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. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lawless$1,136,084--2,565--$443$1,136,0840Weinstein Company
2The Expendables 2$1,062,193-35%3,35539$317$56,306,4922Lionsgate
3The Bourne Legacy$732,900-32%3,490-263$210$88,263,9353Universal
4The Dark Knight Rises$669,125-25%2,606-551$257$424,645,7436Warner Bros.
5ParaNorman$644,841-38%3,45526$187$30,845,5252Focus
6The Campaign$641,208-29%3,30247$194$66,941,6103Warner Bros.
7Hope Springs (2012)$593,541-24%2,40241$247$46,785,1723Sony / Columbia
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$558,766-38%2,5980$215$29,316,3922Disney
9Premium Rush$458,220-42%2,255--$203$7,908,4181Sony / Columbia
10Hit and Run$355,613-38%2,870172$124$7,138,6701Open Road
11Sparkle (2012)$262,729-36%2,020-224$130$19,667,6772Sony / TriStar
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$152,810-49%1,547-761$99$43,616,1984Fox
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$148,551-48%1,211-719$123$154,188,6837Fox
14Total Recall (2012)$131,945-41%1,326-825$100$55,732,1924Sony / Columbia
15The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$102,564--2,160--$47$102,5640Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Apparition$161,486-30%810--$199$3,464,6871Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$81,480-33%679-339$120$215,083,1009Universal
3Brave$60,032-25%452-124$133$230,314,78510Disney
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$54,917-12%2322$237$9,031,3759Fox Searchlight
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$50,641-23%374-32$135$213,858,92012Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Amazing Spider-Man$49,984-34%368-174$136$258,548,9278Sony / Columbia
7Moonrise Kingdom$45,367-8%33250$137$43,815,05814Focus
8The Intouchables$41,664-30%1940$215$10,591,51414Weinstein Company
9Magic Mike$35,251-15%355100$99$113,196,5569Warner Bros.
10Step Up Revolution$32,544-49%428-477$76$33,850,4195Lionsgate / Summit
11The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$17,953-15%106-14$169$45,809,06117Fox Searchlight
12Ruby Sparks$17,182-21%119-75$144$2,163,0745Fox Searchlight
13The Watch$15,867-16%250-145$63$33,518,1795Fox
14Snow White and the Huntsman$13,580-18%194-50$70$154,962,84513Universal
15Savages$10,530-14%117-37$90$47,236,8058Universal
16The Hunger Games$9,197-12%189-41$49$407,913,65123Lionsgate
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$5,028-44%130-168$39$3,320,1663ARC Entertainment
18Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$3,448-22%106-93$33$65,066,7189Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$28,144-13%520$541$8,051,38619Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cosmopolis$15,768-14%6360$250$501,8712Entertainment One Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$9,125-10%330$277$20,704,26773Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Prometheus$8,57410%91-10$94$126,321,96812Fox
5Safety Not Guaranteed$6,6152%540$123$3,773,39612FilmDistrict
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,315-9%75-30$71$37,413,66710Fox
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$3,870-8%66-74$59$25,322,0808Paramount
8The Day$1,412--12--$118$1,4120Anchor Bay Films
9Easy Money (2012)$1,256-13%50$251$183,5997Weinstein Company
10A Cat In Paris$276-64%6-1$46$304,08913GKIDS