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 Thu, Dec. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,615,0275%4,045--$1,635$113,152,9001Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Guilt Trip$1,000,880-3%2,431--$412$2,030,6140Paramount
3Lincoln$893,8618%2,285271$391$111,147,8246Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$858,44539%3,387-252$253$73,794,2304Paramount / DreamWorks
5Skyfall$841,26313%2,717-684$310$275,091,7746Sony / Columbia
6Life of Pi$708,87014%2,208-738$321$72,356,2444Fox
7Monsters, Inc. 3D$706,068-9%2,618--$270$1,484,9810Disney
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$553,43512%3,042-604$182$279,005,7345Lionsgate / Summit
9Wreck-It Ralph$354,17441%1,863-883$190$169,922,5257Disney
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$255,2857%2,338-499$109$11,986,3582FilmDistrict
11Red Dawn (2012)$238,14028%1,547-1207$154$41,831,9034FilmDistrict
12Flight$183,6225%1,823-608$101$90,279,6877Paramount
13Killing Them Softly$81,3791%1,427-997$57$14,623,0873Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$271,5403%3710$732$18,080,0425Weinstein Company
2Argo$141,2908%667-277$212$105,535,67010Warner Bros.
3Anna Karenina (2012)$140,4482%388-34$362$8,970,1875Focus
4Hitchcock$119,130-4%549368$217$3,615,2924Fox Searchlight
5The Collection$36,192-3%621-782$58$6,730,5523LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$34,13319%300-130$114$138,265,10011Fox
7Pitch Perfect$30,5555%291-96$105$63,993,81312Universal
8The Sessions$19,4629%151-46$129$5,283,7879Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,02512%125-50$128$17,069,63613Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$15,1956%175-57$87$66,362,51712Sony / TriStar
11End of Watch$12,5663%172-1077$73$40,522,07213Open Road
12Talaash$11,517-14%113-49$102$2,766,1173Reliance Entertainment
13Sinister$11,0584%184107$60$47,959,84910Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$8,88018%175-39$51$25,773,9939Lionsgate / Summit
15Paranormal Activity 4$7,7946%157109$50$53,837,7479Paramount
16Seven Psychopaths$7,545-7%100-41$75$15,024,04910CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$104,164-17%5--$20,833$229,0120Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$27,856-13%3632$774$528,9922Focus
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$18,748-1%14-3$1,339$514,9574Warner Bros.
4Cloud Atlas$14,54610%98-93$148$26,682,0728Warner Bros.
5To the Arctic 3D$13,6261%520$262$10,261,05335Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Late Quartet$7,885-5%46-17$171$1,117,4287Entertainment One / RKO
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,27069%84-6$87$161,029,98923Fox
8The Man With the Iron Fists$5,460-8%91-90$60$15,634,0907Universal
9Born to Be Wild 3D$5,214-12%300$174$21,533,47589Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Intouchables$4,37533%2513$175$13,085,74530Weinstein Company
11The Master$3,01891%14-9$216$15,921,88414Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$2,71437%61-20$44$55,973,59318Focus
13Arbitrage$1,3947%10-15$139$7,895,58614Roadside Attractions
14House at the End of the Street$1,24214%41-27$30$31,611,91613Relativity Media
15Hecho en Mexico$1,003-30%10-16$100$151,1333Lionsgate / Pantelion
16This Must Be the Place$207-36%3-2$69$143,9797Weinstein Company