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 Mon, May. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$18,898,999-67%4,349--$4,346$226,337,7071Disney
2Think Like a Man$653,683-69%2,010-5$325$73,789,2833Sony / Screen Gems
3The Five-Year Engagement$470,560-64%2,9415$160$19,603,5752Universal
4The Hunger Games$424,660-72%2,794-778$152$381,039,3197Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$419,002-65%3,005-170$139$48,194,0623Warner Bros.
6The Pirates! Band of Misfits$271,921-84%3,3580$81$18,937,8622Sony / Columbia
7Safe (2012)$264,963-68%2,2715$117$13,345,8462Lionsgate
8The Raven$264,159-64%2,2096$120$12,440,2842Relativity Media
9Chimpanzee$190,242-76%1,531-36$124$23,292,1313Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$177,731-59%1,669-970$106$38,196,4794Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$102,663-63%1,040-780$99$134,118,4468Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$94,034-83%2,174-931$43$39,763,0494Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$68,480-65%856-1298$80$55,369,5605Universal
2Mirror Mirror$47,023-80%922-1095$51$60,221,5216Relativity Media
3Bully (2012)$42,112-14%2630$160$2,580,1236Weinstein Company
4Titanic 3D$37,048-70%333-1076$111$57,327,5565Paramount
5Wrath of the Titans$34,261-74%715-857$48$81,654,0936Warner Bros.
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,260-75%521-362$60$209,066,12510Universal
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$26,884-59%247-88$109$8,252,0839CBS Films
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$17,174-79%303-98$57$102,290,28613Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lockout$14,635-67%311-948$47$13,909,0094Open Road
10Safe House$9,625-63%175-54$55$126,030,52513Universal
11Act of Valor$8,688-58%193-92$45$69,833,49211Relativity Media
12This Means War$8,127-53%171-61$48$54,492,09412Fox
13A Thousand Words$6,862-67%140-29$49$18,192,6259Paramount
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$6,089-55%143104$43$34,944,12211Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$78,731-65%27--$2,916$815,7821Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$34,240-33%500$685$1,059,2563Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$12,379-27%340$364$18,653,84957Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sound of My Voice$5,519-60%2823$197$109,0692Fox Searchlight
5Casa de mi Padre$3,812-64%6832$56$5,853,0368Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Project X (2012)$3,737-55%72-83$52$54,701,35810Warner Bros.
7Chronicle$3,069-69%78-43$39$64,476,03814Fox
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$2,734-61%47-32$58$4,193,4448Paramount Vantage
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,214-72%30-37$74$1,139,3874Code Black Entertainment
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,957-75%75-36$26$133,032,41021Fox
11Friends With Kids$1,728-52%34-19$51$7,187,0689Roadside Attractions
12The Artist$1,570-68%41-9$38$44,244,43524Weinstein Company
13Coriolanus$1,565-57%184$87$729,24116Weinstein Company
14Undefeated$1,118-43%13-7$86$532,21212Weinstein Company
15Blue Like Jazz$955-67%20-26$48$579,0504Roadside Attractions
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$818-44%17-10$48$43,446,90513Fox
17Touchback$536-73%12-16$45$197,7554Anchor Bay Films
18Red Tails$287-68%12-11$24$49,858,69316Fox
19W.E.$244-77%6-4$41$582,31914Weinstein Company
20Albert Nobbs$13-99%5-11$3$3,013,82515Roadside Attractions