugo$12,873-67%174-109$74$73,701,13719Paramount
18The Woman in Black$12,510-65%179-1$70$53,959,4999CBS Films
19Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$11,036-56%150-50$74$209,250,71516Paramount
20Big Miracle$8,495-67%170-54$50$20,122,4609Universal
21The Descendants$7,819-63%118-81$66$82,444,39720Fox Searchlight
22The Grey$6,587-64%2040$32$51,481,75910Open Road
23Red Tails$6,522-57%101-30$65$49,709,86411Fox
24Wanderlust$6,380-62%116-119$55$17,262,0556Universal
25One For the Money$3,657-61%102-49$36$26,374,10510Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$20,457-34%400$511$17,684,62052Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$9,340-77%5--$1,868$125,8121Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$4,760-37%29-15$164$2,941,24210Roadside Attractions
4Being Flynn$3,779-67%40-33$94$483,8045Focus
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,428-53%30-44$114$43,275,0158Fox
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$3,228-62%55-31$59$186,833,89716Warner Bros.
7W.E.$2,278-61%213$108$493,0699Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$2,222-59%16-3$139$601,86711Weinstein Company
9Undefeated$2,014-78%16-1$126$426,2967Weinstein Company
10Gone$1,965-57%61-122$32$11,588,7816Summit
11My Week with Marilyn$577-66%12-32$48$14,597,98219Weinstein Company