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. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$2,163,690-33%3,316--$653$36,777,8341Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$1,444,905-28%3,7538$385$74,778,8402Universal
3The Campaign$1,257,872-26%3,25550$386$55,934,7492Warner Bros.
4ParaNorman$1,197,541-31%3,429--$349$18,487,8331Focus
5The Dark Knight Rises$1,196,744-20%3,157-533$379$413,861,7645Warner Bros.
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,060,608-30%2,59847$408$18,949,1101Disney
7Hope Springs (2012)$948,361-23%2,3610$402$38,154,4722Sony / Columbia
8Hit and Run$625,011--2,698--$232$625,0110Open Road
9Sparkle (2012)$619,949-35%2,244--$276$14,084,9291Sony / TriStar
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$401,571-34%2,308-1093$174$40,267,4703Fox
11Total Recall (2012)$368,070-28%2,151-1450$171$53,041,2753Sony / Columbia
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$340,027-32%1,930-917$176$151,418,6776Fox
13Ted (2012)$167,970-22%1,018-925$165$213,647,3708Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$105,940-18%576-534$184$229,471,1339Disney
2The Amazing Spider-Man$97,216-28%542-853$179$257,769,6647Sony / Columbia
3Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$91,210-27%406100$225$212,994,57011Paramount / DreamWorks
4Step Up Revolution$87,092-40%905-993$96$33,114,8904Lionsgate / Summit
5Moonrise Kingdom$78,9295%282-165$280$43,192,71813Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$71,585-3%230-52$311$8,324,4848Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$52,418-11%1940$270$10,042,17913Weinstein Company
8Ruby Sparks$32,219-26%194-58$166$1,907,1914Fox Searchlight
9The Watch$31,865-44%395-1613$81$33,200,5404Fox
10Magic Mike$30,647-27%255-195$120$112,825,7428Warner Bros.
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$27,801-36%298-502$93$3,194,0852ARC Entertainment
12Snow White and the Huntsman$25,620-5%244-26$105$154,737,52512Universal
13The Hunger Games$19,267-11%230-30$84$407,749,78422Lionsgate
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$17,279-11%120-47$144$45,643,36216Fox Searchlight
15Savages$14,630-14%154-164$95$47,104,9557Universal
16Prometheus$11,023-8%101-40$109$126,228,43911Fox
17Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$9,551-13%140-62$68$25,271,9347Paramount
18Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$8,962-9%105-25$85$37,334,8789Fox
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$7,726-34%199-165$39$64,986,5988Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$40,752-2%520$784$7,779,78018Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$11,825-6%330$358$20,616,45972Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cosmopolis$6,097-12%3--$2,032$287,3971Entertainment One Films
4Safety Not Guaranteed$6,0261%54-19$112$3,699,96611FilmDistrict
5Easy Money (2012)$1,420-11%5-2$284$170,2386Weinstein Company
6A Cat In Paris$802-9%7-5$115$296,59312GKIDS