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, Apr. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,332,029-15%3,916-221$340$340,961,2824Lionsgate
2The Cabin in the Woods$1,002,184-23%2,811--$357$18,245,7131Lionsgate
3American Reunion$736,690-27%3,20311$230$42,291,0552Universal
4The Three Stooges$708,003-25%3,477--$204$19,463,6881Fox
5Titanic 3D$704,922-21%2,69723$261$47,122,8622Paramount
621 Jump Street$488,269-20%2,735-274$179$121,941,5405Sony / Columbia
7Wrath of the Titans$472,119-19%3,102-443$152$72,824,4783Warner Bros.
8Mirror Mirror$426,467-15%3,206-412$133$50,647,5383Relativity Media
9Lockout$385,460-25%2,308--$167$7,588,0681Open Road
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$179,605-6%2,112-891$85$205,063,1207Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$89,4018%435-89$206$6,304,9306CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$52,671-6%158152$333$968,0553Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$35,458-28%502-149$71$100,591,67610Warner Bros. / New Line
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$30,845-11%102--$302$749,0421Code Black Entertainment
5John Carter$27,012-18%446-569$61$68,834,7676Disney
6Blue Like Jazz$22,86537%136--$168$319,1761Roadside Attractions
7Safe House$22,345-25%371-111$60$125,351,04010Universal
8Act of Valor$20,389-1%352-356$58$69,317,9658Relativity Media
9Jeff Who Lives at Home$18,874-13%183-264$103$3,881,9215Paramount Vantage
10This Means War$16,917-15%283-38$60$53,882,3879Fox
11The Artist$13,684-1%121-101$113$44,086,30521Weinstein Company
12The Iron Lady$13,560-5%146-90$93$29,874,76116Weinstein Company
13Friends With Kids$11,524-24%113-94$102$7,006,1056Roadside Attractions
14A Thousand Words$11,124-12%277-230$40$17,862,7176Paramount
15Chronicle$9,695-3%1653$59$64,195,17311Fox
16Project X (2012)$8,042-30%145-299$55$54,359,2497Warner Bros.
17Casa de mi Padre$7,284-6%121-162$60$5,726,4645Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,5322%153-42$43$132,847,46618Fox
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$4,857-12%125-79$39$34,813,5918Lionsgate
20The Woman in Black$4,827-6%122-37$40$54,227,59011CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$25,9440%400$649$18,214,34654Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Silent House (2012)$4,207-14%59-155$71$12,680,0136Open Road
3We Bought a Zoo$3,948-5%83-16$48$75,509,08117Fox
4Touchback$3,497-20%50--$70$79,2801Anchor Bay Films
5The Descendants$3,049-8%41-37$74$82,580,72522Fox Searchlight
6Coriolanus$2,4927%181$138$672,93513Weinstein Company
7Albert Nobbs$2,07719%12-18$173$2,992,21312Roadside Attractions
8The Grey$2,066-20%13-54$159$51,578,13312Open Road
9W.E.$2,065-4%17-4$121$552,34011Weinstein Company
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,062-10%33-12$62$43,375,97110Fox
11Red Tails$1,956-7%43-12$45$49,804,48113Fox
12Undefeated$1,46711%172$86$492,0359Weinstein Company