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, Jul. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,263,877-59%3,881--$1,356$51,893,1361Fox
2The Amazing Spider-Man$4,353,626-59%4,3180$1,008$204,853,9772Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$2,939,670-57%3,30347$890$162,196,9203Universal
4Brave$1,507,472-57%3,392-499$444$197,568,7914Disney
5Magic Mike$1,304,435-44%3,090-30$422$93,145,6333Warner Bros.
6Savages$1,198,925-61%2,6357$455$33,324,2152Universal
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$666,750-41%2,7322$244$19,320,2942Paramount
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$608,986-58%2,004-157$304$56,220,7073Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$500,165-56%2,285-576$219$204,401,5626Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$435,875-61%92440$472$32,918,8778Focus
2Marvel's The Avengers$188,724-55%747-378$253$613,849,21011Disney
3Snow White and the Huntsman$135,400-51%677-475$200$151,766,2007Universal
4Prometheus$126,730-57%559-546$227$124,434,1466Fox
5Men in Black 3$106,691-48%497-382$215$174,894,5898Sony / Columbia
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$101,209-55%655-1002$155$36,017,0514Fox
7People Like Us$95,284-57%961-1094$99$11,289,8203Disney / DreamWorks
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$84,309-60%342-17$247$43,125,13611Fox Searchlight
9The Hunger Games$42,133-49%212-16$199$404,906,78417Lionsgate
10Safety Not Guaranteed$39,919-62%18273$219$2,661,7436FilmDistrict
11Dark Shadows$34,165-50%239-64$143$77,302,35310Warner Bros.
12Battleship$33,060-51%228-21$145$64,768,0109Universal
13Rock of Ages$28,774-60%255-446$113$37,588,7605Warner Bros. / New Line
14What to Expect When You're Expecting$25,782-48%221-15$117$40,755,6629Lionsgate
15Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$21,840-41%168-7$130$213,767,73520Universal
16The Dictator$15,547-54%161-25$97$59,519,9749Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$91,380-64%8162$1,128$1,784,0553Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$49,045-27%520$943$5,571,85913Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$39,544-66%8323$476$3,621,0328Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$11,835-26%330$359$19,970,13767Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Three Stooges$11,797-40%72-4$164$44,064,83914Fox
6Mirror Mirror$9,177-25%91-28$101$64,766,24116Relativity Media
7For Greater Glory$8,675-62%423$207$5,503,2897ARC Entertainment
8The Obama Effect$4,251-67%25--$170$88,1471ARC Entertainment
9The Lucky One (2012)$2,871-44%41-31$70$60,446,10813Warner Bros.
10Easy Money (2012)$2,477-71%2--$1,239$30,2601Weinstein Company
11A Cat In Paris$2,413-64%18--$134$211,1637GKIDS
12Chernobyl Diaries$1,742-54%23-15$76$18,114,6718Warner Bros.
13Crooked Arrows$469-50%9-2$52$1,830,9449Branded/Peck Films