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, Jan. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$4,551,813-51%3,0100$1,512$82,385,3101Weinstein Company
2The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$4,449,012-53%4,1000$1,085$242,450,3373Warner Bros. / New Line
3Les Miserables (2012)$3,601,920-53%2,8146$1,280$84,181,0301Universal
4Parental Guidance$2,142,142-54%3,3678$636$40,798,5661Fox
5Jack Reacher$1,945,286-54%3,3520$580$53,760,9792Paramount
6This is 40$1,748,395-52%2,9141$600$44,357,4252Universal
7Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,073,493-45%2,6180$410$23,031,8242Disney
8Lincoln$1,046,468-58%1,9660$532$137,698,8888Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$956,623-54%2,4310$394$25,791,4102Paramount
10Rise of The Guardians$879,143-43%2,0550$428$93,770,7706Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$746,695-47%1,6370$456$293,046,8168Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$659,243-50%1,17867$560$87,610,3466Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$377,388-38%1,1918$317$287,405,2617Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$643,415-52%7450$864$30,455,9997Weinstein Company
2Wreck-It Ralph$376,623-39%9130$413$176,983,6039Disney
3Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$358,461-56%8400$427$9,267,1852Paramount
4Argo$141,319-56%3450$410$109,184,60312Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$89,012-45%218-19$408$11,076,6977Focus
6Flight$62,179-53%4000$155$92,174,0629Paramount
7Hitchcock$59,762-52%349-2$171$5,276,3676Fox Searchlight
8Red Dawn (2012)$55,578-53%42523$131$43,640,6946FilmDistrict
9Taken 2$37,477-43%232-8$162$139,039,25513Fox
10Pitch Perfect$30,195-27%183-7$165$64,498,73814Universal
11Playing For Keeps (2012)$21,406-45%2680$80$12,777,9464FilmDistrict
12The Perks of Being A Wallflower$21,072-25%125-1$169$17,377,19415Lionsgate / Summit
13End of Watch$16,245-36%162-10$100$40,808,36315Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$77,604-33%50$15,521$1,636,6752Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$62,488-61%845$744$2,113,3304Focus
3The Impossible$29,852-57%150$1,990$628,6442Lionsgate / Summit
4Promised Land (2012)$25,464-63%25--$1,019$319,7821Focus
5To the Arctic 3D$23,14440%520$445$10,558,32237Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Late Quartet$11,229-22%37-2$303$1,306,5229Entertainment One / RKO
7The Sessions$11,095-49%805$139$5,562,05211Fox Searchlight
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$8,390-37%62-2$135$161,161,24525Fox
9Born to Be Wild 3D$8,255-20%300$275$21,651,11991Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Sinister$7,650-28%820$93$48,079,85712Lionsgate / Summit
11Not Fade Away$7,592-60%1916$400$138,9462Paramount Vantage
12Killing Them Softly$7,136-46%680$105$14,857,0915Weinstein Company
13Alex Cross$4,692-51%771$61$25,883,82611Lionsgate / Summit
14Paranormal Activity 4$4,341-17%500$87$53,896,54111Paramount
15Cloud Atlas$4,243-42%450$94$26,797,27710Warner Bros.
16The Intouchables$2,886-58%114$262$13,141,91832Weinstein Company
17Talaash$2,714-55%16-9$170$2,862,7265Reliance Entertainment
18The Master$2,556-41%130$197$15,966,45516Weinstein Company
19ParaNorman$2,196-25%22-1$100$56,001,12220Focus
20Arbitrage$1,049-45%72$150$7,912,58416Roadside Attractions