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 Mon, Sep. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lawless$558,505-64%3,138250$178$24,083,9602Weinstein Company
2The Possession$554,808-72%2,83418$196$33,721,3902Lionsgate
32016: Obama's America$520,000-42%2,017270$258$26,635,7179Rocky Mountain Pictures
4The Expendables 2$378,741-71%3,260-74$116$75,997,7794Lionsgate
5The Words$336,704-69%2,801--$120$5,087,5981CBS Films
6The Bourne Legacy$290,430-68%2,766-365$105$103,919,2555Universal
7The Campaign$257,181-66%2,542-399$101$79,577,8025Warner Bros.
8The Dark Knight Rises$251,430-68%1,987-200$127$438,033,9128Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$231,330-64%2,437-4$95$57,750,9865Sony / Columbia
10ParaNorman$187,284-85%2,856-229$66$45,640,1604Focus
11Premium Rush$176,769-70%2,182-73$81$16,919,8733Sony / Columbia
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$166,391-82%2,71782$61$43,173,5994Disney
13The Cold Light of Day$145,300-66%1,511--$96$1,976,8881Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$103,212-61%1,810-1060$57$12,606,9623Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$46,138-72%1,209-496$38$621,460,76519Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$151,520-69%267--$567$1,825,2511Paramount
2Sparkle (2012)$58,917-69%873-384$67$23,433,0794Sony / TriStar
3Ted (2012)$46,350-62%515-46$90$216,904,41011Universal
4Brave$37,908-82%959-749$40$233,435,87212Disney
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$33,875-64%2692$126$10,305,96611Fox Searchlight
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$32,961-87%763-273$43$157,206,6219Fox
7The Intouchables$26,034-66%19419$134$11,581,49816Weinstein Company
8Branded$23,434-60%307--$76$264,0231Roadside Attractions
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$22,502-91%931-273$24$46,764,6026Fox
10Moonrise Kingdom$21,982-61%2003$110$44,662,03016Focus
11Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$16,844-85%345-160$49$215,257,00914Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Watch$13,323-66%135-60$99$34,012,2237Fox
13The Apparition$12,079-70%276-534$44$4,751,4413Warner Bros.
14Step Up Revolution$9,552-81%198-38$48$34,493,6547Lionsgate / Summit
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$8,511-58%1149$75$46,091,53019Fox Searchlight
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$8,451-77%167-12$51$65,491,53011Lionsgate
17The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$7,847-47%281-1879$28$1,036,8972Kenn Viselman Presents
18Magic Mike$7,583-63%202-66$38$113,586,32011Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$22,198-61%5633$396$472,2022Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$11,455-54%520$220$8,406,59021Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ruby Sparks$4,963-64%76-2$65$2,378,0367Fox Searchlight
4Cosmopolis$4,302-62%45-20$96$707,1444Entertainment One Films
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,105-48%330$124$20,820,72975Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Prometheus$3,563-52%48-7$74$126,432,68014Fox
7Safety Not Guaranteed$3,011-69%546$56$3,879,53014FilmDistrict
8Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,773-67%39-10$45$37,500,67912Fox
9Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,175-46%22-9$53$3,361,9435ARC Entertainment
10Joker$920-80%43-31$21$163,9902UTV Communications
11Mugamoodi$843-70%17-4$50$91,4192UTV Communications
12The Day$145--2-10$73$20,6472Anchor Bay Films
13A Cat In Paris$132-84%52$26$318,67515GKIDS
14Easy Money (2012)$28-82%20$14$188,8989Weinstein Company