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 Sat, Nov. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$21,299,34258%3,752--$5,677$34,805,9821Disney
2Flight$10,639,61631%1,884--$5,647$18,791,0541Paramount
3Argo$4,810,51560%2,774-81$1,734$73,465,0684Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$3,007,480-2%1,868--$1,610$6,061,6601Universal
5Taken 2$2,796,34154%2,639-356$1,060$124,281,4985Fox
6Cloud Atlas$2,399,93259%2,0135$1,192$16,923,2932Warner Bros.
7Hotel Transylvania$2,088,63986%2,922-354$715$136,281,7756Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 4$1,938,25534%3,006-406$645$48,667,2773Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$1,671,90266%2,314-177$723$34,653,7254Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$1,435,01138%2,9330$489$13,070,1912Open Road
11Pitch Perfect$1,426,90047%1,502-497$950$54,965,3136Universal
12Sinister$1,261,99139%1,882-465$671$43,713,2164Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$1,048,57260%3,0162$348$6,865,9002Paramount
14Alex Cross$941,33864%1,648-893$571$22,644,6133Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$548,06852%2,03028$270$4,038,5362Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$565,53947%622-114$909$12,767,7737Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$562,44856%696-493$808$63,373,0206Sony / TriStar
3Frankenweenie$348,42582%857-881$407$33,113,7195Disney
4Seven Psychopaths$341,03361%459-544$743$13,225,2744CBS Films
5The Dark Knight Rises$120,93171%2910$416$447,452,70716Warner Bros.
6ParaNorman$106,905117%246-34$435$55,158,15712Focus
7The Master$87,88495%138-63$637$15,463,7778Weinstein Company
8Trouble with the Curve$78,66531%286-134$275$34,920,6087Warner Bros.
9End of Watch$71,31964%158-132$451$38,809,6857Open Road
10Arbitrage$61,36689%116-9$529$7,508,0588Roadside Attractions
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$60,565125%157-35$386$160,382,57117Fox
12The Bourne Legacy$49,72548%153-38$325$113,143,45013Universal
13The Expendables 2$46,95374%173-5$271$84,826,59212Lionsgate
14The Campaign$45,72143%188-34$243$86,717,94613Warner Bros.
15The Possession$44,43484%15573$287$48,956,14310Lionsgate
16Resident Evil: Retribution$37,05368%131-67$283$42,232,4928Sony / Screen Gems
17House at the End of the Street$36,01449%128-174$281$31,168,6157Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$219,47977%6949$3,181$818,2963Fox Searchlight
2Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$44,97496%60--$750$67,9301UTV Communications
3To the Arctic 3D$32,37449%520$623$9,508,50629Warner Bros. / IMAX
4A Late Quartet$31,70148%9--$3,522$53,1311Entertainment One / RKO
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$29,778170%95-21$313$48,714,68114Fox
6Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$15,78267%70-77$225$3,276,8334Atlas Distribution
7The Intouchables$14,95598%28-20$534$12,928,72124Weinstein Company
8Simon and the Oaks$14,633120%13-1$1,126$111,5054The Film Arcade
9Born to Be Wild 3D$12,25026%300$408$21,195,45583Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Bay$8,53535%23--$371$14,8511Roadside Attractions
11Won't Back Down$5,70446%41-24$139$5,281,7386Fox
12Lawless$5,67226%35-61$162$37,363,03610Weinstein Company
13This Must Be the Place$3,232132%2--$1,616$4,6281Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,065-55%40$766$67,8775Roadside Attractions
15The Other Dream Team$1,772-15%5-9$354$128,0536The Film Arcade
16War of the Buttons (2012)$1,52155%6-2$254$44,3714Weinstein Company
17Vamps$19225%1--$192$3461Anchor Bay Films