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 Tue, Nov. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$4,750,81360%3,752--$1,266$56,750,6571Disney
2Flight$2,228,12714%1,884--$1,183$29,078,7581Paramount
3Argo$851,47418%2,774-81$307$77,431,2274Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$727,79013%1,868--$390$9,283,2301Universal
5Cloud Atlas$518,57614%2,0135$258$19,365,2332Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$509,93016%2,639-356$193$126,536,5745Fox
7Hotel Transylvania$460,56785%2,922-354$158$138,187,3156Sony / Columbia
8Here Comes the Boom$369,31653%2,314-177$160$36,110,6124Sony / Columbia
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$364,35518%2,9330$124$14,553,4012Open Road
10Paranormal Activity 4$320,1322%3,006-406$106$50,163,5643Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$284,63518%1,502-497$190$56,158,6586Universal
12Fun Size$231,63843%3,0162$77$7,847,7302Paramount
13Sinister$214,341-5%1,882-465$114$44,717,2944Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$188,78825%1,648-893$115$23,426,2703Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$136,48925%2,03028$67$4,604,4462Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Looper$120,92022%696-493$174$63,882,1326Sony / TriStar
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$118,4819%622-114$190$13,286,5127Lionsgate / Summit
3Seven Psychopaths$78,97314%459-544$172$13,559,9034CBS Films
4Frankenweenie$73,79232%857-881$86$33,469,7525Disney
5Trouble with the Curve$23,23656%286-134$81$35,001,3097Warner Bros.
6The Dark Knight Rises$23,009-18%2910$79$447,572,21616Warner Bros.
7ParaNorman$22,81644%246-34$93$55,270,02712Focus
8End of Watch$17,20513%158-132$109$38,885,6207Open Road
9The Master$15,876-5%138-63$115$15,543,9808Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$13,73068%116-9$118$7,559,1788Roadside Attractions
11The Campaign$11,30212%188-34$60$86,765,89613Warner Bros.
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,11142%157-35$71$160,439,78117Fox
13The Expendables 2$10,22412%173-5$59$84,874,66312Lionsgate
14The Bourne Legacy$10,0059%153-38$65$113,184,82013Universal
15The Possession$8,060-2%15573$52$48,998,42110Lionsgate
16House at the End of the Street$5,256-5%128-174$41$31,192,0657Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$39,608-2%6949$574$1,023,1063Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$12,64928%520$243$9,554,87729Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$7,704-26%9--$856$93,4311Entertainment One / RKO
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7,413144%95-21$78$48,747,49414Fox
5Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$6,78644%60--$113$106,8641UTV Communications
6Born to Be Wild 3D$5,6275%300$188$21,216,19483Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$3,37810%70-77$48$3,292,8424Atlas Distribution
8The Intouchables$3,1335%28-20$112$12,943,60724Weinstein Company
9The Bay$2,5698%23--$112$24,6871Roadside Attractions
10Won't Back Down$2,01329%41-24$49$5,288,7816Fox
11Lawless$1,47216%35-61$42$37,368,50710Weinstein Company
12This Must Be the Place$1,304-5%2--$652$10,4301Weinstein Company
13War of the Buttons (2012)$536-28%6-2$89$46,8834Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$351-34%40$88$70,5065Roadside Attractions
15Vamps$67458%1--$67$6271Anchor Bay Films