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. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$17,867,545-24%4,318--$4,138$137,022,2581Sony / Columbia
2Ted (2012)$9,735,440-18%3,25617$2,990$119,849,7402Universal
3Brave$5,529,449-29%3,891-273$1,421$173,969,3413Disney
4Savages$4,690,770-16%2,628--$1,785$16,016,9101Universal
5Magic Mike$3,931,997-29%3,120190$1,260$72,829,1072Warner Bros.
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$2,585,979-37%2,1610$1,197$45,822,9842Lionsgate
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$2,096,910-31%2,861-854$733$195,905,1265Paramount / DreamWorks
8Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$1,964,903-21%2,730--$720$10,240,2131Paramount
9Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$576,606-23%1,657-1452$348$34,050,9103Fox
10Marvel's The Avengers$569,083-38%1,125-632$506$611,127,88410Disney
11People Like Us$565,385-39%2,0550$275$9,190,9022Disney / DreamWorks
12Prometheus$527,563-29%1,105-846$477$122,390,2745Fox
13Snow White and the Huntsman$472,320-35%1,152-1185$410$149,756,5656Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,234,985-36%88430$1,397$26,780,9897Focus
2Men in Black 3$391,703-44%879-1023$446$173,089,6907Sony / Columbia
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$203,363-38%359-175$566$41,991,87310Fox Searchlight
4Rock of Ages$168,309-37%701-1704$240$36,974,6194Warner Bros. / New Line
5That's My Boy$149,824-41%400-1963$375$36,100,8334Sony / Columbia
6The Hunger Games$88,250-32%228-50$387$404,382,13316Lionsgate
7Dark Shadows$87,690-27%303-62$289$76,860,8799Warner Bros.
8Battleship$80,925-29%249-59$325$64,334,9508Universal
9Safety Not Guaranteed$72,387-35%109-55$664$2,170,0625FilmDistrict
10The Pirates! Band of Misfits$68,210-28%257-27$265$30,105,91611Sony / Columbia
11What to Expect When You're Expecting$57,843-30%23633$245$40,420,5468Lionsgate
12The Dictator$45,832-14%18656$246$59,310,5518Paramount
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$38,445-26%175-27$220$213,494,66019Universal
14Think Like a Man$25,044-34%118-67$212$91,547,20512Sony / Screen Gems
15Mirror Mirror$15,481-41%119-47$130$64,655,31015Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bol Bachchan$186,545-17%98--$1,904$561,9961Fox International Pictures
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$113,470-25%1915$5,972$743,8462Fox Searchlight
3The Intouchables$83,219-32%60-8$1,387$3,095,8897Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$63,188-34%520$1,215$5,064,59512Warner Bros. / IMAX
5For Greater Glory$18,49112%39-34$474$5,414,3736ARC Entertainment
6Born to Be Wild 3D$14,870-38%330$451$19,839,54866Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Three Stooges$13,564-36%76-41$178$43,913,20413Fox
8The Cabin in the Woods$13,116-21%83-66$158$42,043,63313Lionsgate
9The Lucky One (2012)$10,125-44%72-43$141$60,395,52212Warner Bros.
10Chernobyl Diaries$6,157-8%38-107$162$18,085,6017Warner Bros.
11Crooked Arrows$1,779-1%11-2$162$1,818,1808Branded/Peck Films
12The Raven$1,102-10%29-49$38$16,005,97811Relativity Media