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 Thu, Oct. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$2,508,353-10%3,661--$685$64,258,8521Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$1,104,5437%3,3523$330$84,892,6172Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$1,011,0507%2,7702435$365$26,748,4632Universal
4Looper$933,620-6%2,9931$312$45,142,4252Sony / TriStar
5Frankenweenie$598,2301%3,005--$199$15,020,6681Disney
6End of Watch$360,012-10%2,370-410$152$34,672,1753Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$303,257-10%3,003-209$101$31,218,1093Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$210,625-3%2,720-363$77$28,686,0043Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$120,9138%1,746-893$69$39,727,2304Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$103,360-5%1,361-1020$76$41,512,1264Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$100,3010%2,5172$40$4,959,9832Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$136,7996%221119$619$3,985,4453Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$133,046-20%8648$154$13,096,9084Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$68,231-5%575-80$119$445,688,59712Warner Bros.
4Dredd 3D$68,014-7%831-1726$82$13,049,6963Lionsgate
5Arbitrage$42,601-25%244-12$175$6,309,8894Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$35,928-8%821-797$44$48,571,0246Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$31,2950%482-342$65$112,422,2809Universal
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$26,0947%534-653$49$50,325,0558Disney
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$22,94328%300-87$76$159,589,21013Fox
10Lawless$18,421-13%611-892$30$37,096,4536Weinstein Company
11Ted (2012)$17,7655%187-38$95$218,416,14515Universal
12The Campaign$14,388-15%303-327$47$86,338,5639Warner Bros.
13ParaNorman$14,30522%342-867$42$54,420,6128Focus
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$12,04124%257-75$47$48,318,56510Fox
15The Expendables 2$11,573-23%313-502$37$84,435,9908Lionsgate
16Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$9,68827%155-48$63$216,280,10818Paramount / DreamWorks
17Barfi!$7,031-33%110-17$64$2,741,9394UTV Communications

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$18,53636%520$356$9,034,46525Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$11,012-13%84-37$131$12,695,31120Weinstein Company
3Moonrise Kingdom$6,80514%9210$74$45,415,64820Focus
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$6,14919%51-18$121$11,127,01115Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,59428%330$139$21,002,28179Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,95241%12--$329$43,9281Roadside Attractions
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,095-39%18-14$116$46,355,20623Fox Searchlight
8For A Good Time, Call...$2,09415%43-41$49$1,251,7496Focus
9The Apparition$1,4269%38-27$38$4,936,8197Warner Bros.
10The Watch$1,313-24%32-14$41$34,339,70911Fox
11Safety Not Guaranteed$1,028-59%24-10$43$4,001,58418FilmDistrict
12Heroine$1,02138%18-79$57$598,6683UTV Communications
1310 Years$75723%21-42$36$203,6544Anchor Bay Films
14Thaandavam$730-47%21-24$35$197,8022UTV Communications
15Toys in the Attic$298-4%4-2$75$64,0955Hannover House
16Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$23050%6-1$38$3,377,6189ARC Entertainment