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. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: Continental Drift$12,935,466-24%3,881--$3,333$46,629,2591Fox
2The Amazing Spider-Man$10,546,768-24%4,3180$2,443$200,500,3512Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$6,804,180-22%3,30347$2,060$159,257,2503Universal
4Brave$3,466,547-21%3,392-499$1,022$196,061,3194Disney
5Savages$3,069,775-20%2,6357$1,165$32,125,2902Universal
6Magic Mike$2,322,519-29%3,090-30$752$91,841,1983Warner Bros.
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$1,443,426-38%2,004-157$720$55,611,7213Lionsgate
8Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$1,144,110-22%2,285-576$501$203,901,3976Paramount / DreamWorks
9Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$1,137,722-16%2,7322$416$18,653,5442Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,122,090-27%92440$1,214$32,483,0028Focus
2Marvel's The Avengers$416,137-29%747-378$557$613,660,48611Disney
3Prometheus$297,129-26%559-546$532$124,307,4166Fox
4Snow White and the Huntsman$274,185-37%677-475$405$151,630,8007Universal
5Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$225,527-28%655-1002$344$35,915,8424Fox
6People Like Us$223,219-33%961-1094$232$11,194,5363Disney / DreamWorks
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$208,532-24%342-17$610$43,040,82711Fox Searchlight
8Men in Black 3$206,894-48%497-382$416$174,787,8988Sony / Columbia
9Safety Not Guaranteed$104,340-26%18273$573$2,621,8246FilmDistrict
10The Hunger Games$82,288-29%212-16$388$404,864,65117Lionsgate
11Rock of Ages$71,566-38%255-446$281$37,559,9865Warner Bros. / New Line
12Dark Shadows$68,949-24%239-64$288$77,268,18810Warner Bros.
13Battleship$67,260-31%228-21$295$64,734,9509Universal
14That's My Boy$66,472-53%172-228$386$36,723,4995Sony / Columbia
15The Pirates! Band of Misfits$51,664-24%232-25$223$30,466,67212Sony / Columbia
16What to Expect When You're Expecting$49,860-28%221-15$226$40,729,8809Lionsgate
17Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$36,955-36%168-7$220$213,745,89520Universal
18The Dictator$34,055-10%161-25$212$59,504,4279Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$252,257-23%8162$3,114$1,692,6753Fox Searchlight
2The Intouchables$116,308-23%8323$1,401$3,581,4888Weinstein Company
3Bol Bachchan$72,739-23%980$742$1,004,1742Fox International Pictures
4To the Arctic 3D$67,081-10%520$1,290$5,522,81413Warner Bros. / IMAX
5For Greater Glory$22,79125%423$543$5,494,6147ARC Entertainment
6The Three Stooges$19,676-57%72-4$273$44,053,04214Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$15,978-26%330$484$19,958,30267Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Obama Effect$12,800-30%25--$512$83,8961ARC Entertainment
9Mirror Mirror$12,204-44%91-28$134$64,757,06416Relativity Media
10The Imposter$8,7364%1--$8,736$22,3791Indomina Releasing
11Easy Money (2012)$8,588-16%2--$4,294$27,7831Weinstein Company
12A Cat In Paris$6,655-1%18--$370$208,7507GKIDS
13The Lucky One (2012)$5,118-41%41-31$125$60,443,23713Warner Bros.
14Chernobyl Diaries$3,799-33%23-15$165$18,112,9298Warner Bros.
15Crooked Arrows$942-49%9-2$105$1,830,4759Branded/Peck Films