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 Fri, Jun. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ted (2012)$20,583,845--3,239--$6,355$20,583,8451Universal
2Magic Mike$19,371,387--2,930--$6,611$19,371,3871Warner Bros.
3Brave$10,367,67956%4,1640$2,490$108,041,3702Disney
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$10,148,095--2,161--$4,696$10,148,0951Lionsgate
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,610,26149%3,715-205$972$171,806,7834Paramount / DreamWorks
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,854,18141%3,1091$596$24,888,3742Fox
7People Like Us$1,453,237--2,055--$707$1,453,2371Disney / DreamWorks
8Prometheus$1,350,80330%1,951-911$692$114,687,6514Fox
9Snow White and the Huntsman$1,343,77553%2,337-582$575$142,529,6955Universal
10Marvel's The Avengers$1,305,52151%1,757-473$743$603,388,5949Disney
11Rock of Ages$885,7598%2,405-1065$368$33,067,3263Warner Bros. / New Line
12Men in Black 3$860,83416%1,902-560$453$167,600,9206Sony / Columbia
13That's My Boy$755,022-3%2,363-667$320$32,933,7703Sony / Columbia
14Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$320,455-5%1,608-17$199$5,870,2352Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,386,343192%854459$1,623$14,925,4606Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$278,10320%534-207$521$39,598,9979Fox Searchlight
3Battleship$124,74084%308-175$405$63,590,3107Universal
4Dark Shadows$117,139259%36563$321$76,004,4978Warner Bros.
5The Hunger Games$113,9869%278-136$410$403,485,69315Lionsgate
6Safety Not Guaranteed$101,43997%16435$619$1,406,1844FilmDistrict
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$85,148--284169$300$29,391,19410Sony / Columbia
8Think Like a Man$49,964--185-53$270$91,242,65111Sony / Screen Gems
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$49,49018%202-32$245$213,113,28518Universal
10What to Expect When You're Expecting$46,151-6%203-208$227$40,046,8387Lionsgate
11The Dictator$45,725-3%130-186$352$58,987,7577Paramount
12Mirror Mirror$41,21819%166-56$248$64,414,70714Relativity Media
1321 Jump Street$26,479--141-19$188$138,385,74516Sony / Columbia
14The Lucky One (2012)$22,46810%115-87$195$60,261,03511Warner Bros.
15The Cabin in the Woods$22,3822%149-47$150$41,889,39212Lionsgate
16The Three Stooges$21,7862%117-37$186$43,758,54712Fox
17Chernobyl Diaries$15,868-21%145-95$109$17,987,4756Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$77,16274%68-6$1,135$2,343,8286Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$66,26213%520$1,274$4,382,88811Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$51,640115%4--$12,910$102,8511Fox Searchlight
4For Greater Glory$23,465-30%73-87$321$5,233,1455ARC Entertainment
5Born to Be Wild 3D$21,19435%330$642$19,678,06165Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Raven$6,673-41%78-55$86$15,968,47510Relativity Media
7Crooked Arrows$3,356--13-12$258$1,797,7877Branded/Peck Films
8Lola Versus$3,283-41%30-20$109$232,8904Fox Searchlight
9Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$1,248-75%1-15$1,248$286,7863Indomina Media
10Rowdy Rathore$230--2-7$115$774,3465UTV Communications