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 Mon, Dec. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,738,293-61%4,045--$1,913$92,355,5961Warner Bros. / New Line
2Lincoln$805,916-57%2,285271$353$108,493,2356Disney / DreamWorks
3Skyfall$701,272-59%2,924-477$240$272,623,0676Sony / Columbia
4Life of Pi$603,315-63%2,548-398$237$70,175,7874Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$523,728-62%3,042-604$172$277,349,8715Lionsgate / Summit
6Rise of The Guardians$493,963-78%3,387-252$146$71,579,2314Paramount / DreamWorks
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$332,962-57%2,8403$117$11,070,4972FilmDistrict
8Wreck-It Ralph$257,756-74%2,249-497$115$168,979,3487Disney
9Flight$232,100-55%1,823-608$127$89,650,8047Paramount
10Red Dawn (2012)$230,197-63%2,250-504$102$41,134,5024FilmDistrict
11Killing Them Softly$144,793-50%1,427-997$101$14,285,2253Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$255,344-57%3710$688$17,234,6675Weinstein Company
2Argo$144,133-56%667-277$216$105,099,21210Warner Bros.
3Anna Karenina (2012)$142,370-55%409-13$348$8,522,8875Focus
4Hitchcock$135,825-57%561380$242$3,207,6964Fox Searchlight
5The Collection$66,874-52%621-782$108$6,587,6683LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$33,689-54%339-91$99$138,166,18211Fox
7Pitch Perfect$31,540-50%332-55$95$63,900,96312Universal
8The Sessions$16,443-61%151-46$109$5,224,9819Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$14,364-43%125-50$115$17,022,37713Lionsgate / Summit
10End of Watch$13,350-52%172-1077$78$40,483,28613Open Road
11Looper$13,344-49%190-42$70$66,318,38912Sony / TriStar
12Talaash$11,181-76%113-49$99$2,717,6643Reliance Entertainment
13Sinister$9,925-55%184107$54$47,927,36910Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$8,874-28%100-41$89$14,998,63510CBS Films
15Alex Cross$8,176-57%175-39$47$25,747,9339Lionsgate / Summit
16Paranormal Activity 4$6,906-60%157109$44$53,815,1409Paramount
17The Man With the Iron Fists$6,295-48%105-76$60$15,614,8407Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$31,659-62%3632$879$436,4752Focus
2Cloud Atlas$13,949-49%98-93$142$26,637,1728Warner Bros.
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$11,221-52%14-3$802$460,6634Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$9,6556%520$186$10,217,72335Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$8,846-40%46-17$192$1,093,1847Entertainment One / RKO
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,86525%300$229$21,516,17089Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,096-77%84-6$37$161,014,48723Fox
8The Master$2,417-28%14-9$173$15,914,91614Weinstein Company
9The Intouchables$1,974-68%2513$79$13,071,87530Weinstein Company
10ParaNorman$1,934-80%61-20$32$55,966,86918Focus
11Hecho en Mexico$1,336-77%10-16$134$147,2723Lionsgate / Pantelion
12House at the End of the Street$965-66%41-27$24$31,608,56313Relativity Media
13Arbitrage$956-60%10-15$96$7,891,65714Roadside Attractions
14This Must Be the Place$610-33%3-2$203$142,8527Weinstein Company