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. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,897,267-45%4,10055$1,682$156,938,5322Warner Bros. / New Line
2Jack Reacher$2,641,493-42%3,352--$788$17,851,6491Paramount
3This is 40$1,514,760-56%2,913--$520$13,093,9351Universal
4Rise of The Guardians$1,511,552-22%3,031-356$499$81,108,2305Paramount / DreamWorks
5Lincoln$1,276,379-33%2,2938$557$117,949,9777Disney / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$1,118,091-36%2,431--$460$8,433,6141Paramount
7Skyfall$1,081,745-35%2,365-559$457$281,041,0597Sony / Columbia
8Life of Pi$1,032,515-31%1,750-798$590$77,405,9965Fox
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$826,910-45%2,618--$316$7,086,5771Disney
10Wreck-It Ralph$515,895-17%1,444-805$357$172,257,4568Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$346,262-60%2,000-1042$173$281,978,9516Lionsgate / Summit
12Red Dawn (2012)$115,477-53%1,011-1239$114$42,742,2605FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$421,576-35%840--$502$2,703,9441Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$394,996-36%3710$1,065$20,256,2346Weinstein Company
3Argo$235,602-26%450-217$524$106,670,96511Warner Bros.
4Flight$142,549-36%742-1081$192$91,100,4078Paramount
5Anna Karenina (2012)$118,997-49%331-78$360$9,758,3716Focus
6Hitchcock$110,119-41%535-26$206$4,305,0875Fox Searchlight
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$68,392-48%851-1989$80$12,478,8553FilmDistrict
8Hotel Transylvania$49,047-52%301--$163$144,313,78713Sony / Columbia
9Here Comes the Boom$36,187-47%291--$124$42,972,66411Sony / Columbia
10Taken 2$27,572-55%275-64$100$138,497,29512Fox
11Killing Them Softly$21,693-44%149-1278$146$14,758,0244Weinstein Company
12Pitch Perfect$14,250-63%214-118$67$64,138,60813Universal
13The Perks of Being A Wallflower$11,317-56%14116$80$17,158,04714Lionsgate / Summit
14End of Watch$9,120-62%1720$53$40,603,65814Open Road
15The Collection$8,198-66%112-509$73$6,818,9524LD Entertainment
16Looper$4,835-54%100-90$48$66,401,78913Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$110,529-25%5--$22,106$756,6911Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$77,606-37%8650$902$994,1773Focus
3The Impossible$31,083-39%15--$2,072$174,9011Lionsgate / Summit
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$16,739-50%151$1,116$638,4205Warner Bros.
5The Sessions$15,632-46%98-53$160$5,390,64110Fox Searchlight
6Talaash$12,393-8%25-88$496$2,814,0584Reliance Entertainment
7To the Arctic 3D$10,239-38%520$197$10,318,10336Warner Bros. / IMAX
8A Late Quartet$10,201-41%39-7$262$1,175,7228Entertainment One / RKO
9Cloud Atlas$9,341-36%50-48$187$26,731,2429Warner Bros.
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,574-24%72-12$77$161,061,36424Fox
11Not Fade Away$5,475-16%3--$1,825$24,6571Paramount Vantage
12Alex Cross$4,406-50%94-81$47$25,805,69710Lionsgate / Summit
13Born to Be Wild 3D$3,996-41%300$133$21,555,66390Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Intouchables$3,3806%7-18$483$13,098,02631Weinstein Company
15The Master$2,926-17%13-1$225$15,936,37815Weinstein Company
16Sinister$2,426-73%93-91$26$47,990,42911Lionsgate / Summit
17Paranormal Activity 4$940-76%50-107$19$53,850,82810Paramount
18ParaNorman$555-64%23-38$24$55,979,49719Focus
19Arbitrage$411-68%5-5$82$7,899,57715Roadside Attractions