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, Dec. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$19,751,941-29%4,045--$4,883$84,617,3031Warner Bros. / New Line
2Rise of The Guardians$2,213,188-35%3,387-252$653$71,085,2684Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$1,884,341-41%2,285271$825$107,687,3196Disney / DreamWorks
4Skyfall$1,691,857-44%2,924-477$579$271,921,7956Sony / Columbia
5Life of Pi$1,642,946-31%2,548-398$645$69,572,4724Fox
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,395,031-38%3,042-604$459$276,826,1435Lionsgate / Summit
7Wreck-It Ralph$981,475-36%2,249-497$436$168,721,5927Disney
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$774,487-43%2,8403$273$10,737,5352FilmDistrict
9Red Dawn (2012)$614,842-44%2,250-504$273$40,904,3054FilmDistrict
10Flight$510,446-42%1,823-608$280$89,418,7047Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$287,125-32%1,427-997$201$14,140,4323Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$593,832-36%3710$1,601$16,979,3235Weinstein Company
2Argo$324,028-40%667-277$486$104,955,07910Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$318,056-35%561380$567$3,071,8714Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$317,371-25%409-13$776$8,380,5175Focus
5The Collection$140,014-38%621-782$225$6,520,7943LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$73,684-45%339-91$217$138,132,49311Fox
7Pitch Perfect$63,080-42%332-55$190$63,869,42312Universal
8Talaash$46,152-39%113-49$408$2,706,4833Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$42,021-37%151-46$278$5,208,5389Fox Searchlight
10End of Watch$27,812-25%172-1077$162$40,469,93613Open Road
11Looper$25,965-33%190-42$137$66,305,04512Sony / TriStar
12The Perks of Being A Wallflower$25,286-30%125-50$202$17,008,01313Lionsgate / Summit
13Sinister$22,206-35%184107$121$47,917,44410Lionsgate / Summit
14Here Comes the Boom$21,589-44%150-84$144$42,680,15910Sony / Columbia
15Hotel Transylvania$21,062-41%136-60$155$143,923,82012Sony / Columbia
16Alex Cross$19,168-44%175-39$110$25,739,7579Lionsgate / Summit
17Paranormal Activity 4$17,172-33%157109$109$53,808,2349Paramount
18Seven Psychopaths$12,377-37%100-41$124$14,989,76110CBS Films
19The Man With the Iron Fists$12,075-28%105-76$115$15,608,5457Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$82,794-37%3632$2,300$404,8162Focus
2Cloud Atlas$27,350-20%98-93$279$26,623,2238Warner Bros.
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$23,192-45%14-3$1,657$449,4424Warner Bros.
4A Late Quartet$14,632-38%46-17$318$1,084,3397Entertainment One / RKO
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,710-40%84-6$163$161,011,39123Fox
6ParaNorman$9,879-28%61-20$162$55,964,93518Focus
7To the Arctic 3D$9,116-36%520$175$10,208,06835Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Intouchables$6,202-23%2513$248$13,069,90130Weinstein Company
9Hecho en Mexico$5,87114%10-16$587$145,9363Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Born to Be Wild 3D$5,491-30%300$183$21,509,30589Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Master$3,372-14%14-9$241$15,912,49914Weinstein Company
12House at the End of the Street$2,846-48%41-27$69$31,607,59813Relativity Media
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$2,720-50%45-31$60$17,529,1578Open Road
14Arbitrage$2,4096%10-15$241$7,890,70114Roadside Attractions
15Let Fury Have the Hour$1,27035%1--$1,270$3,3861CAVU Pictures
16This Must Be the Place$916-29%3-2$305$142,2427Weinstein Company