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 Thu, May. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$941,884-8%2,0150$467$65,029,4342Sony / Screen Gems
2The Five-Year Engagement$719,320-13%2,936--$245$14,103,9051Universal
3The Hunger Games$709,5430%3,572-180$199$375,026,9986Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$671,232-2%3,17520$211$42,406,9452Warner Bros.
5Safe (2012)$477,018-14%2,266--$211$10,403,7581Lionsgate
6The Raven$443,313-14%2,203--$201$9,539,3451Relativity Media
7Chimpanzee$443,28417%1,5674$283$20,617,4332Disneynature
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$431,757-7%3,358--$129$13,163,4591Sony / Columbia
9The Cabin in the Woods$349,176-13%2,639-172$132$36,453,9433Lionsgate
1021 Jump Street$210,649-11%1,820-607$116$132,934,6837Sony / Columbia
11American Reunion$204,630-14%2,154-879$95$54,483,6104Universal
12The Three Stooges$202,585-5%3,105-377$65$37,836,6823Fox
13Titanic 3D$157,6475%1,409-1106$112$56,925,1744Paramount
14Wrath of the Titans$129,111-13%1,572-930$82$81,159,6425Warner Bros.
15Mirror Mirror$127,627-1%2,017-921$63$59,428,2515Relativity Media
16Lockout$71,631-8%1,259-1076$57$13,674,9203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$83,75444%2630$318$2,366,8775Weinstein Company
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$47,4223%335-111$142$7,958,9928CBS Films
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$39,445-1%883-700$45$208,607,6459Universal
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$23,6477%401-43$59$101,986,09512Warner Bros. / New Line
5Act of Valor$16,5011%28556$58$69,750,57610Relativity Media
6Safe House$13,685-8%229-72$60$125,914,15012Universal
7This Means War$12,2743%232-61$53$54,400,67711Fox
8A Thousand Words$8,7634%1691$52$18,108,6048Paramount
9Project X (2012)$7,118-2%155-103$46$54,667,5709Warner Bros.
10Chronicle$6,0633%121-16$50$64,440,77013Fox
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,6704%111-24$33$133,005,38720Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$55,15828%500$1,103$836,9392Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$21,5115%342$633$18,570,58656Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$6,70716%67-39$100$1,109,5563Code Black Entertainment
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,2633%79-43$79$4,163,6757Paramount Vantage
5The Artist$4,3515%50-36$87$44,227,49523Weinstein Company
6Friends With Kids$4,1256%53-30$78$7,169,2378Roadside Attractions
7Blue Like Jazz$4,0365%46-80$88$567,8503Roadside Attractions
8Sound of My Voice$2,625-20%5--$525$49,2541Fox Searchlight
9The Woman in Black$2,58410%63-27$41$54,333,29013CBS Films
10We Bought a Zoo$2,007-3%52-14$39$75,594,88819Fox
11Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,00217%27-5$74$43,439,10912Fox
12Coriolanus$1,9476%140$139$714,67215Weinstein Company
13Undefeated$1,57611%203$79$524,46911Weinstein Company
14Red Tails$1,56126%23-16$68$49,853,97415Fox
15Touchback$1,514-14%28-41$54$189,7973Anchor Bay Films
16Casa de mi Padre$1,436-17%36-22$40$5,818,9947Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Silent House (2012)$950-5%22-37$43$12,754,7838Open Road
18W.E.$723-30%10-5$72$579,41113Weinstein Company
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$718-12%39-42$18$34,879,71410Lionsgate
20Albert Nobbs$264-61%161$17$3,011,20414Roadside Attractions