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 Wed, Aug. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$3,688,489-21%4,242-162$870$367,022,4933Warner Bros.
2Hope Springs (2012)$2,265,292--2,361--$959$2,265,2920Sony / Columbia
3Total Recall (2012)$2,263,587-29%3,601--$629$34,026,8911Sony / Columbia
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,720,108-25%3,391--$507$20,612,2191Fox
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,205,025-19%3,542-327$340$136,029,7464Fox
6The Watch$816,866-25%3,1680$258$28,423,7042Fox
7Step Up Revolution$786,914-29%2,60639$302$26,547,4942Lionsgate / Summit
8Ted (2012)$685,025-21%2,585-544$265$205,952,8106Universal
9The Amazing Spider-Man$580,285-24%2,216-944$262$252,768,5045Sony / Columbia
10Brave$468,501-14%1,883-668$249$224,944,6287Disney
11Magic Mike$192,324-30%1,202-873$160$111,618,2676Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$665,679--800--$832$665,6790ARC Entertainment
2Moonrise Kingdom$166,156-10%687-166$242$41,296,84211Focus
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$132,491-13%318110$417$6,308,8966Fox Searchlight
4Savages$101,520-33%564-850$180$46,475,8455Universal
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$91,785-20%504-304$182$211,160,9319Paramount / DreamWorks
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$70,390-25%737-374$96$64,391,4406Lionsgate
7The Hunger Games$67,749-3%291-19$233$406,900,77720Lionsgate
8The Intouchables$64,604-16%1940$333$8,859,35311Weinstein Company
9Snow White and the Huntsman$46,350-12%309-46$150$153,978,27510Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$45,009-19%230-46$196$45,164,54814Fox Searchlight
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$28,221-35%277-329$102$24,903,7395Paramount
12Prometheus$25,980-17%198-31$131$125,911,0679Fox
13Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$17,791-10%165-32$108$37,070,7097Fox
14Safety Not Guaranteed$17,659-14%121-28$146$3,523,7899FilmDistrict
15Dark Shadows$13,439-23%132-90$102$79,675,43913Warner Bros.
16Rock of Ages$7,893-14%145-157$54$38,479,2728Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$58,4583%520$1,124$7,022,15616Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$33,730-25%6451$527$763,6042Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$17,8947%330$542$20,389,56570Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Mirror Mirror$14,0524%39-17$360$64,918,99019Relativity Media
5Easy Money (2012)$2,650-9%61$442$122,1134Weinstein Company
6Soldiers of Fortune$2,549-35%50--$51$35,1961Roadside Attractions
7For Greater Glory$2,244-35%34-55$66$5,662,36610ARC Entertainment
8A Cat In Paris$1,9897%142$142$279,66410GKIDS