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 Thu, Jul. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$13,202,371-4%4,404--$2,998$225,011,3591Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,230,84215%3,8865$831$101,547,2142Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$1,580,1747%3,753-565$421$235,252,6103Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$1,398,0906%3,214-89$435$186,265,6004Universal
5Brave$1,108,65819%2,899-493$382$213,024,5195Disney
6Magic Mike$762,4593%2,606-484$293$105,006,8554Warner Bros.
7Savages$501,3357%2,336-299$215$42,145,5703Universal
8Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$298,32833%1,261-1024$237$208,670,4007Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$281,9966%1,540-464$183$61,427,2974Lionsgate
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$250,65413%1,123-1609$223$23,585,8973Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$291,63412%895-29$326$37,206,4999Focus
2Marvel's The Avengers$110,15718%495-252$223$615,483,85112Disney
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$104,2194%12948$808$3,280,8904Fox Searchlight
4Dark Shadows$90,559-22%412173$220$79,063,30011Warner Bros.
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$73,5018%288-54$255$44,136,26412Fox Searchlight
6Snow White and the Huntsman$71,57513%409-268$175$152,867,2358Universal
7Prometheus$52,43912%312-247$168$125,317,9197Fox
8Rock of Ages$41,9152%32267$130$38,128,4866Warner Bros. / New Line
9Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$34,7615%266-389$131$36,620,5655Fox
10The Hunger Games$34,7184%190-22$183$405,363,38318Lionsgate
11Safety Not Guaranteed$24,3637%124-58$196$3,033,2677FilmDistrict
12Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$22,54517%167-1$135$214,030,50021Universal
13Battleship$21,5009%172-56$125$65,078,65010Universal
14What to Expect When You're Expecting$20,0894%192-29$105$41,032,87210Lionsgate
15The Dictator$8,63310%105-56$82$59,650,22210Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$69,8129%520$1,343$6,220,30514Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$48,7734%918$536$7,256,5689Weinstein Company
3Ruby Sparks$20,2794%13--$1,560$39,8360Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$20,2598%330$614$20,151,65668Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Three Stooges$8,448-14%53-19$159$44,195,65615Fox
6Mirror Mirror$6,84121%59-32$116$64,853,77917Relativity Media
7For Greater Glory$4,00917%33-9$121$5,572,0378ARC Entertainment
8Easy Money (2012)$1,998-5%20$999$61,6042Weinstein Company
9The Imposter$1,71626%1--$1,716$47,3912Indomina Releasing
10A Cat In Paris$1,67416%180$93$237,5218GKIDS