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, Jun. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$5,376,525-63%3,773--$1,425$61,594,2251Universal
2Men in Black 3$2,727,859-65%4,2480$642$113,806,6222Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$2,042,375-65%3,670-248$557$554,992,7735Disney
4The Dictator$561,166-58%2,649-365$212$51,373,5303Paramount
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$545,660-56%1,29461$422$25,925,3485Fox Searchlight
6What to Expect When You're Expecting$524,071-53%2,907-114$180$31,226,1713Lionsgate
7Battleship$518,760-64%3,144-558$165$55,923,9053Universal
8Chernobyl Diaries$418,477-50%2,4330$172$14,916,6982Warner Bros.
9Dark Shadows$408,058-58%3,002-402$136$71,085,1044Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$208,749-52%1,099-322$190$398,549,68311Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$180,632-72%757--$239$2,066,2401ARC Entertainment
2Think Like a Man$67,244-60%509-277$132$89,780,4927Sony / Screen Gems
3The Pirates! Band of Misfits$63,425-67%585-299$108$28,623,8296Sony / Columbia
4Crooked Arrows$57,355-60%327260$175$1,212,6903Branded/Peck Films
5Mirror Mirror$47,860-52%357-65$134$62,959,66810Relativity Media
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$47,250-51%315-75$150$211,533,11014Universal
7The Lucky One (2012)$36,393-53%404-211$90$59,005,5047Warner Bros.
8The Three Stooges$28,706-62%285-40$101$42,775,5188Fox
9Rowdy Rathore$26,881-77%120--$224$408,6651UTV Communications
10Wrath of the Titans$20,898-55%205-50$102$83,242,66610Warner Bros.
11The Five-Year Engagement$19,620-58%218-56$90$28,304,2206Universal
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$19,211-50%155-20$124$103,365,41917Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Cabin in the Woods$16,152-50%136-67$119$41,180,4928Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$13,868-57%17563$79$16,954,6606Lionsgate
15High School$13,088-48%200--$65$95,9201Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$118,844-57%1612$7,428$1,855,9372Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$52,816-3%500$1,056$2,833,3167Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$33,706-65%5046$674$522,2692Weinstein Company
4Piranha 3DD$21,811-57%86--$254$204,0481Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$16,30312%33-1$494$19,240,59961Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Bully (2012)$16,015172%88-16$182$3,405,33810Weinstein Company
7Titanic 3D$6,574-40%5210$126$57,865,9939Paramount
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$4,986-60%60-27$83$9,030,09313CBS Films
9The Artist$4,474-49%8767$51$44,619,82928Weinstein Company
10Sound of My Voice$4,078-52%486$85$365,6156Fox Searchlight
11The Raven$3,255-39%61-50$53$15,794,3616Relativity Media
12Girl in Progress$3,153-73%50-93$63$2,515,0414Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Friends With Kids$427-47%8-1$53$7,246,15913Roadside Attractions
14Act of Valor$231-89%19-20$12$70,011,30415Relativity Media
15Undefeated$208-67%60$35$561,26216Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$180-34%5-2$36$49,875,76920Fox
17Blue Like Jazz$10-75%1-2$10$594,9148Roadside Attractions