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, Apr. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$2,623,742-5%2,015--$1,302$39,022,6721Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$1,868,35529%3,155--$592$25,835,1661Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$1,143,34913%3,752-164$305$359,219,0195Lionsgate
4The Cabin in the Woods$870,70120%2,8110$310$28,839,9772Lionsgate
5Chimpanzee$821,5029%1,563--$526$12,247,4031Disneynature
6American Reunion$636,93031%3,033-170$210$49,640,2803Universal
7The Three Stooges$549,34320%3,4825$158$30,926,1612Fox
821 Jump Street$492,04621%2,427-308$203$128,114,4346Sony / Columbia
9Titanic 3D$431,61818%2,515-182$172$53,658,9503Paramount
10Wrath of the Titans$372,23917%2,502-600$149$77,924,3864Warner Bros.
11Lockout$350,74523%2,33527$150$11,854,5662Open Road
12Mirror Mirror$326,70128%2,938-268$111$56,082,2294Relativity Media
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$118,7257%1,583-529$75$207,382,5758Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$71,66826%44611$161$7,205,9347CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$69,32035%263105$264$1,658,2134Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$38,94031%444-58$88$101,307,65311Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$22,57515%301-70$75$125,649,42011Universal
5Project X (2012)$17,91115%258113$69$54,527,4158Warner Bros.
6This Means War$17,50224%29310$60$54,142,61710Fox
7Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$16,2565%1064$153$968,3152Code Black Entertainment
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$14,64530%122-61$120$4,055,5816Paramount Vantage
9Act of Valor$13,36316%229-123$58$69,497,3949Relativity Media
10The Iron Lady$12,11942%102-44$119$29,980,10117Weinstein Company
11Blue Like Jazz$11,3728%126-10$90$489,9772Roadside Attractions
12Chronicle$8,5735%137-28$63$64,323,54312Fox
13A Thousand Words$5,01519%168-109$30$17,946,1257Paramount
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,492-1%135-18$33$132,932,54919Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$40,28619%50--$806$344,2471Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$21,95860%32-8$686$18,366,45655Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Friends With Kids$10,34053%83-30$125$7,107,0757Roadside Attractions
4The Artist$7,69333%86-35$89$44,167,98722Weinstein Company
5Silent House (2012)$4,20134%590$71$12,733,8997Open Road
6Casa de mi Padre$4,014-2%58-63$69$5,783,0526Lionsgate / Pantelion
7The Woman in Black$3,71411%90-32$41$54,286,75612CBS Films
8Touchback$3,541-13%6919$51$149,0892Anchor Bay Films
9We Bought a Zoo$3,015-1%66-17$46$75,554,29218Fox
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,72947%32-1$85$43,406,68311Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$2,1136%81-44$26$34,857,6099Lionsgate
12Red Tails$2,06443%39-4$53$49,829,23114Fox
13W.E.$1,51246%15-2$101$567,23412Weinstein Company
14Coriolanus$1,308-8%14-4$93$688,88114Weinstein Company
15Albert Nobbs$1,02383%153$68$2,999,81813Roadside Attractions
16Undefeated$7862%170$46$506,50610Weinstein Company