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, Dec. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$1,162,08331%3,401-62$342$263,450,5325Sony / Columbia
2Life of Pi$1,002,93546%2,94618$340$62,638,9493Fox
3Lincoln$941,12420%2,014-4$467$98,863,9955Disney / DreamWorks
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$856,92820%3,646-362$235$270,260,1314Lionsgate / Summit
5Rise of The Guardians$631,41031%3,639-33$174$62,887,3463Paramount / DreamWorks
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$578,75239%2,837--$204$6,745,9731FilmDistrict
7Killing Them Softly$403,51332%2,4240$166$12,539,3872Weinstein Company
8Flight$378,30530%2,431-172$156$86,872,8266Paramount
9Red Dawn (2012)$365,05723%2,754-27$133$37,902,2643FilmDistrict
10Wreck-It Ralph$318,99427%2,746-341$116$164,973,9696Disney
11The Collection$145,4447%1,4030$104$5,736,9952LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$110,09618%1,2491225$88$40,192,92212Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$247,46430%3710$667$14,402,1224Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$215,69826%42238$511$6,989,4554Focus
3Argo$164,17727%944-99$174$103,453,0719Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$88,99427%181131$492$1,820,8003Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$42,222118%162-12$261$2,490,4922Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$38,54815%430-66$90$137,772,43210Fox
7The Sessions$29,13613%197-29$148$5,003,3488Fox Searchlight
8Pitch Perfect$28,89024%387-16$75$63,569,51811Universal
9Cloud Atlas$26,10521%191-3$137$26,500,6677Warner Bros.
10Looper$18,29419%232--$79$66,179,79011Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,65629%175-14$95$16,887,92712Lionsgate / Summit
12Alex Cross$13,93425%214100$65$25,642,9848Lionsgate / Summit
13The Man With the Iron Fists$13,57525%1817$75$15,546,4956Universal
14Seven Psychopaths$12,15448%141-21$86$14,924,2589CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,25516%520$197$10,148,15734Warner Bros. / IMAX
2A Late Quartet$10,07216%63-11$160$1,014,4016Entertainment One / RKO
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$8,79425%171$517$330,6053Warner Bros.
4Hyde Park on Hudson$7,340-9%4--$1,835$96,7611Focus
5Sinister$4,77328%77-11$62$47,832,3489Lionsgate / Summit
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,65850%300$155$21,483,68588Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,00417%76-48$40$17,513,0027Open Road
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,995-14%90-12$33$160,959,70622Fox
9Hecho en Mexico$2,90319%2614$112$126,8182Lionsgate / Pantelion
10ParaNorman$2,712-8%81-23$33$55,931,44917Focus
11Chasing Mavericks$2,629-10%67-12$39$5,880,1067Fox
12The Master$2,24382%230$98$15,899,21513Weinstein Company
13The Dark Knight Rises$2,09410%62-18$34$448,134,64021Warner Bros.
14Trouble with the Curve$2,0332%71-29$29$35,758,58212Warner Bros.
15Arbitrage$1,96447%25-10$79$7,880,73813Roadside Attractions
16Fun Size$1,9382%80-36$24$9,406,2527Paramount
17House at the End of the Street$1,716-13%68-40$25$31,592,62112Relativity Media
18Paranormal Activity 4$1,70313%48-22$35$53,748,6298Paramount
19Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$8832353%2--$442$84,79510Roadside Attractions
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$76222%47-5$16$48,986,17819Fox
21This Must Be the Place$7062%5-2$141$137,7406Weinstein Company
22The Rabbi's Cat$58466%1--$584$5,2371GKIDS
23The Intouchables$48350%12-7$40$13,049,88429Weinstein Company