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 Fri, Nov. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$13,506,640--3,752--$3,600$13,506,6401Disney
2Flight$8,151,438--1,884--$4,327$8,151,4381Paramount
3The Man With the Iron Fists$3,054,180--1,868--$1,635$3,054,1801Universal
4Argo$3,003,416128%2,774-81$1,083$68,654,5534Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$1,817,721169%2,639-356$689$121,485,1575Fox
6Cloud Atlas$1,510,93279%2,0135$751$14,523,3612Warner Bros.
7Paranormal Activity 4$1,451,808152%3,006-406$483$46,729,0223Paramount
8Hotel Transylvania$1,125,51885%2,922-354$385$134,193,1366Sony / Columbia
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$1,040,02396%2,9330$355$11,635,1802Open Road
10Here Comes the Boom$1,009,743129%2,314-177$436$32,981,8234Sony / Columbia
11Pitch Perfect$968,790149%1,502-497$645$53,538,4136Universal
12Sinister$908,851114%1,882-465$483$42,451,2254Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$657,385145%3,0162$218$5,817,3282Paramount
14Alex Cross$575,32035%1,648-893$349$21,703,2753Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$360,45262%2,03028$178$3,490,4682Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$384,884106%622-114$619$12,202,2347Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$359,55143%696-493$517$62,810,5726Sony / TriStar
3Seven Psychopaths$211,6853%459-544$461$12,884,2414CBS Films
4Frankenweenie$191,4558%857-881$223$32,765,2945Disney
5The Dark Knight Rises$70,909158%2910$244$447,332,31616Warner Bros.
6Trouble with the Curve$60,098111%286-134$210$34,841,9437Warner Bros.
7ParaNorman$49,220200%246-34$200$55,051,25212Focus
8The Master$45,09831%138-63$327$15,375,8938Weinstein Company
9End of Watch$43,4879%158-132$275$38,738,3667Open Road
10The Bourne Legacy$33,660121%153-38$220$113,093,72513Universal
11Arbitrage$32,42470%116-9$280$7,446,6928Roadside Attractions
12The Campaign$31,91896%188-34$170$86,672,22513Warner Bros.
13The Expendables 2$26,938121%173-5$156$84,779,63912Lionsgate
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$26,916138%157-35$171$160,322,00617Fox
15The Possession$24,1911149%15573$156$48,911,70910Lionsgate
16House at the End of the Street$24,168110%128-174$189$31,132,6017Relativity Media
17Resident Evil: Retribution$22,108--131-67$169$42,195,4398Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$123,899293%6949$1,796$598,8173Fox Searchlight
2Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$22,978--60--$383$22,9781UTV Communications
3To the Arctic 3D$21,74267%520$418$9,476,13229Warner Bros. / IMAX
4A Late Quartet$21,430--9--$2,381$21,4301Entertainment One / RKO
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$11,029178%95-21$116$48,684,90314Fox
6Born to Be Wild 3D$9,75047%300$325$21,183,20583Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$9,472-22%70-77$135$3,261,0514Atlas Distribution
8The Intouchables$7,53514%28-20$269$12,913,76624Weinstein Company
9Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$6,7831067%40$1,696$64,8125Roadside Attractions
10Simon and the Oaks$6,642--13-1$511$96,8724The Film Arcade
11The Bay$6,316--23--$275$6,3161Roadside Attractions
12Lawless$4,49916%35-61$129$37,357,36410Weinstein Company
13Won't Back Down$3,906127%41-24$95$5,276,0346Fox
14The Other Dream Team$2,085--5-9$417$126,2816The Film Arcade
15This Must Be the Place$1,396--2--$698$1,3961Weinstein Company
16War of the Buttons (2012)$98432%6-2$164$42,8504Weinstein Company
17Vamps$154--1--$154$1541Anchor Bay Films