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. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$9,718,097-16%4,1000$2,370$221,626,8823Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$9,064,973-20%3,010--$3,012$63,443,1531Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$8,216,880-16%2,814--$2,920$66,720,1601Universal
4Parental Guidance$4,161,474-22%3,367--$1,236$29,342,7451Fox
5Jack Reacher$3,868,080-26%3,3520$1,154$44,157,3492Paramount
6This is 40$3,715,350-21%2,9141$1,275$36,431,3502Universal
7Lincoln$2,194,977-20%1,966-327$1,116$131,867,1598Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$1,972,132-18%2,4310$811$20,957,8182Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,865,454-19%2,6180$713$18,573,9012Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$1,384,202-19%2,055-976$674$90,139,4216Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$1,374,361-18%1,637-728$840$289,529,9108Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$1,197,822-14%1,178-572$1,017$84,650,4536Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$724,915-16%1,191-809$609$286,039,0657Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,263,523-17%745374$1,696$27,330,0367Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$777,733-12%8400$926$7,426,9262Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$527,124-21%913-531$577$175,505,3329Disney
4Argo$308,226-22%345-105$893$108,425,96012Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$175,916-8%218-113$807$10,705,8667Focus
6Hotel Transylvania$161,077-26%3010$535$145,210,31614Sony / Columbia
7Flight$126,466-28%400-342$316$91,873,2369Paramount
8Hitchcock$121,787-14%349-186$349$4,985,6796Fox Searchlight
9Red Dawn (2012)$119,636-16%425-586$281$43,393,7526FilmDistrict
10Here Comes the Boom$91,184-29%252-39$362$43,532,08912Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$67,932-30%232-43$293$138,897,49413Fox
12Pitch Perfect$45,750-22%183-31$250$64,403,57814Universal
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$35,544-22%268-583$133$12,687,6774FilmDistrict
14The Perks of Being A Wallflower$30,270-10%125-16$242$17,311,82915Lionsgate / Summit
15End of Watch$26,864-25%162-10$166$40,754,64615Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$145,943-9%84-2$1,737$1,737,9964Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$110,554-1%50$22,111$1,368,9862Sony / Columbia
3The Impossible$60,112-15%150$4,007$482,9232Lionsgate / Summit
4Promised Land (2012)$48,414-33%25--$1,937$173,9151Focus
5To the Arctic 3D$35,014-25%520$673$10,496,12837Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sessions$23,763-19%80-18$297$5,514,70111Fox Searchlight
7A Late Quartet$18,464-13%37-2$499$1,267,1549Entertainment One / RKO
8Not Fade Away$17,595-18%1916$926$95,8072Paramount Vantage
9Born to Be Wild 3D$12,722-21%300$424$21,623,58591Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Sinister$12,396-16%82-11$151$48,056,94012Lionsgate / Summit
11Killing Them Softly$12,328-24%68-81$181$14,830,6215Weinstein Company
12Looper$12,317-20%84-16$147$66,468,31514Sony / TriStar
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,587-27%62-10$187$161,130,05625Fox
14Alex Cross$10,252-31%77-17$133$25,863,91511Lionsgate / Summit
15Cloud Atlas$9,505-11%45-5$211$26,781,80610Warner Bros.
16Paranormal Activity 4$6,321-23%500$126$53,884,82111Paramount
17The Intouchables$5,725-16%114$520$13,126,94132Weinstein Company
18Talaash$5,5985%16-9$350$2,851,1445Reliance Entertainment
19The Master$4,307-15%130$331$15,956,66216Weinstein Company
20The Collection$3,487-33%17-95$205$6,842,0585LD Entertainment
21ParaNorman$2,426-35%22-2$110$55,994,55720Focus
22Arbitrage$2,370-1%72$339$7,908,73316Roadside Attractions
23The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$2,208-60%150$147$665,4266Warner Bros.