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 Sat, Apr. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$13,165,0549%2,015--$6,534$25,290,8881Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$8,561,095-6%3,155--$2,714$17,666,7021Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$6,500,06862%3,752-164$1,732$352,914,7605Lionsgate
4The Three Stooges$4,321,22685%3,4825$1,241$26,812,7842Fox
5Chimpanzee$3,743,6426%1,563--$2,395$7,290,6811Disneynature
6The Cabin in the Woods$3,357,49735%2,8110$1,194$25,073,6852Lionsgate
7American Reunion$2,335,41040%3,033-170$770$47,047,3203Universal
8Titanic 3D$2,160,47254%2,515-182$859$51,389,8983Paramount
921 Jump Street$2,067,18348%2,427-308$852$125,929,7436Sony / Columbia
10Mirror Mirror$1,946,43675%2,938-268$663$54,150,1124Relativity Media
11Wrath of the Titans$1,712,50365%2,502-600$684$76,062,5534Warner Bros.
12Lockout$1,367,35145%2,33527$586$10,276,9472Open Road
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$838,990112%1,583-529$530$206,488,0058Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$326,48886%44611$732$6,890,8787CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$279,50195%444-58$630$101,051,81411Warner Bros. / New Line
3Bully (2012)$205,60943%263105$782$1,373,8814Weinstein Company
4Safe House$106,85561%301-70$355$125,550,09011Universal
5This Means War$93,83132%29310$320$54,066,57710Fox
6The Vow$84,61919%297-38$285$124,577,82611Sony / Screen Gems
7Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$71,60864%1064$676$893,2172Code Black Entertainment
8Act of Valor$60,39469%229-123$264$69,437,2849Relativity Media
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$59,97691%175-41$343$51,503,62910Sony / Columbia
10Jeff Who Lives at Home$58,23465%122-61$477$3,994,1566Paramount Vantage
11Blue Like Jazz$51,37411%126-10$408$435,4202Roadside Attractions
12Project X (2012)$51,21037%258113$198$54,455,0778Warner Bros.
13Chronicle$45,48062%137-28$332$64,278,61712Fox
14The Iron Lady$33,47972%102-44$328$29,940,95417Weinstein Company
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$32,516113%135-18$241$132,901,16419Fox
16A Thousand Words$30,92897%168-109$184$17,919,9637Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$106,70042%50--$2,134$181,7351Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Friends With Kids$32,31059%83-30$389$7,070,8897Roadside Attractions
3Born to Be Wild 3D$27,200-29%32-8$850$18,307,32355Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Artist$25,21964%86-35$293$44,139,46022Weinstein Company
5Touchback$22,3462%6919$324$127,4452Anchor Bay Films
6The Woman in Black$20,47728%90-32$228$54,268,96612CBS Films
7Silent House (2012)$18,3818%590$312$12,719,2307Open Road
8Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$17,95593%81-44$222$34,845,4669Lionsgate
9We Bought a Zoo$17,01693%66-17$258$75,538,88618Fox
10Casa de mi Padre$15,05938%58-63$260$5,761,2866Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$10,69884%32-1$334$43,394,80011Fox
12Red Tails$8,97650%39-4$230$49,821,61614Fox
13W.E.$4,896102%15-2$326$561,36812Weinstein Company
14Undefeated$4,73138%170$278$502,76110Weinstein Company
15Coriolanus$4,47358%14-4$320$682,88614Weinstein Company
16Albert Nobbs$3,493266%153$233$2,997,03513Roadside Attractions