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. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$5,648,570-61%4,248--$1,330$74,903,2871Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$3,266,753-69%3,918-331$834$527,173,9554Disney
3The Dictator$1,158,547-47%3,0146$384$44,472,0682Paramount
4Battleship$1,092,090-62%3,70212$295$48,535,4652Universal
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$933,685-44%3,0210$309$24,760,4982Lionsgate
6Chernobyl Diaries$822,402-41%2,433--$338$10,177,5261Warner Bros.
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$819,248-59%1,233879$664$19,383,4874Fox Searchlight
8Dark Shadows$761,174-61%3,404-351$224$65,683,3163Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$248,993-65%1,421-643$175$396,271,16110Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$128,100-63%786-936$163$88,814,6486Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$94,326-73%884-956$107$27,736,4515Sony / Columbia
3The Lucky One (2012)$78,447-43%615-1390$128$58,495,5596Warner Bros.
4Mirror Mirror$61,203-61%42215$145$62,417,4549Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$54,555-63%39011$140$211,040,36013Universal
6The Five-Year Engagement$32,985-48%274-901$120$28,045,8455Universal
7The Three Stooges$30,704-62%325-269$94$42,415,9247Fox
8Wrath of the Titans$26,830-56%255-105$105$83,015,5639Warner Bros.
9The Cabin in the Woods$24,893-47%203-245$123$41,004,7037Lionsgate
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$18,369-66%175-70$105$103,182,49316Warner Bros. / New Line
11Bully (2012)$17,52036%104-100$168$3,327,4499Weinstein Company
12American Reunion$12,500-28%165-125$76$56,736,5808Universal
13Girl in Progress$11,342-73%143-179$79$2,459,1163Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Safe (2012)$8,236-43%112-391$74$16,821,8055Lionsgate
15The Raven$7,599-49%111-321$68$15,757,9355Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$61,078-63%4--$15,270$747,2571Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$53,497-30%501$1,070$2,440,2886Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$18,268-5%340$537$19,106,51260Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$13,007-44%87-47$150$8,902,27612CBS Films
5The Intouchables$9,458-72%4--$2,365$146,4621Weinstein Company
6Crooked Arrows$9,150-75%6712$137$502,3842Branded/Peck Films
7Titanic 3D$5,075-47%42-28$121$57,815,6838Paramount
8Sound of My Voice$4,222-57%425$101$324,4875Fox Searchlight
9A Thousand Words$3,864-57%59-51$65$18,442,01312Paramount
10This Means War$2,819-54%44-46$64$54,728,71115Fox
11The Artist$1,867-55%20-83$93$44,581,34827Weinstein Company
12Undefeated$566-58%6-3$94$557,07815Weinstein Company
13Act of Valor$492-74%39-57$13$70,004,85414Relativity Media
14Red Tails$341-32%74$49$49,872,28519Fox
15Coriolanus$279-35%4-4$70$756,73119Weinstein Company
16Tonight You're Mine$246-35%3--$82$5,7123Roadside Attractions
17Blue Like Jazz$30-36%3-4$10$594,5447Roadside Attractions