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, Jun. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$7,140,02013%4,258--$1,677$73,785,6261Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$5,002,455-4%3,396--$1,473$61,257,4521Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$2,966,75011%3,7774$785$104,185,8952Universal
4Men in Black 3$1,937,66918%3,792-456$511$139,478,9673Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$1,547,79612%3,129-541$495$575,233,7646Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$557,81440%1,2984$430$31,996,4746Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$467,67722%2,087-820$224$36,673,6504Lionsgate
8The Dictator$386,06724%1,651-998$234$55,978,1824Paramount
9Battleship$284,2504%1,954-1190$145$60,378,0254Universal
10Dark Shadows$206,14514%1,550-1452$133$74,173,0285Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$138,4301%1,180-1253$117$17,218,4943Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$171,5839%751-348$228$400,601,12112Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$120,1653%642-115$187$3,759,3772ARC Entertainment
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$54,96022%290-25$190$212,128,42015Universal
4Mirror Mirror$54,51722%303-54$180$63,576,15711Relativity Media
5The Lucky One (2012)$53,0279%402-2$132$59,579,5368Warner Bros.
6Think Like a Man$43,0930%287-222$150$90,399,7808Sony / Screen Gems
7Crooked Arrows$31,83216%278-49$115$1,617,2134Branded/Peck Films
8The Three Stooges$30,46012%245-40$124$43,180,5869Fox
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$21,43740%126-29$170$103,584,19518Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Pirates! Band of Misfits$20,46229%317-268$65$29,008,0727Sony / Columbia
11The Five-Year Engagement$18,45024%175-43$105$28,523,5507Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$16,14015%150-55$108$83,441,51811Warner Bros.
13The Cabin in the Woods$11,1147%113-23$98$41,311,8019Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$8,529-1%111-64$77$17,068,6427Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$232,24219%9680$2,419$4,158,3533Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$65,22333%511$1,279$3,294,3078Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$48,26020%7727$627$1,103,0593Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$15,869-23%330$481$19,390,70962Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Safety Not Guaranteed$11,88515%9--$1,321$119,9541FilmDistrict
6Piranha 3DD$11,077165%78-8$142$330,6312Weinstein Company
7Bully (2012)$5,960167%31-57$192$3,471,67811Weinstein Company
8Girl in Progress$4,4712%577$78$2,564,9515Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Lola Versus$3,5808%4--$895$38,7241Fox Searchlight
10The Raven$3,35352%34-27$99$15,822,8737Relativity Media
11The Artist$2,6016%36-51$72$44,655,58829Weinstein Company
12Sound of My Voice$1,3973%24-24$58$389,2437Fox Searchlight
13High School$96250%4-196$241$137,6852Anchor Bay Films
14Friends With Kids$2537%5-3$51$7,250,57614Roadside Attractions