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, Dec. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$27,739,815-25%4,045--$6,858$64,865,3621Warner Bros. / New Line
2Rise of The Guardians$3,406,316124%3,387-252$1,006$68,872,0804Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$3,211,24066%2,285271$1,405$105,802,9786Disney / DreamWorks
4Skyfall$3,044,05667%2,924-477$1,041$270,229,9386Sony / Columbia
5Life of Pi$2,381,21471%2,548-398$935$67,929,5264Fox
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,256,23652%3,042-604$742$275,431,1125Lionsgate / Summit
7Wreck-It Ralph$1,544,383124%2,249-497$687$167,740,1177Disney
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,360,67735%2,8403$479$9,963,0482FilmDistrict
9Red Dawn (2012)$1,096,79557%2,250-504$487$40,289,4634FilmDistrict
10Flight$872,84366%1,823-608$479$88,908,2587Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$423,99143%1,427-997$297$13,853,3073Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$932,09160%3710$2,512$16,385,4915Weinstein Company
2Argo$541,82378%667-277$812$104,631,05110Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$486,78261%561380$868$2,753,8154Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$423,81551%409-13$1,036$8,063,1465Focus
5The Collection$226,05339%621-782$364$6,380,7803LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$133,52964%339-91$394$138,058,80911Fox
7Pitch Perfect$107,90044%332-55$325$63,806,34312Universal
8Talaash$76,09663%113-49$673$2,660,3313Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$66,20669%151-46$438$5,166,5179Fox Searchlight
10Looper$38,67355%190-42$204$66,279,08012Sony / TriStar
11Here Comes the Boom$38,26976%150-84$255$42,658,57010Sony / Columbia
12End of Watch$37,08341%172-1077$216$40,442,12413Open Road
13The Perks of Being A Wallflower$36,13639%125-50$289$16,982,72713Lionsgate / Summit
14Hotel Transylvania$35,744106%136-60$263$143,902,75812Sony / Columbia
15Alex Cross$34,49872%175-39$197$25,720,5899Lionsgate / Summit
16Sinister$34,16163%184107$186$47,895,23810Lionsgate / Summit
17Paranormal Activity 4$25,46882%157109$162$53,791,0629Paramount
18Seven Psychopaths$19,74648%100-41$197$14,977,38410CBS Films
19The Man With the Iron Fists$16,80060%105-76$160$15,596,4707Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$131,11866%3632$3,642$322,0222Focus
2The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$41,98757%14-3$2,999$426,2504Warner Bros.
3Cloud Atlas$34,10956%98-93$348$26,595,8738Warner Bros.
4A Late Quartet$23,48278%46-17$510$1,069,7077Entertainment One / RKO
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$23,033156%84-6$274$160,997,68123Fox
6To the Arctic 3D$14,2882%520$275$10,198,95235Warner Bros. / IMAX
7ParaNorman$13,786175%61-20$226$55,955,05618Focus
8The Intouchables$8,101114%2513$324$13,063,69930Weinstein Company
9Born to Be Wild 3D$7,88329%300$263$21,503,81489Warner Bros. / IMAX
10House at the End of the Street$5,44478%41-27$133$31,604,75213Relativity Media
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$5,43561%45-31$121$17,526,4378Open Road
12Hecho en Mexico$5,16266%10-16$516$140,0653Lionsgate / Pantelion
13The Master$3,94092%14-9$281$15,909,12714Weinstein Company
14Arbitrage$2,26323%10-15$226$7,888,29214Roadside Attractions
15This Must Be the Place$1,28748%3-2$429$141,3267Weinstein Company
16Let Fury Have the Hour$939-20%1--$939$2,1161CAVU Pictures