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. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$24,712,41739%4,4040$5,611$267,458,3212Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,328,03432%3,869-17$1,377$110,906,0113Fox
3The Watch$4,706,1415%3,168--$1,486$9,193,8661Fox
4Step Up Revolution$3,903,301-21%2,567--$1,521$8,832,8911Lionsgate / Summit
5Ted (2012)$3,019,48539%3,129-85$965$191,459,7405Universal
6The Amazing Spider-Man$2,763,87946%3,160-593$875$239,911,9454Sony / Columbia
7Brave$1,713,52337%2,551-348$672$215,991,8386Disney
8Magic Mike$1,056,44918%2,075-531$509$106,958,4305Warner Bros.
9Savages$742,35052%1,414-922$525$43,375,7504Universal
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$568,81145%1,111-429$512$62,388,9255Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$622,82571%853-42$730$38,192,81810Focus
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$401,58081%20879$1,931$3,904,9345Fox Searchlight
3Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$353,91033%808-453$438$209,290,4148Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Intouchables$230,056106%194103$1,186$7,598,53010Weinstein Company
5The Hunger Games$203,71934%310120$657$405,719,58019Lionsgate
6Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$202,54216%606-517$334$23,962,9114Paramount
7Snow White and the Huntsman$163,30042%355-54$460$153,145,9109Universal
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$144,94771%276-12$525$44,365,97913Fox Searchlight
9Dark Shadows$128,63242%222-190$579$79,282,28212Warner Bros.
10Prometheus$84,71749%229-83$370$125,459,5788Fox
11Men in Black 3$76,22539%187-79$408$175,789,41810Sony / Columbia
12Safety Not Guaranteed$70,78456%14925$475$3,149,5438FilmDistrict
13Rock of Ages$70,41837%302-20$233$38,250,1597Warner Bros. / New Line
14Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$65,18040%197-69$331$36,732,3016Fox
15Battleship$38,50545%140-32$275$65,143,76511Universal
16The Pirates! Band of Misfits$31,58722%151-38$209$30,882,49814Sony / Columbia
17What to Expect When You're Expecting$27,75035%139-53$200$41,081,23511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$69,3252%520$1,333$6,357,56615Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$63,33083%13--$4,872$137,7171Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$24,17715%330$733$20,196,78269Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Killer Joe$14,06419%3--$4,688$25,9101LD Entertainment
5For Greater Glory$13,23534%8956$149$5,595,1489ARC Entertainment
6Bol Bachchan$11,803107%24-22$492$1,208,7804Fox International Pictures
7Easy Money (2012)$10,000100%53$2,000$76,6123Weinstein Company
8Mirror Mirror$5,6647%56-3$101$64,864,72818Relativity Media
9A Cat In Paris$4,264102%12-6$355$253,0779GKIDS
10Home Run Showdown$563-92%1--$563$7,8981Image Entertainment
11The Obama Effect$524-23%2-19$262$109,8063ARC Entertainment
1230 Beats$23-8%2-13$12$14,6282Roadside Attractions