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 Wed, Nov. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$12,779,2879%4,070--$3,140$175,709,9691Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$7,401,97631%3,52621$2,099$177,997,3202Sony / Columbia
3Rise of The Guardians$4,837,243--3,653--$1,324$4,837,2430Paramount / DreamWorks
4Lincoln$4,213,21134%2,0182007$2,088$32,294,0802Disney / DreamWorks
5Red Dawn (2012)$4,164,915--2,679--$1,555$4,164,9150FilmDistrict
6Wreck-It Ralph$3,724,61532%3,259-493$1,143$130,226,5683Disney
7Life of Pi$3,645,051--2,902--$1,256$3,645,0510Fox
8Flight$1,269,04610%2,638591$481$64,791,2423Paramount
9Argo$577,134-4%1,255-1508$460$93,580,9136Warner Bros.
10Here Comes the Boom$92,336-58%1,350-694$68$41,441,6156Sony / Columbia
11Hotel Transylvania$72,513-54%1,248-1318$58$143,084,6588Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$661,5931058%367--$1,803$1,211,2361Weinstein Company
2Jab Tak Hai Jaan$171,68224%1644$1,047$2,328,3241Yash Raj Films
3Pitch Perfect$171,465-38%497-894$345$61,704,4788Universal
4Taken 2$159,892-51%739-1748$216$135,362,7907Fox
5The Sessions$102,681-13%510382$201$3,132,0145Fox Searchlight
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$86,272-35%242-365$356$15,874,3159Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloud Atlas$73,160-56%258-1765$284$25,287,2144Warner Bros.
8Looper$48,95933%293-198$167$65,224,3318Sony / TriStar
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$44,21326%456-1446$97$17,237,0714Open Road
10The Man With the Iron Fists$40,310-69%205-1667$197$14,949,7053Universal
11ParaNorman$20,3413%173-25$118$55,690,50814Focus
12A Late Quartet$19,268-5%10038$193$586,2473Entertainment One / RKO
13Sinister$18,058-75%127-1427$142$47,597,3046Lionsgate / Summit
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$16,09519%116-31$139$160,730,40519Fox
15Trouble with the Curve$15,579-19%140-281$111$35,576,8549Warner Bros.
16The Dark Knight Rises$14,7805%160-83$92$447,951,40018Warner Bros.
17House at the End of the Street$14,234-11%13860$103$31,399,1619Relativity Media
18Alex Cross$13,115-66%144-946$91$25,276,2835Lionsgate / Summit
19Fun Size$12,737-46%388-913$33$9,204,5764Paramount
20Paranormal Activity 4$9,221-85%108-2240$85$53,615,9045Paramount
21The Campaign$1,934-49%101-37$19$86,906,27615Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$121,130232%63--$1,923$511,4791Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$18,1635%520$349$9,867,90131Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Seven Psychopaths$16,832-40%78-278$216$14,523,8026CBS Films
4Chasing Mavericks$14,477-56%75-384$193$5,692,4314Fox
5End of Watch$9,46510%75-50$126$39,152,3839Open Road
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$8,565-3%62-20$138$48,893,89616Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$7,232-6%300$241$21,339,36285Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Intouchables$6,59846%26-8$254$13,018,53026Weinstein Company
9The Master$5,006-38%25-63$200$15,808,18610Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$4,591-35%80-7$57$7,779,36010Roadside Attractions
11This Must Be the Place$4,25467%8-3$532$97,5903Weinstein Company
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$620-39%15-28$41$3,328,3576Atlas Distribution
13Lawless$456-58%11-9$41$37,391,35512Weinstein Company