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. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$4,917,764-14%4,249-100$1,157$468,271,2153Disney
2Battleship$2,269,350-4%3,690--$615$30,165,8401Universal
3The Dictator$2,151,7340%3,008--$715$28,785,2721Paramount
4Dark Shadows$1,303,2354%3,7550$347$53,280,1532Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,298,02314%3,021--$430$12,983,3801Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$346,088-2%2,064-467$168$392,280,5339Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$275,8406%1,722-330$160$86,375,0175Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$210,35412%2,005-834$105$57,333,2415Warner Bros.
9The Five-Year Engagement$152,7508%1,175-1394$130$27,396,7854Universal
10The Pirates! Band of Misfits$147,023-41%1,840-1239$80$25,886,8074Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$521,6560%354176$1,474$9,271,9753Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$96,19016%895-664$107$27,187,6715Disneynature
3The Cabin in the Woods$51,642-6%448-581$115$40,658,4556Lionsgate
4Wrath of the Titans$48,0986%36095$134$82,613,7088Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$41,690-12%379-76$110$210,280,39012Universal
6Mirror Mirror$41,063-7%407-200$101$61,636,6378Relativity Media
7Safe (2012)$40,8216%503-1187$81$16,669,3284Lionsgate
8The Three Stooges$38,9648%594-822$66$41,905,8026Fox
9Girl in Progress$38,1585%3220$119$2,211,8762Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Raven$32,3746%432-1456$75$15,608,6674Relativity Media
11Bully (2012)$25,683-15%204-59$126$3,176,0288Weinstein Company
12American Reunion$23,200-24%290-231$80$56,548,6057Universal
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$18,182-4%245-15$74$102,896,65615Warner Bros. / New Line
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$12,700-26%134-66$95$8,750,90811CBS Films
15Lockout$9,026-7%191-64$47$14,310,3346Open Road
16A Thousand Words$6,41415%110-17$58$18,386,54211Paramount
17The Artist$3,3739%103-648$33$44,555,91126Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$54,113-8%490$1,104$1,948,2075Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$24,89926%340$732$18,964,75359Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$14,8489%55--$270$284,7901Branded/Peck Films
4Titanic 3D$8,1520%70-87$116$57,752,5157Paramount
5This Means War$5,5216%90-42$61$54,681,45514Fox
6Sound of My Voice$5,021-20%37-9$136$260,9874Fox Searchlight
7Act of Valor$3,479-2%96-22$36$69,985,48013Relativity Media
8Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,50111%17-6$88$1,204,4206Code Black Entertainment
9Friends With Kids$1,336-6%25-11$53$7,229,26611Roadside Attractions
10Coriolanus$1,24649%8-3$156$751,72418Weinstein Company
11Lovely Molly$9681%5--$194$14,4801Image Entertainment
12The Road (2012)$8151%10-40$82$90,4902Freestyle Releasing
13Undefeated$67411%9-4$75$549,75214Weinstein Company
14Red Tails$33332%3-6$111$49,869,39418Fox
15Blue Like Jazz$31030%7-4$44$593,1376Roadside Attractions
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$81113%1-11$81$43,456,03515Fox
17Touchback$53-29%3-1$18$204,1966Anchor Bay Films