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, May. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$17,677,190-6%4,349--$4,065$244,014,8971Disney
2Think Like a Man$709,3589%2,010-5$353$74,498,6413Sony / Screen Gems
3The Five-Year Engagement$676,43044%2,9415$230$20,280,0052Universal
4The Lucky One (2012)$588,36540%3,005-170$196$48,782,4273Warner Bros.
5The Hunger Games$535,33126%2,794-778$192$381,574,6507Lionsgate
6Safe (2012)$377,15542%2,2715$166$13,723,0012Lionsgate
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$357,25631%3,3580$106$19,295,1182Sony / Columbia
8The Raven$343,94430%2,2096$156$12,784,2282Relativity Media
9Chimpanzee$248,08030%1,531-36$162$23,540,2113Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$209,99518%1,669-970$126$38,406,4744Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$138,94135%1,040-780$134$134,257,3878Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$122,65530%2,174-931$56$39,885,7044Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$102,72050%856-1298$120$55,472,2805Universal
2Mirror Mirror$62,96234%922-1095$68$60,284,4836Relativity Media
3Bully (2012)$51,99723%2630$198$2,632,1206Weinstein Company
4Titanic 3D$44,66721%333-1076$134$57,372,2235Paramount
5Wrath of the Titans$42,82625%715-857$60$81,696,9196Warner Bros.
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$33,8658%521-362$65$209,099,99010Universal
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$33,47325%247-88$136$8,285,5569CBS Films
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$20,95222%303-98$69$102,311,23813Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lockout$15,5917%311-948$50$13,924,6004Open Road
10Safe House$11,37518%175-54$65$126,041,90013Universal
11Act of Valor$10,27318%193-92$53$69,843,76511Relativity Media
12This Means War$9,26914%171-61$54$54,501,36312Fox
13A Thousand Words$7,92616%140-29$57$18,200,5519Paramount
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$7,71827%143104$54$34,951,84011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$86,84110%27--$3,216$902,6231Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$44,03029%500$881$1,103,2863Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$17,29340%340$509$18,671,14257Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sound of My Voice$7,05428%2823$252$116,1232Fox Searchlight
5Casa de mi Padre$4,1278%6832$61$5,857,1638Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Chronicle$3,60617%78-43$46$64,479,64414Fox
7Project X (2012)$3,588-4%72-83$50$54,704,94610Warner Bros.
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$3,43926%47-32$73$4,196,8838Paramount Vantage
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,68221%30-37$89$1,142,0694Code Black Entertainment
10Friends With Kids$2,42440%34-19$71$7,189,4929Roadside Attractions
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,0555%75-36$27$133,034,46521Fox
12The Artist$1,82616%41-9$45$44,246,26124Weinstein Company
13Coriolanus$1,488-5%184$83$730,72916Weinstein Company
14Blue Like Jazz$1,43550%20-26$72$580,4854Roadside Attractions
15Undefeated$958-14%13-7$74$533,17012Weinstein Company
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$8261%17-10$49$43,447,73113Fox
17W.E.$489100%6-4$82$582,80814Weinstein Company
18Touchback$486-9%12-16$41$198,2414Anchor Bay Films
19Red Tails$38434%12-11$32$49,859,07716Fox
20Albert Nobbs$2054%5-11$4$3,013,84515Roadside Attractions