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, Dec. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,327,187-19%4,045--$1,564$106,537,8731Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Guilt Trip$1,029,734--2,431--$424$1,029,7340Paramount
3Lincoln$825,863-12%2,285271$361$110,253,9636Disney / DreamWorks
4Monsters, Inc. 3D$778,913--2,618--$298$778,9130Disney
5Skyfall$742,693-16%2,717-684$273$274,250,5116Sony / Columbia
6Life of Pi$620,616-27%2,208-738$281$71,647,3744Fox
7Rise of The Guardians$619,375-16%3,387-252$183$72,935,7854Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$494,274-19%3,042-604$162$278,452,2995Lionsgate / Summit
9Wreck-It Ralph$251,624-25%1,863-883$135$169,568,3517Disney
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$239,566-43%2,338-499$102$11,731,0732FilmDistrict
11Red Dawn (2012)$186,029-32%1,547-1207$120$41,593,7634FilmDistrict
12Flight$175,393-35%1,823-608$96$90,096,0657Paramount
13Killing Them Softly$80,235-54%1,427-997$56$14,541,7083Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$264,076-15%3710$712$17,808,5025Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$137,279-19%388-34$354$8,829,7395Focus
3Argo$131,016-20%667-277$196$105,394,38010Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$124,684-24%549368$227$3,496,1624Fox Searchlight
5The Collection$37,129-47%621-782$60$6,694,3603LD Entertainment
6Pitch Perfect$29,095-12%291-96$100$63,963,25812Universal
7Taken 2$28,609-21%300-130$95$138,230,96711Fox
8The Sessions$17,803-17%151-46$118$5,264,3259Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$14,363-15%125-50$115$17,053,61113Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$14,299-2%175-57$82$66,347,32212Sony / TriStar
11Talaash$13,431-43%113-49$119$2,754,6003Reliance Entertainment
12End of Watch$12,200-13%172-1077$71$40,509,50613Open Road
13Sinister$10,625-2%184107$58$47,948,79110Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$8,085-17%100-41$81$15,016,50410CBS Films
15Alex Cross$7,552-22%175-39$43$25,765,1139Lionsgate / Summit
16Paranormal Activity 4$7,387-1%157109$47$53,829,9539Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$124,848--5--$24,970$124,8480Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$32,115-1%3632$892$501,1362Focus
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$18,85413%14-3$1,347$496,2094Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$13,490-17%520$259$10,247,42735Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Cloud Atlas$13,258-22%98-93$135$26,667,5268Warner Bros.
6A Late Quartet$8,3404%46-17$181$1,109,5437Entertainment One / RKO
7Born to Be Wild 3D$5,944-3%300$198$21,528,26189Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Man With the Iron Fists$5,915-25%91-90$65$15,628,6307Universal
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$4,3029%84-6$51$161,022,71923Fox
10The Intouchables$3,286-47%2513$131$13,081,37030Weinstein Company
11ParaNorman$1,982-2%61-20$32$55,970,87918Focus
12The Master$1,580-33%14-9$113$15,918,86614Weinstein Company
13Hecho en Mexico$1,4432%10-16$144$150,1303Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Arbitrage$1,2995%10-15$130$7,894,19214Roadside Attractions
15House at the End of the Street$1,0897%41-27$27$31,610,67413Relativity Media
16This Must Be the Place$324-46%3-2$108$143,7727Weinstein Company