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 Fri, Jul. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$17,734,54534%4,4040$4,027$242,745,9042Warner Bros.
2Step Up Revolution$4,929,590--2,567--$1,920$4,929,5901Lionsgate / Summit
3The Watch$4,487,725--3,168--$1,417$4,487,7251Fox
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$4,030,76325%3,869-17$1,042$105,577,9773Fox
5Ted (2012)$2,174,65556%3,129-85$695$188,440,2555Universal
6The Amazing Spider-Man$1,895,45620%3,160-593$600$237,148,0664Sony / Columbia
7Brave$1,253,79613%2,551-348$491$214,278,3156Disney
8Magic Mike$895,12617%2,075-531$431$105,901,9815Warner Bros.
9Savages$487,830-3%1,414-922$345$42,633,4004Universal
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$392,81739%1,111-429$354$61,820,1145Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$363,49425%853-42$426$37,569,99310Focus
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$266,104-11%808-453$329$208,936,5048Paramount / DreamWorks
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$222,464113%20879$1,070$3,503,3545Fox Searchlight
4Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$174,472-30%606-517$288$23,760,3694Paramount
5The Hunger Games$152,478339%310120$492$405,515,86119Lionsgate
6Snow White and the Huntsman$115,37561%355-54$325$152,982,6109Universal
7The Intouchables$111,906129%194103$577$7,368,47410Weinstein Company
8Dark Shadows$90,3500%222-190$407$79,153,65012Warner Bros.
9The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$84,76815%276-12$307$44,221,03213Fox Searchlight
10Prometheus$56,9429%229-83$249$125,374,8618Fox
11Men in Black 3$54,673--187-79$292$175,713,19310Sony / Columbia
12Rock of Ages$51,25522%302-20$170$38,179,7417Warner Bros. / New Line
13Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$46,55634%197-69$236$36,667,1216Fox
14Safety Not Guaranteed$45,49287%14925$305$3,078,7598FilmDistrict
15Battleship$26,61024%140-32$190$65,105,26011Universal
16The Pirates! Band of Misfits$25,988--151-38$172$30,850,91114Sony / Columbia
17What to Expect When You're Expecting$20,6133%139-53$148$41,053,48511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$67,936-3%520$1,306$6,288,24115Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$34,55170%13--$2,658$74,3871Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$20,9493%330$635$20,172,60569Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Killer Joe$11,846--3--$3,949$11,8461LD Entertainment
5For Greater Glory$9,875146%8956$111$5,581,9139ARC Entertainment
6Home Run Showdown$7,335--1--$7,335$7,3351Image Entertainment
7Bol Bachchan$5,703--24-22$238$1,196,9774Fox International Pictures
8Mirror Mirror$5,285-23%56-3$94$64,859,06418Relativity Media
9Easy Money (2012)$5,008151%53$1,002$66,6123Weinstein Company
10A Cat In Paris$2,11226%12-6$176$248,8139GKIDS
11The Obama Effect$684--2-19$342$109,2823ARC Entertainment
1230 Beats$25--2-13$13$14,6052Roadside Attractions