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. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$5,032,28615%4,2635$1,180$128,419,1372Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$2,512,120-1%3,44246$730$94,430,2402Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$1,907,85010%3,701-76$515$125,711,8253Universal
4That's My Boy$1,904,116-5%3,030--$628$17,360,1171Sony / Columbia
5Rock of Ages$1,796,11213%3,470--$518$17,821,6621Warner Bros. / New Line
6Men in Black 3$1,356,52313%3,135-657$433$155,288,5614Sony / Columbia
7Marvel's The Avengers$1,163,9063%2,582-547$451$589,091,6167Disney
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$411,77625%1,184-114$348$35,957,3387Fox Searchlight
9What to Expect When You're Expecting$219,05919%1,216-871$180$39,042,9805Lionsgate
10The Dictator$182,37715%1,119-532$163$58,018,1085Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$357,1307%17882$2,006$7,529,3874Focus
2The Hunger Games$146,9137%593-158$248$402,050,62613Lionsgate
3Battleship$131,880-3%942-1012$140$62,420,2905Universal
4Dark Shadows$91,37915%680-870$134$75,326,8786Warner Bros.
5For Greater Glory$76,0356%380-262$200$4,690,2563ARC Entertainment
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$56,78532%277-13$205$212,589,97016Universal
7Mirror Mirror$50,66735%278-25$182$64,003,46212Relativity Media
8The Lucky One (2012)$37,3677%350-52$107$59,962,9989Warner Bros.
9The Cabin in the Woods$31,350-12%224111$140$41,574,17610Lionsgate
10Chernobyl Diaries$29,171-1%255-925$114$17,696,3424Warner Bros.
11The Three Stooges$26,37419%201-44$131$43,491,23510Fox
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$17,76946%108-18$165$103,722,67519Warner Bros. / New Line
13Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$17,252-25%157--$110$190,6551Indomina Media
14The Five-Year Engagement$15,19513%168-7$90$28,673,4058Universal
15Wrath of the Titans$12,1588%105-45$116$83,573,67712Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$65,90131%510$1,292$3,727,4569Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$49,1409%770$638$1,646,9484Weinstein Company
3Safety Not Guaranteed$38,994-4%4738$830$519,4862FilmDistrict
4Born to Be Wild 3D$16,61439%330$503$19,508,74063Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Lola Versus$15,40958%5248$296$133,1302Fox Searchlight
6Crooked Arrows$9,699-15%98-180$99$1,752,1325Branded/Peck Films
7Rowdy Rathore$5,516110%32--$172$752,3113UTV Communications
8Safe (2012)$5,3293%76-35$70$17,130,5048Lionsgate
9Girl in Progress$3,78822%41-16$92$2,601,7716Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Bully (2012)$2,749-12%14-17$196$3,489,65712Weinstein Company
11Piranha 3DD$2,420258%11-67$220$374,0003Weinstein Company
12The Raven$2,27851%29-5$79$15,843,7818Relativity Media
13The Artist$1,2547%21-15$60$44,669,52030Weinstein Company
14Sound of My Voice$427-59%13-11$33$400,1878Fox Searchlight