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. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$3,164,525-27%3,745--$845$49,508,9051Universal
2The Campaign$2,679,409-22%3,205--$836$35,845,1471Warner Bros.
3The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,303,636--2,551--$903$2,303,6360Disney
4The Dark Knight Rises$2,137,123-20%3,690-552$579$396,743,7024Warner Bros.
5Hope Springs (2012)$1,627,164-22%2,3610$689$24,394,6861Sony / Columbia
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,035,774-31%3,40110$305$34,011,4622Fox
7Total Recall (2012)$953,685-27%3,6010$265$47,375,2262Sony / Columbia
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$810,816-28%2,847-695$285$146,456,0675Fox
9Ted (2012)$388,555-22%1,943-642$200$211,142,4207Universal
10Step Up Revolution$334,287-32%1,898-708$176$31,453,4193Lionsgate / Summit
11The Amazing Spider-Man$262,987-34%1,395-821$189$256,422,2406Sony / Columbia
12The Watch$254,967-31%2,008-1160$127$32,326,5383Fox
13Brave$240,008-29%1,110-773$216$228,078,7798Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ek Tha Tiger$209,008--118--$1,771$209,0080Yash Raj Films
2Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$141,863-13%8000$177$2,644,5181ARC Entertainment
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$98,278-4%282-36$349$7,451,2007Fox Searchlight
4Moonrise Kingdom$96,066-4%447-240$215$42,362,84812Focus
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$68,078-31%306-198$222$211,917,40010Paramount / DreamWorks
6Magic Mike$67,235-20%450-752$149$112,452,6787Warner Bros.
7Ruby Sparks$59,552-22%252188$236$1,436,7413Fox Searchlight
8The Intouchables$56,743-8%1940$292$9,463,58312Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games$44,602-13%260-31$172$407,436,80221Lionsgate
10Snow White and the Huntsman$38,220-7%270-39$142$154,413,72011Universal
11Savages$31,050-33%318-246$98$46,923,4406Universal
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$28,564-7%167-63$171$45,457,14015Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$24,286-18%364-373$67$64,822,6187Lionsgate
14Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$23,374-26%202-75$116$25,156,1726Paramount
15Prometheus$16,688-15%141-57$118$126,101,99410Fox
16Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$12,645-17%130-35$97$37,220,6708Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$52,672-9%520$1,013$7,451,58117Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$17,6852%330$536$20,538,88371Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$10,66325%73-48$146$3,631,18810FilmDistrict
4Dark Shadows$3,670-7%45-87$82$79,722,91214Warner Bros.
5Easy Money (2012)$2,097-16%71$300$149,9195Weinstein Company
6Rock of Ages$2,034-9%57-88$36$38,515,9939Warner Bros. / New Line
7A Cat In Paris$718-38%12-2$60$290,56011GKIDS
8For Greater Glory$611-5%10-24$61$5,670,88411ARC Entertainment
9Mirror Mirror$356-7%456$8$64,934,73420Relativity Media