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, Jan. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$1,872,463-65%3,0100$622$108,152,5852Weinstein Company
2The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,311,112-72%3,755-345$349$265,146,0054Warner Bros. / New Line
3Les Miserables (2012)$1,263,240-70%2,90490$435$104,766,2802Universal
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,146,753-68%2,654--$432$22,891,2231Lionsgate
5Jack Reacher$713,741-68%3,288-64$217$65,410,9553Paramount
6This is 40$630,165-68%2,93117$215$54,885,3603Universal
7Parental Guidance$583,083-75%3,3681$173$52,922,7812Fox
8Lincoln$411,362-71%1,901-65$216$144,500,4089Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$335,252-69%2,312-119$145$31,447,1343Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$275,780-71%1,6761651$165$4,671,2192Focus
11Monsters, Inc. 3D$269,709-76%2,103-515$128$28,251,2633Disney
12Skyfall$220,644-69%1,307-330$169$297,025,0109Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$179,918-77%1,507-548$119$97,407,5857Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$288,746-69%7450$388$34,965,5158Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$226,039-71%965-213$234$91,265,5277Fox
3The Impossible$216,026-72%572557$378$3,628,4393Lionsgate / Summit
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$108,673-71%817-23$133$10,987,0353Paramount
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$102,106-68%825-366$124$289,235,4628Lionsgate / Summit
6Hyde Park on Hudson$84,198-70%222138$379$3,294,0835Focus
7Wreck-It Ralph$79,005-77%709-204$111$178,580,64510Disney
8Argo$54,047-73%302-43$179$110,160,96613Warner Bros.
9Anna Karenina (2012)$35,818-65%163-55$220$11,573,5818Focus
10Not Fade Away$25,474-63%565546$45$442,3603Paramount Vantage
11Flight$20,996-66%250-150$84$92,509,36210Paramount
12Taken 2$16,772-68%213-19$79$139,301,53614Fox
13Hitchcock$15,367-62%118-231$130$5,504,2637Fox Searchlight
14Red Dawn (2012)$14,190-65%252-173$56$43,891,2337FilmDistrict
15Cloud Atlas$11,688-60%155110$75$26,914,93011Warner Bros.
16Pitch Perfect$10,725-65%165-18$65$64,666,58315Universal
17End of Watch$7,607-60%140-22$54$40,899,42716Open Road
18Playing For Keeps (2012)$4,689-59%139-129$34$12,856,2865FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$242,059-71%6055$4,034$4,648,1973Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$9,246-54%98-27$94$17,488,27416Lionsgate / Summit
3To the Arctic 3D$7,125-58%520$137$10,667,34838Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Sessions$7,038-56%41-39$172$5,639,06212Fox Searchlight
5A Late Quartet$3,352-70%23-14$146$1,360,19210Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$3,116-70%51-17$61$14,908,0976Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,654-67%300$88$21,694,67192Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,481-73%53-9$47$161,206,56326Fox
9The Intouchables$1,782-64%110$162$13,162,68133Weinstein Company
10The Master$1,314-72%12-1$110$15,981,18317Weinstein Company
11Arbitrage$350-39%4-3$88$7,916,17217Roadside Attractions
12Talaash$313-84%8-8$39$2,870,6576Reliance Entertainment
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$77-45%1--$77$86,88714Roadside Attractions