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. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$4,443,580-1%4,2635$1,042$137,373,7222Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$1,923,041-12%3,44246$559$98,546,6802Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$1,626,630-5%3,701-76$440$129,042,7203Universal
4Rock of Ages$1,403,107-9%3,470--$404$20,763,2441Warner Bros. / New Line
5That's My Boy$1,318,352-18%3,030--$435$20,280,3831Sony / Columbia
6Men in Black 3$1,203,567-3%3,135-657$384$157,738,9514Sony / Columbia
7Marvel's The Avengers$1,054,517-4%2,528-601$417$591,247,7817Disney
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$401,8601%1,184-114$339$36,755,3397Fox Searchlight
9What to Expect When You're Expecting$187,309-8%1,216-871$154$39,433,6515Lionsgate
10The Dictator$148,610-6%1,119-532$133$58,324,0885Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$339,271-3%17882$1,906$8,219,3984Focus
2The Hunger Games$146,5063%593-158$247$402,339,72213Lionsgate
3Battleship$122,875-4%942-1012$130$62,670,8005Universal
4Dark Shadows$84,4544%680-870$124$75,492,6606Warner Bros.
5For Greater Glory$74,3234%380-262$196$4,836,0863ARC Entertainment
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$54,1356%277-13$195$212,695,35016Universal
7Mirror Mirror$43,294-6%278-25$156$64,092,75012Relativity Media
8The Lucky One (2012)$35,4674%350-52$101$60,032,6909Warner Bros.
9The Cabin in the Woods$31,215-6%224111$139$41,638,65010Lionsgate
10The Three Stooges$26,7347%201-44$133$43,542,88610Fox
11Chernobyl Diaries$24,915-6%255-925$98$17,747,7624Warner Bros.
12Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$16,517-25%157--$105$229,1681Indomina Media
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$15,0846%108-18$140$103,751,97519Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Five-Year Engagement$12,675-11%168-7$75$28,700,2858Universal
15Wrath of the Titans$10,8605%105-45$103$83,594,88012Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$69,6028%510$1,365$3,861,3219Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$48,404-6%770$629$1,746,8084Weinstein Company
3Safety Not Guaranteed$39,081-9%4738$832$601,4232FilmDistrict
4Born to Be Wild 3D$16,706-7%330$506$19,543,46263Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Crooked Arrows$14,20815%98-180$145$1,778,6935Branded/Peck Films
6Lola Versus$11,702-2%5248$225$156,7922Fox Searchlight
7Safe (2012)$6,14813%76-35$81$17,142,0808Lionsgate
8Girl in Progress$3,8130%41-16$93$2,609,4126Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Bully (2012)$3,688117%14-17$263$3,495,04312Weinstein Company
10The Raven$2,76736%29-5$95$15,848,5908Relativity Media
11Rowdy Rathore$2,324-40%32--$73$758,5103UTV Communications
12The Artist$1,0983%21-15$52$44,671,68230Weinstein Company
13Piranha 3DD$752-57%11-67$68$376,5123Weinstein Company
14Sound of My Voice$731-10%13-11$56$401,7288Fox Searchlight