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 Tue, Aug. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$1,644,78021%3,35539$490$55,244,2992Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$1,077,93016%3,654-99$295$87,531,0353Universal
3ParaNorman$1,040,63716%3,45526$301$30,200,6842Focus
4The Odd Life of Timothy Green$907,26117%2,5980$349$28,757,6262Disney
5The Campaign$903,38610%3,30247$274$66,300,4023Warner Bros.
6The Dark Knight Rises$888,2387%2,606-551$341$423,976,6186Warner Bros.
7Premium Rush$789,45125%2,255--$350$7,450,1981Sony / Columbia
8Hope Springs (2012)$783,20030%2,40241$326$46,191,6313Sony / Columbia
9Hit and Run$573,57017%2,870--$200$6,783,0571Open Road
10Sparkle (2012)$412,76623%2,2440$184$19,404,9482Sony / TriStar
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$300,6718%1,965-772$153$43,463,3884Fox
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$283,33210%1,550-724$183$154,040,1327Fox
13Total Recall (2012)$224,08711%1,576-858$142$55,600,2474Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Apparition$231,2340%810--$285$3,303,2011Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$121,3653%783-386$155$215,001,6209Universal
3Brave$80,457-6%452-189$178$230,254,75310Disney
4The Amazing Spider-Man$75,56412%418-180$181$258,498,9438Sony / Columbia
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$65,43022%374-32$175$213,808,27912Paramount / DreamWorks
6Step Up Revolution$63,28123%428-477$148$33,817,8755Lionsgate / Summit
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$62,16314%212-24$293$8,976,4589Fox Searchlight
8The Intouchables$59,40435%1940$306$10,549,85014Weinstein Company
9Moonrise Kingdom$49,4532%33250$149$43,769,69114Focus
10Magic Mike$41,66726%355100$117$113,161,3059Warner Bros.
11Ruby Sparks$21,75016%135-83$161$2,145,8925Fox Searchlight
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$21,13331%112-16$189$45,791,10817Fox Searchlight
13The Watch$18,9835%250-263$76$33,502,3125Fox
14Snow White and the Huntsman$16,4906%194-50$85$154,949,26513Universal
15Savages$12,2855%117-37$105$47,226,2758Universal
16The Hunger Games$10,4304%189-41$55$407,904,45423Lionsgate
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$8,991-6%130-294$69$3,315,1383ARC Entertainment
18Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$4,4305%106-93$42$65,063,2709Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$32,284-8%520$621$8,023,24219Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cosmopolis$18,409-5%6360$292$486,1032Entertainment One Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$10,14411%330$307$20,695,14273Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Prometheus$7,8071%91-10$86$126,313,39412Fox
5Safety Not Guaranteed$6,49217%540$120$3,766,78112FilmDistrict
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,8589%75-30$78$37,408,35210Fox
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$4,1842%66-74$63$25,318,2108Paramount
8Easy Money (2012)$1,448110%50$290$182,3437Weinstein Company
9A Cat In Paris$769231%6-1$128$303,81313GKIDS