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. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$7,923,789-74%4,3490$1,822$380,995,4362Disney
2Dark Shadows$2,311,455-75%3,755--$616$31,996,7291Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$481,497-76%2,05242$235$81,914,3374Sony / Screen Gems
4The Hunger Games$398,480-73%2,531-263$157$387,405,5288Lionsgate
5The Five-Year Engagement$346,815-67%2,569-372$135$24,970,2353Universal
6The Lucky One (2012)$316,061-73%2,839-166$111$54,104,2944Warner Bros.
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$198,060-82%3,079-279$64$23,245,0603Sony / Columbia
8Safe (2012)$160,041-68%1,690-581$95$15,877,4703Lionsgate
9The Raven$159,647-62%1,888-321$85$14,883,4223Relativity Media
10Chimpanzee$143,053-81%1,55928$92$25,860,5314Disneynature
11The Cabin in the Woods$119,616-55%1,029-640$116$39,873,5285Lionsgate
12The Three Stooges$61,590-82%1,416-758$43$41,215,3595Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$279,112-70%178151$1,568$4,023,7682Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$92,541-83%322--$287$1,476,6191Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$64,453-58%589-451$109$135,181,9969Sony / Columbia
4American Reunion$41,680-54%521-335$80$56,091,8506Universal
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$36,400-75%455-66$80$209,628,33511Universal
6Mirror Mirror$35,228-85%607-315$58$61,029,1147Relativity Media
7Bully (2012)$33,73211%2630$128$2,897,8037Weinstein Company
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$22,038-65%200-47$110$8,564,03010CBS Films
9The Artist$20,759-74%751710$28$44,460,22925Weinstein Company
10Titanic 3D$17,825-70%157-176$114$57,632,1356Paramount
11Lockout$16,787-61%255-56$66$14,153,4905Open Road
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$15,858-82%260-43$61$102,597,19214Warner Bros. / New Line
13Wrath of the Titans$14,272-72%265-450$54$82,004,4407Warner Bros.
14Safe House$7,480-71%136-39$55$126,157,13514Universal
15Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,192-49%11770$53$4,250,3479Paramount Vantage
16A Thousand Words$6,022-78%127-13$47$18,298,89210Paramount
17This Means War$5,681-66%132-39$43$54,592,46513Fox
18Act of Valor$5,302-57%118-75$45$69,909,25912Relativity Media
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$3,872-77%110-33$35$35,014,06412Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$41,516-40%49-1$847$1,454,3014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,564-20%340$399$18,798,28158Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sound of My Voice$8,410-51%4618$183$196,6843Fox Searchlight
4The Road (2012)$7,450-57%50--$149$64,1421Freestyle Releasing
5Casa de mi Padre$3,729-68%56-12$67$5,898,9679Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,752-83%23-7$120$1,183,6825Code Black Entertainment
7Chronicle$2,646-70%51-27$52$64,514,40915Fox
8Project X (2012)$2,041-47%40-32$51$54,726,31311Warner Bros.
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,735-78%67-8$26$133,064,15422Fox
10Friends With Kids$1,706-46%362$47$7,208,50610Roadside Attractions
11Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$910-83%10--$91$18,0111UTV Communications
12Coriolanus$861-56%11-7$78$741,03017Weinstein Company
13Undefeated$646-50%130$50$541,96513Weinstein Company
14Red Tails$432-45%9-3$48$49,867,04617Fox
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$410-70%12-5$34$43,454,06614Fox
16Blue Like Jazz$384-79%11-9$35$589,0845Roadside Attractions
17Touchback$340-67%4-8$85$203,0535Anchor Bay Films
18Tonight You're Mine$253-63%2--$127$2,3971Roadside Attractions
19Albert Nobbs$40-84%2-3$20$3,014,58116Roadside Attractions