'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 Sun, Apr. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$4,413,742-43%2,0150$2,190$60,472,1992Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$3,305,552-35%3,358--$984$11,137,7341Sony / Columbia
3The Hunger Games$2,854,029-43%3,572-180$799$372,019,0216Lionsgate
4The Five-Year Engagement$2,596,900-43%2,936--$885$10,610,0601Universal
5The Lucky One (2012)$2,283,898-51%3,17520$719$39,409,7192Warner Bros.
6Safe (2012)$2,140,655-32%2,266--$945$7,892,5391Lionsgate
7The Raven$1,823,040-38%2,203--$828$7,289,6421Relativity Media
9The Three Stooges$1,404,652-43%3,105-377$452$36,907,9653Fox
10The Cabin in the Woods$1,187,935-41%2,639-172$450$34,783,3203Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$733,421-46%1,820-607$403$131,937,5727Sony / Columbia
12American Reunion$678,510-48%2,154-879$315$53,471,7354Universal
13Mirror Mirror$630,591-39%2,017-921$313$58,870,3605Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$568,844-36%1,572-930$362$80,524,8195Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$549,312-35%1,409-1106$390$56,280,8754Paramount
16Lockout$247,853-41%1,259-1076$197$13,334,9363Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$251,655-37%883-700$285$208,435,7509Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$149,926-36%401-43$374$101,883,41712Warner Bros. / New Line
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$103,203-51%335-111$308$7,777,8468CBS Films
4Bully (2012)$99,221-25%2630$377$2,123,8695Weinstein Company
5Act of Valor$43,312-36%28556$152$69,681,47110Relativity Media
6Safe House$41,220-46%229-72$180$125,855,85512Universal
7This Means War$36,481-55%232-61$157$54,351,03711Fox
8A Thousand Words$33,333-37%1691$197$18,071,0018Paramount
9The Vow$25,977-52%218-79$119$124,808,53312Sony / Screen Gems
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$23,846-44%127-48$188$51,662,23011Sony / Columbia
12Project X (2012)$21,208-35%155-103$137$54,637,0079Warner Bros.
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$14,897-39%111-24$134$132,990,69120Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$71,727-20%500$1,435$668,1312Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$23,915-34%67-39$357$1,082,2993Code Black Entertainment
3Born to Be Wild 3D$20,608-24%342$606$18,496,71256Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$13,578-51%79-43$172$4,138,1987Paramount Vantage
5Blue Like Jazz$9,631-37%46-80$209$551,7423Roadside Attractions
6Sound of My Voice$7,765-52%5--$1,553$36,1341Fox Searchlight
7Casa de mi Padre$7,369-15%36-22$205$5,812,3107Lionsgate / Pantelion
8The Artist$7,172-50%50-36$143$44,210,85723Weinstein Company
9The Woman in Black$7,011-45%63-27$111$54,322,27313CBS Films
10Friends With Kids$6,373-57%53-30$120$7,154,9548Roadside Attractions
11We Bought a Zoo$6,120-54%52-14$118$75,586,71019Fox
12Touchback$5,872-50%28-41$210$183,3153Anchor Bay Films
13Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5,630-38%27-5$209$43,430,96412Fox
14Coriolanus$4,605-34%140$329$707,28415Weinstein Company
15Red Tails$3,781-48%23-16$164$49,848,19415Fox
16Albert Nobbs$3,13717%161$196$3,009,27614Roadside Attractions
17Undefeated$2,912-41%203$146$519,65411Weinstein Company
18Silent House (2012)$2,487-57%22-37$113$12,750,8968Open Road
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,632-79%39-42$42$34,876,48610Lionsgate
20W.E.$1,396-47%10-5$140$576,02913Weinstein Company