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 Sun, Sep. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$2,008,186-55%2,83418$709$33,166,5822Lionsgate
2Lawless$1,539,658-42%3,138250$491$23,525,4552Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$1,304,141-44%3,260-74$400$75,619,0384Lionsgate
4ParaNorman$1,251,134-40%2,856-229$438$45,452,8764Focus
5The Words$1,077,691-48%2,801--$385$4,750,8941CBS Films
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$948,477-48%2,71782$349$43,007,2084Disney
72016: Obama's America$902,422-33%2,017--$447$26,115,7179Rocky Mountain Pictures
8The Bourne Legacy$899,505-54%2,766-365$325$103,628,8255Universal
9The Dark Knight Rises$783,721-50%1,987-200$394$437,782,4828Warner Bros.
10The Campaign$750,822-54%2,542-399$295$79,320,6215Warner Bros.
11Hope Springs (2012)$646,652-51%2,437-4$265$57,519,6565Sony / Columbia
12Premium Rush$581,188-46%2,182-73$266$16,743,1043Sony / Columbia
13The Cold Light of Day$429,248-44%1,511--$284$1,831,5881Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$267,123-46%1,810-1060$148$12,503,7503Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$163,107-60%1,209-496$135$621,414,62719Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$493,271-33%267--$1,847$1,673,7311Paramount
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$248,990-44%763-273$326$157,173,6609Fox
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$238,365-45%931-273$256$46,742,1006Fox
4Brave$216,376-41%959-749$226$233,397,96412Disney
5Sparkle (2012)$188,254-51%873-384$216$23,374,1624Sony / TriStar
6The Amazing Spider-Man$152,736-43%416-85$367$260,571,24110Sony / Columbia
7Ted (2012)$121,025-54%515-46$235$216,858,06011Universal
8Total Recall (2012)$115,949-48%502-254$231$57,627,6936Sony / Columbia
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$110,698-42%345-160$321$215,240,16514Paramount / DreamWorks
10Beasts of the Southern Wild$94,388-44%2692$351$10,272,09111Fox Searchlight
11The Intouchables$76,238-50%19419$393$11,555,46416Weinstein Company
12Branded$58,979-33%307--$192$240,5891Roadside Attractions
13Moonrise Kingdom$56,612-49%2003$283$44,640,04816Focus
14Step Up Revolution$49,300-48%198-38$249$34,484,1027Lionsgate / Summit
15The Apparition$40,245-52%276-534$146$4,739,3623Warner Bros.
16The Watch$38,876-42%135-60$288$33,998,9007Fox
17Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$36,336-48%167-12$218$65,483,07911Lionsgate
18Men in Black 3$35,776-42%173-13$207$179,020,85416Sony / Columbia
19Magic Mike$20,689-50%202-66$102$113,578,73711Warner Bros.
20The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$20,118-48%1149$176$46,083,01919Fox Searchlight
21The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$14,920-17%281-1879$53$1,029,0502Kenn Viselman Presents

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$57,533-35%5633$1,027$450,0042Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$24,814-37%520$477$8,395,13521Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ruby Sparks$13,663-47%76-2$180$2,373,0737Fox Searchlight
4Cosmopolis$11,308-36%45-20$251$702,8424Entertainment One Films
5Safety Not Guaranteed$9,850-34%546$182$3,876,51914FilmDistrict
6Born to Be Wild 3D$7,891-18%330$239$20,816,62475Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Prometheus$7,421-44%48-7$155$126,429,11714Fox
8Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,450-35%39-10$140$37,498,90612Fox
9Joker$4,693-40%43-31$109$163,0702UTV Communications
10Mugamoodi$2,797-58%17-4$165$90,5762UTV Communications
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$2,177-53%22-9$99$3,360,7685ARC Entertainment
12A Cat In Paris$814-62%52$163$318,54315GKIDS
13Easy Money (2012)$158-51%20$79$188,8709Weinstein Company