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 Sun, Aug. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$11,238,166-21%4,242-162$2,649$353,935,0943Warner Bros.
2Total Recall (2012)$7,137,896-24%3,601--$1,982$25,577,7581Sony / Columbia
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,732,065-26%3,391--$1,101$14,623,5991Fox
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,722,517-19%3,542-327$769$132,071,8994Fox
5The Watch$2,049,906-20%3,1680$647$25,541,1182Fox
6Step Up Revolution$1,816,598-17%2,60639$697$23,724,6112Lionsgate / Summit
7Ted (2012)$1,743,210-23%2,767-362$630$203,579,9156Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man$1,412,497-19%2,425-735$582$250,740,6485Sony / Columbia
9Brave$996,246-16%2,110-441$472$223,420,2547Disney
10Magic Mike$398,429-26%1,202-873$331$110,928,6776Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$380,743-28%687-166$554$40,779,12711Focus
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$361,725-27%318110$1,138$5,883,5606Fox Searchlight
3Savages$337,920-11%704-710$480$46,078,6455Universal
4Men in Black 3$204,196-22%326139$626$176,626,90711Sony / Columbia
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$202,984-9%504-304$403$210,852,3429Paramount / DreamWorks
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$186,850-42%737-374$254$64,142,2536Lionsgate
7The Intouchables$181,908-27%1940$938$8,648,79111Weinstein Company
8The Hunger Games$127,512-26%291-19$438$406,697,22420Lionsgate
9The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$106,052-18%230-46$461$45,014,05514Fox Searchlight
10Snow White and the Huntsman$95,790-25%309-46$310$153,829,95510Universal
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$65,197-15%277-329$235$24,789,0975Paramount
12Prometheus$56,201-14%198-31$284$125,826,9429Fox
13Safety Not Guaranteed$48,658-31%121-28$402$3,464,5519FilmDistrict
14Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$44,448-11%165-32$269$37,014,0757Fox
15Dark Shadows$34,127-19%132-90$259$79,628,02413Warner Bros.
16The Pirates! Band of Misfits$19,721-22%112-39$176$31,051,12615Sony / Columbia
17Rock of Ages$18,848-33%145-157$130$38,452,3338Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ruby Sparks$119,150-31%6451$1,862$638,6832Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$71,250-2%520$1,370$6,855,60116Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$18,871-20%330$572$20,339,95170Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Soldiers of Fortune$8,423-10%50--$168$24,9781Roadside Attractions
5Easy Money (2012)$6,835-28%61$1,139$114,2344Weinstein Company
6For Greater Glory$6,19110%34-55$182$5,654,16510ARC Entertainment
7A Cat In Paris$3,772-26%142$269$274,08810GKIDS
8Mirror Mirror$2,181-12%39-17$56$64,890,59519Relativity Media