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 Sat, Jul. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$44,931,966-41%4,404--$10,203$120,686,8631Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,764,65915%3,8865$1,998$82,945,0882Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$4,254,57323%3,753-565$1,134$225,426,2043Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$3,888,94020%3,214-89$1,210$177,554,8954Universal
5Brave$2,289,03518%2,899-493$790$206,974,4185Disney
6Magic Mike$1,604,783-2%2,606-484$616$100,914,2004Warner Bros.
7Savages$1,284,80026%2,336-299$550$38,957,1553Universal
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$948,80133%1,540-464$616$59,698,4094Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$505,28611%1,261-1024$401$207,237,6187Paramount / DreamWorks
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$409,9032%1,123-1609$365$22,277,4233Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$747,69134%895-29$835$35,561,3649Focus
2Dark Shadows$548,32335%412173$1,331$78,365,61711Warner Bros.
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$314,79645%12948$2,440$2,623,1514Fox Searchlight
4Marvel's The Avengers$254,91334%495-252$515$614,883,01512Disney
5Snow White and the Huntsman$179,96042%409-268$440$152,468,6608Universal
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$172,97946%288-54$601$43,727,25812Fox Searchlight
7Prometheus$124,74137%312-247$400$125,018,6997Fox
8Rock of Ages$119,30227%32267$371$37,896,3656Warner Bros. / New Line
9Men in Black 3$108,15634%266-231$407$175,405,1519Sony / Columbia
10Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$74,64845%266-389$281$36,427,2995Fox
11The Hunger Games$72,44430%190-22$381$405,173,61418Lionsgate
12Safety Not Guaranteed$67,25557%124-58$542$2,893,5587FilmDistrict
13Battleship$49,88538%172-56$290$64,956,61510Universal
14What to Expect When You're Expecting$46,01328%192-29$240$40,922,81810Lionsgate
15The Pirates! Band of Misfits$42,32913%189-43$224$30,689,90713Sony / Columbia
16Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$30,895-3%167-1$185$213,926,12521Universal
17The Dictator$17,61524%105-56$168$59,601,04010Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$135,47962%918$1,489$6,978,3849Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$68,7393%520$1,322$5,916,89814Warner Bros. / IMAX
3That's My Boy$30,98729%84-88$369$36,914,0856Sony / Columbia
4Bol Bachchan$30,14759%46-52$655$1,134,6203Fox International Pictures
5Born to Be Wild 3D$22,699-10%330$688$20,066,71768Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Three Stooges$22,68030%53-19$428$44,146,93215Fox
7Mirror Mirror$12,09226%59-32$205$64,822,38317Relativity Media
8For Greater Glory$7,83535%33-9$237$5,548,9568ARC Entertainment
9Easy Money (2012)$6,36267%20$3,181$47,5522Weinstein Company
10A Cat In Paris$5,82498%180$324$226,5298GKIDS
1130 Beats$3,23211%15--$215$6,1481Roadside Attractions
12The Obama Effect$2,59115%21-4$123$101,6882ARC Entertainment