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. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,919,722-29%4,1000$1,688$228,546,6043Warner Bros. / New Line
2Les Miserables (2012)$6,247,080-24%2,814--$2,220$72,967,2401Universal
3Django Unchained$5,162,458-43%3,010--$1,715$68,605,6111Weinstein Company
4Parental Guidance$4,650,60512%3,367--$1,381$33,993,3501Fox
5Jack Reacher$3,393,293-12%3,3520$1,012$47,550,6422Paramount
6This is 40$2,520,610-32%2,9141$865$38,951,9602Universal
7Lincoln$2,321,9386%1,966-327$1,181$134,189,0978Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$1,813,103-8%2,4310$746$22,770,9212Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,440,079-23%2,6180$550$20,013,9802Disney
10Skyfall$1,345,069-2%1,637-728$822$290,904,2718Sony / Columbia
11Rise of The Guardians$1,198,238-13%2,055-976$583$91,337,6596Paramount / DreamWorks
12Life of Pi$989,363-17%1,178-572$840$85,639,8166Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$383,828-47%1,191-809$322$286,422,8937Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,128,950-11%745374$1,515$28,458,9867Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$663,915-15%8400$790$8,090,8412Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$484,687-8%913-531$531$175,990,0199Disney
4Argo$294,960-4%345-105$855$108,720,92012Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$119,139-32%218-113$547$10,825,0057Focus
6Hotel Transylvania$111,374-31%3010$370$145,321,69014Sony / Columbia
7Hitchcock$105,528-13%349-186$302$5,091,2076Fox Searchlight
8Flight$105,315-17%400-342$263$91,978,5519Paramount
9Red Dawn (2012)$74,300-38%425-586$175$43,468,0526FilmDistrict
10Here Comes the Boom$67,567-26%252-39$268$43,599,65612Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$38,885-43%232-43$168$138,936,37913Fox
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$30,240-15%268-583$113$12,717,9174FilmDistrict
13Pitch Perfect$23,790-48%183-31$130$64,427,36814Universal
14The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,228-46%125-16$130$17,328,05715Lionsgate / Summit
15End of Watch$12,088-55%162-10$75$40,766,73415Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$151,9014%84-2$1,808$1,889,8974Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$73,746-33%50$14,749$1,442,7322Sony / Columbia
3Promised Land (2012)$52,4458%25--$2,098$226,3601Focus
4The Impossible$45,880-24%150$3,059$528,8032Lionsgate / Summit
5To the Arctic 3D$22,497-36%520$433$10,518,62537Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Not Fade Away$16,517-6%1916$869$112,3242Paramount Vantage
7The Sessions$14,609-39%80-18$183$5,529,31011Fox Searchlight
8A Late Quartet$13,809-25%37-2$373$1,280,9639Entertainment One / RKO
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,543-18%62-10$154$161,139,59925Fox
10Born to Be Wild 3D$9,006-29%300$300$21,632,59191Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Looper$6,727-45%84-16$80$66,475,04214Sony / TriStar
12Killing Them Softly$6,009-51%68-81$88$14,836,6305Weinstein Company
13Alex Cross$5,573-46%77-17$72$25,869,48811Lionsgate / Summit
14The Intouchables$5,262-8%114$478$13,132,20332Weinstein Company
15Sinister$4,616-63%82-11$56$48,061,55612Lionsgate / Summit
16Cloud Atlas$3,867-59%45-5$86$26,785,67310Warner Bros.
17The Master$2,905-33%130$223$15,959,56716Weinstein Company
18Talaash$2,865-49%16-9$179$2,854,0095Reliance Entertainment
19Paranormal Activity 4$2,173-66%500$43$53,886,99411Paramount
20The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$1,916-13%150$128$667,3426Warner Bros.
21ParaNorman$1,431-41%22-1$65$55,995,98820Focus
22Arbitrage$880-63%72$126$7,909,61316Roadside Attractions