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 Sun, Jul. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ted (2012)$15,952,075-11%3,239--$4,925$54,415,2051Universal
2Brave$10,377,600-22%4,1640$2,492$131,768,3342Disney
3Magic Mike$8,401,692-26%2,930--$2,867$39,127,1701Warner Bros.
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$5,851,975-38%2,161--$2,708$25,390,5751Lionsgate
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,575,792-23%3,715-205$963$180,036,7984Paramount / DreamWorks
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,845,619-20%3,1091$594$29,043,8052Fox
7Prometheus$1,554,303-23%1,951-911$797$118,258,1024Fox
8Snow White and the Huntsman$1,378,830-22%2,337-582$590$145,684,6455Universal
9Marvel's The Avengers$1,299,503-28%1,757-473$740$606,504,7449Disney
10People Like Us$1,144,120-31%2,055--$557$4,255,4231Disney / DreamWorks
11Men in Black 3$921,743-23%1,902-560$485$169,718,9076Sony / Columbia
12Rock of Ages$822,571-28%2,405-1065$342$35,025,9063Warner Bros. / New Line
13That's My Boy$666,347-19%2,363-667$282$34,419,1593Sony / Columbia
14Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$326,304-23%1,608-17$203$6,619,1732Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,526,066-24%854459$1,787$18,465,9546Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$363,815-21%534-207$681$40,425,0959Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$125,003-21%278-136$450$403,768,85215Lionsgate
4Dark Shadows$120,230-23%36563$329$76,280,7648Warner Bros.
5Battleship$118,580-26%308-175$385$63,869,0507Universal
6Safety Not Guaranteed$115,894-28%16435$707$1,684,0694FilmDistrict
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$88,151-19%284169$310$29,587,78310Sony / Columbia
8The Dictator$49,051-14%130-186$377$59,093,6767Paramount
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$46,465-21%202-32$230$213,218,33018Universal
10Think Like a Man$41,581-32%185-53$225$91,345,08811Sony / Screen Gems
11What to Expect When You're Expecting$36,788-30%203-208$181$40,135,9807Lionsgate
12Mirror Mirror$31,422-34%166-56$189$64,493,99314Relativity Media
1321 Jump Street$28,087-17%141-19$199$138,447,66716Sony / Columbia
14The Cabin in the Woods$24,087-20%149-47$162$41,943,44512Lionsgate
15The Three Stooges$22,635-20%117-37$193$43,809,32812Fox
16The Lucky One (2012)$17,744-30%115-87$154$60,303,98311Warner Bros.
17Chernobyl Diaries$17,145-22%145-95$118$18,026,4666Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$102,144-23%68-6$1,502$2,579,3826Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$66,618-22%520$1,281$4,534,48411Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$54,166-15%4--$13,542$220,9131Fox Searchlight
4For Greater Glory$43,82121%73-87$600$5,313,2215ARC Entertainment
5Born to Be Wild 3D$16,034-23%330$486$19,714,88265Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Raven$6,921-18%78-55$89$15,983,82910Relativity Media
7Crooked Arrows$3,459-2%13-12$266$1,804,7927Branded/Peck Films
8Lola Versus$3,289-23%30-20$110$240,4374Fox Searchlight
9Rowdy Rathore$677-29%2-7$339$775,9815UTV Communications
10Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$403-64%1-15$403$288,3123Indomina Media