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 Thu, May. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$4,114,5543%4,248--$969$83,003,5531Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$2,774,98410%3,918-331$708$532,463,9804Disney
3Battleship$925,9259%3,70212$250$50,312,8502Universal
4The Dictator$826,2702%3,0146$274$46,110,3602Paramount
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$782,5184%3,0210$259$26,293,3592Lionsgate
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$759,5171%1,233879$616$20,896,6054Fox Searchlight
7Dark Shadows$662,2165%3,404-351$195$66,973,8413Warner Bros.
8Chernobyl Diaries$581,408-5%2,433--$239$11,371,1141Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$267,52314%1,421-643$188$396,773,74810Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$118,0558%786-936$150$89,041,7696Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$110,63434%884-956$125$27,929,7825Sony / Columbia
3The Lucky One (2012)$82,11020%615-1390$134$58,645,9186Warner Bros.
4Mirror Mirror$68,29619%42215$162$62,543,1399Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$56,55016%39011$145$211,145,66013Universal
6The Three Stooges$31,7617%325-269$98$42,477,4317Fox
7The Five-Year Engagement$30,1405%274-901$110$28,104,7555Universal
8Wrath of the Titans$26,98316%255-105$106$83,065,7529Warner Bros.
9The Cabin in the Woods$23,247-5%203-245$115$41,052,4157Lionsgate
10Bully (2012)$21,80223%104-100$210$3,366,9769Weinstein Company
11Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$20,85230%175-70$119$103,219,42916Warner Bros. / New Line
12American Reunion$12,37525%165-125$75$56,758,8358Universal
13Girl in Progress$10,5869%143-179$74$2,479,4523Lionsgate / Pantelion
14The Raven$7,33010%111-321$66$15,771,9395Relativity Media
15Safe (2012)$7,004-11%112-391$63$16,836,7125Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$60,568-5%501$1,211$2,564,5216Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Moonrise Kingdom$56,231-1%4--$14,058$860,2121Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$24,8709%340$731$19,154,16860Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Crooked Arrows$13,820106%6712$206$522,9122Branded/Peck Films
5The Intouchables$10,4007%4--$2,600$166,6121Weinstein Company
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$9,875-85%87-47$114$8,976,22312CBS Films
7Titanic 3D$5,16315%42-28$123$57,825,3518Paramount
8Sound of My Voice$4,5837%425$109$333,3505Fox Searchlight
9A Thousand Words$4,2349%59-51$72$18,450,12712Paramount
10This Means War$3,15310%44-46$72$54,734,73815Fox
11The Artist$2,08112%20-83$104$44,585,29227Weinstein Company
125 Broken Cameras$1,912--1--$1,912$1,9120Kino Lorber
13Act of Valor$70837%39-57$18$70,006,08014Relativity Media
14Undefeated$682-9%6-3$114$558,50615Weinstein Company
15Tonight You're Mine$269-2%3--$90$6,2553Roadside Attractions
16Coriolanus$2342%4-4$59$757,19519Weinstein Company
17Red Tails$209-80%74$30$160,15819Fox
18Blue Like Jazz$15-92%3-4$5$594,7367Roadside Attractions