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, Jun. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$4,074,840-4%3,773--$1,080$75,478,6851Universal
2Men in Black 3$2,555,9392%4,2480$602$122,005,3742Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$1,974,1796%3,670-248$538$561,050,7255Disney
4The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$585,958-1%1,29461$453$27,773,5795Fox Searchlight
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$576,9102%2,907-114$198$33,035,3723Lionsgate
6Battleship$534,4803%3,144-558$170$57,543,8053Universal
7The Dictator$493,216-2%2,649-365$186$53,038,5403Paramount
8Dark Shadows$431,2858%3,002-402$144$72,375,6334Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$357,319-4%2,4330$147$16,110,2612Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$225,68610%1,099-322$205$399,200,32211Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$171,8156%757--$227$2,594,1971ARC Entertainment
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$75,09712%585-299$128$28,832,8946Sony / Columbia
3Think Like a Man$64,7895%509-277$127$89,979,5417Sony / Screen Gems
4Mirror Mirror$58,8989%357-65$165$63,134,10610Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$51,9753%315-75$165$211,690,65514Universal
6Crooked Arrows$43,7147%327260$134$1,339,8373Branded/Peck Films
7The Lucky One (2012)$39,0586%404-211$97$59,121,9007Warner Bros.
8The Three Stooges$29,648-4%285-40$104$42,867,1688Fox
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$24,843-20%155-20$160$103,453,52017Warner Bros. / New Line
10Rowdy Rathore$22,161-28%120--$185$511,3191UTV Communications
11Wrath of the Titans$20,8353%205-50$102$83,306,67710Warner Bros.
12The Five-Year Engagement$20,1703%218-56$93$28,368,0606Universal
13The Cabin in the Woods$14,819-3%136-67$109$41,227,6928Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$13,447-2%17563$77$16,997,1886Lionsgate
15High School$10,583-17%200--$53$133,0951Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$95,325-8%1612$5,958$2,171,3312Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$64,85013%500$1,297$3,009,0827Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$35,9333%5046$719$629,4422Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$21,448-13%33-1$650$19,304,95161Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Piranha 3DD$17,391-9%86--$202$278,4641Weinstein Company
6Bully (2012)$9,820-39%88-16$112$3,446,94710Weinstein Company
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$6,4401%60-27$107$9,047,98013CBS Films
8Titanic 3D$6,1554%5210$118$57,884,1149Paramount
9The Artist$5,84317%8767$67$44,636,42228Weinstein Company
10Sound of My Voice$4,090-4%486$85$377,9316Fox Searchlight
11Girl in Progress$3,400-4%50-93$68$2,525,6114Lionsgate / Pantelion
12The Raven$2,737-1%61-50$45$15,803,1386Relativity Media
13Act of Valor$681134%19-20$36$70,012,84715Relativity Media
14Friends With Kids$665-1%8--$83$7,248,06713Roadside Attractions
15Undefeated$3973%60$66$562,21816Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$24193%5-2$48$49,876,37720Fox