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 Wed, May. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$13,612,910-23%4,349--$3,130$257,627,8071Disney
2Think Like a Man$555,668-22%2,010-5$276$75,054,3093Sony / Screen Gems
3The Five-Year Engagement$529,380-22%2,9415$180$20,809,3852Universal
4The Hunger Games$461,344-14%2,794-778$165$382,035,9947Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$457,210-22%3,005-170$152$49,239,6373Warner Bros.
6The Pirates! Band of Misfits$303,199-15%3,3580$90$19,598,3172Sony / Columbia
7The Raven$288,437-16%2,2096$131$13,072,6652Relativity Media
8Safe (2012)$276,894-27%2,2715$122$13,999,8952Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$204,173-18%1,531-36$133$23,744,3843Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$188,421-10%1,669-970$113$38,594,8954Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$103,854-25%1,040-780$100$134,361,2418Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$99,046-19%2,174-931$46$39,984,7504Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$72,760-29%856-1298$85$55,545,0405Universal
2Mirror Mirror$56,147-11%922-1095$61$60,340,6306Relativity Media
3Bully (2012)$47,062-9%2630$179$2,679,1826Weinstein Company
4Titanic 3D$38,450-14%333-1076$115$57,410,6735Paramount
5Wrath of the Titans$37,259-13%715-857$52$81,734,1786Warner Bros.
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$33,7561%247-88$137$8,319,3129CBS Films
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$28,425-16%521-362$55$209,128,41510Universal
8Lockout$16,7137%311-948$54$13,941,3134Open Road
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$16,681-20%303-98$55$102,327,91913Warner Bros. / New Line
10Safe House$11,295-1%175-54$65$126,053,19513Universal
11Act of Valor$9,279-10%193-92$48$69,853,04411Relativity Media
12This Means War$8,858-4%171-61$52$54,510,22112Fox
13A Thousand Words$6,786-14%140-29$48$18,207,3379Paramount
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$5,806-25%143104$41$34,957,64611Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$86,348-1%27--$3,198$988,9711Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$45,9804%500$920$1,149,2663Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$26,45753%340$778$18,697,59957Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sound of My Voice$7,96913%2823$285$124,0922Fox Searchlight
5Casa de mi Padre$4,1070%6832$60$5,861,2708Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$3,7359%47-32$79$4,200,6188Paramount Vantage
7Chronicle$3,7243%78-43$48$64,483,36814Fox
8Project X (2012)$3,423-5%72-83$48$54,708,36910Warner Bros.
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,06549%75-36$41$133,037,53021Fox
10The Artist$2,44434%41-9$60$44,248,70524Weinstein Company
11Undefeated$2,391150%13-7$184$535,56112Weinstein Company
12Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,181-19%30-37$73$1,144,2504Code Black Entertainment
13Friends With Kids$2,021-17%34-19$59$7,191,5139Roadside Attractions
14Coriolanus$1,86725%184$104$732,59616Weinstein Company
15Blue Like Jazz$1,81927%20-26$91$582,3044Roadside Attractions
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$729-12%17-10$43$43,448,46013Fox
17Red Tails$55745%12-11$46$49,859,63416Fox
18Touchback$4901%12-16$41$198,7314Anchor Bay Films
19W.E.$248-49%6-4$41$583,05614Weinstein Company
20Albert Nobbs$7-65%5-11$1$3,013,85215Roadside Attractions