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 Sun, Nov. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$14,232,730-33%3,752--$3,793$49,038,7121Disney
2Flight$6,109,512-43%1,884--$3,243$24,900,5661Paramount
3Argo$2,395,172-50%2,774-81$863$75,860,2404Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$1,849,320-39%1,868--$990$7,910,9801Universal
5Cloud Atlas$1,468,450-39%2,0135$729$18,391,7432Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$1,305,431-53%2,639-356$495$125,586,9295Fox
7Hotel Transylvania$1,195,628-43%2,922-354$409$137,477,4036Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 4$862,405-56%3,006-406$287$49,529,6823Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$846,498-49%2,314-177$366$35,500,2234Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$810,079-44%2,9330$276$13,880,2702Open Road
11Pitch Perfect$668,390-53%1,502-497$445$55,633,7036Universal
12Fun Size$588,679-44%3,0162$195$7,454,5792Paramount
13Sinister$563,604-55%1,882-465$299$44,276,8204Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$441,702-53%1,648-893$268$23,086,3153Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$320,216-42%2,03028$158$4,358,7522Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$291,447-48%622-114$469$13,059,2207Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$288,784-49%696-493$415$63,661,8046Sony / TriStar
3Frankenweenie$226,200-35%857-881$264$33,339,9195Disney
4Seven Psychopaths$186,476-45%459-544$406$13,411,7504CBS Films
5ParaNorman$73,183-32%246-34$297$55,231,34012Focus
6The Dark Knight Rises$68,440-43%2910$235$447,521,14716Warner Bros.
7The Master$47,617-46%138-63$345$15,511,3948Weinstein Company
8End of Watch$43,504-39%158-132$275$38,853,1897Open Road
9Trouble with the Curve$42,570-46%286-134$149$34,963,1787Warner Bros.
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$38,259-37%157-35$244$160,420,83017Fox
11Arbitrage$29,226-52%116-9$252$7,537,2848Roadside Attractions
12The Expendables 2$28,721-39%173-5$166$84,855,31312Lionsgate
13The Campaign$26,557-42%188-34$141$86,744,50313Warner Bros.
14The Possession$25,984-42%15573$168$48,982,12710Lionsgate
15Resident Evil: Retribution$25,383-31%131-67$194$42,257,8758Sony / Screen Gems
16The Bourne Legacy$22,185-55%153-38$145$113,165,63513Universal
17House at the End of the Street$12,662-65%128-174$99$31,181,2777Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$124,934-43%6949$1,811$943,2303Fox Searchlight
2Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$27,412-39%60--$457$95,3641UTV Communications
3To the Arctic 3D$23,819-26%520$458$9,532,32529Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$22,366-25%95-21$235$48,737,04714Fox
5A Late Quartet$22,148-30%9--$2,461$75,2791Entertainment One / RKO
6Born to Be Wild 3D$9,750-20%300$325$21,205,20583Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$9,556-39%70-77$137$3,286,3904Atlas Distribution
8The Intouchables$8,783-41%28-20$314$12,937,50424Weinstein Company
9Simon and the Oaks$7,592-48%13-1$584$119,0974The Film Arcade
10The Bay$4,896-43%23--$213$19,7471Roadside Attractions
11Won't Back Down$3,469-39%41-24$85$5,285,2076Fox
12This Must Be the Place$3,126-3%2--$1,563$7,7541Weinstein Company
13Lawless$2,732-52%35-61$78$37,365,76810Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,747-43%40$437$69,6245Roadside Attractions
15War of the Buttons (2012)$1,231-19%6-2$205$45,6024Weinstein Company
16The Other Dream Team$924-48%5-9$185$128,9776The Film Arcade
17Vamps$2025%1--$202$5481Anchor Bay Films