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. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$8,948,171-50%4,164--$2,149$75,271,7651Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,063,686-47%3,920-343$782$160,149,7233Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,901,986-57%3,108--$612$18,208,9601Fox
4Prometheus$1,340,969-56%2,862-580$469$109,793,3193Fox
5That's My Boy$1,231,077-47%3,0300$406$29,141,8712Sony / Columbia
6Snow White and the Huntsman$1,109,220-52%2,919-782$380$138,237,5704Universal
7Marvel's The Avengers$962,092-50%2,230-352$431$599,387,5348Disney
8Rock of Ages$958,219-52%3,4700$276$29,376,8402Warner Bros. / New Line
9Men in Black 3$867,472-47%2,462-673$352$164,333,1795Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$461,645-56%1,625--$284$4,284,4481Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$488,580-51%395217$1,237$12,102,4085Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$223,867-53%741-443$302$38,607,8308Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$97,158-47%414-179$235$403,061,69814Lionsgate
4Battleship$65,205-57%483-459$135$63,255,3106Universal
5The Dictator$63,067-42%316-803$200$58,768,1196Paramount
6Safety Not Guaranteed$61,659-56%12982$478$1,136,1923FilmDistrict
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$50,549-46%411-805$123$39,848,4966Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$34,538-50%302-378$114$75,787,6457Warner Bros.
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,590-46%234-43$135$212,932,86517Universal
10For Greater Glory$31,268-70%160-220$195$5,113,2614ARC Entertainment
11Mirror Mirror$26,277-37%222-56$118$64,274,66213Relativity Media
12The Cabin in the Woods$23,149-47%196-28$118$41,800,44111Lionsgate
13Chernobyl Diaries$22,248-49%240-15$93$17,907,6805Warner Bros.
14The Lucky One (2012)$19,341-41%202-148$96$60,173,57910Warner Bros.
15The Three Stooges$17,945-49%154-47$117$43,674,83511Fox
16The Raven$10,939-48%133104$82$15,926,8829Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$65,05611%521$1,251$4,128,69710Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$40,683-61%74-3$550$2,134,1995Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$16,4202%330$498$19,613,01364Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$10,141-42%85-23$119$103,822,38220Warner Bros. / New Line
5Lola Versus$7,506-48%50-2$150$210,6003Fox Searchlight
6Wrath of the Titans$6,724-53%70-35$96$83,647,15013Warner Bros.
7Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$4,714-63%16-141$295$270,8612Indomina Media
8Crooked Arrows$1,435-53%25-73$57$1,789,2446Branded/Peck Films