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, Oct. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$2,782,072-30%3,661--$760$61,750,4991Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$1,032,484-26%3,3523$308$83,788,0742Sony / Columbia
3Looper$989,893-22%2,9931$331$44,208,8052Sony / TriStar
4Pitch Perfect$941,800-22%2,7702435$340$25,737,4132Universal
5Frankenweenie$590,395-22%3,005--$196$14,422,4381Disney
6End of Watch$398,847-13%2,370-410$168$34,312,1633Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$338,498-16%3,003-209$113$30,914,8523Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$217,589-17%2,720-363$80$28,475,3793Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$111,914-9%1,746-893$64$39,606,3174Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$109,040-13%1,361-1020$80$41,408,7664Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$100,041-21%2,5172$40$4,859,8622Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$166,909-12%8648$193$12,963,8624Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$129,430-10%221119$586$3,848,6463Lionsgate / Summit
3Dredd 3D$73,506-23%831-1726$88$12,981,6823Lionsgate
4The Dark Knight Rises$71,874-4%575-80$125$445,620,36612Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$57,123-20%244-12$234$6,267,2884Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$39,095-8%821-797$48$48,535,0966Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$31,330-7%482-342$65$112,390,9859Universal
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$24,459-9%534-653$46$50,298,9618Disney
9Lawless$21,271-15%611-892$35$37,078,0326Weinstein Company
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$17,924-29%300-87$60$159,566,26713Fox
11The Campaign$16,927-1%303-327$56$86,324,1759Warner Bros.
12Ted (2012)$16,8850%187-38$90$218,398,38015Universal
13The Expendables 2$14,976-11%313-502$48$84,424,4178Lionsgate
14ParaNorman$11,687-9%342-867$34$54,406,3078Focus
15Barfi!$10,426-12%110-17$95$2,734,9084UTV Communications
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$9,748-24%257-75$38$48,306,52410Fox
17Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$7,651-18%155-48$49$216,270,42018Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$13,5855%520$261$9,015,92925Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$12,586-13%84-37$150$12,684,29920Weinstein Company
3Moonrise Kingdom$5,961-46%9210$65$45,408,84320Focus
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$5,1544%51-18$101$11,120,86215Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$3,599-15%330$109$20,997,68779Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,41061%18-14$189$46,353,11123Fox Searchlight
7Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$2,800-1%12--$233$39,9761Roadside Attractions
8Safety Not Guaranteed$2,532-6%24-10$106$4,000,55618FilmDistrict
9For A Good Time, Call...$1,81621%43-41$42$1,249,6556Focus
10The Watch$1,717-24%32-14$54$34,338,39611Fox
11Thaandavam$1,386-60%21-24$66$197,0722UTV Communications
12The Apparition$1,309-2%38-27$34$4,935,3937Warner Bros.
13Heroine$738-52%18-79$41$597,6473UTV Communications
1410 Years$6166%21-42$29$202,8964Anchor Bay Films
15Toys in the Attic$31122%4-2$78$63,7975Hannover House
16Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$153-3%6-1$26$3,377,3889ARC Entertainment