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 Sat, Jan. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$9,354,4674%2,9372877$3,185$23,869,4764Sony / Columbia
2A Haunted House$7,537,70611%2,160--$3,490$14,329,8291Open Road
3Gangster Squad$6,214,654-7%3,103--$2,003$12,929,5371Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$4,641,65235%3,0122$1,541$122,418,4163Weinstein Company
5Les Miserables (2012)$4,229,51548%2,92723$1,445$116,162,0603Universal
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$4,190,66478%3,012-743$1,391$275,583,9075Warner Bros. / New Line
7Parental Guidance$2,876,05470%2,957-411$973$59,115,4923Fox
8Lincoln$2,764,31449%2,027126$1,364$150,879,74710Disney / DreamWorks
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$2,303,08526%2,6595$866$29,738,0352Lionsgate
10Jack Reacher$2,170,74841%2,707-581$802$71,524,0014Paramount
11This is 40$1,972,01537%2,320-611$850$60,479,3554Universal
12The Guilt Trip$872,24846%1,606-706$543$34,032,5964Paramount
13Monsters, Inc. 3D$820,348184%1,127-976$728$29,978,6244Disney
14Promised Land (2012)$557,38338%1,647-29$338$6,565,0533Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$2,182,40446%81065$2,694$39,984,3509Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$1,207,93680%757-208$1,596$93,974,4518Fox
3The Impossible$1,125,41351%808236$1,393$6,186,8684Lionsgate / Summit
4Skyfall$733,53159%823-484$891$298,988,98710Sony / Columbia
5Argo$579,22868%621319$933$111,328,72414Warner Bros.
6Rise of The Guardians$513,096218%905-602$567$98,359,7898Paramount / DreamWorks
7Wreck-It Ralph$322,911187%476-233$678$179,157,04011Disney
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$298,15970%542-283$550$290,003,2379Lionsgate / Summit
9Hyde Park on Hudson$273,66959%24624$1,112$4,035,7366Focus
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$207,297110%430-387$482$11,617,0804Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$170,109128%252-15$675$146,527,79716Sony / Columbia
12Anna Karenina (2012)$101,40260%144-19$704$11,883,1319Focus
13Here Comes the Boom$97,37366%228-15$427$44,335,01014Sony / Columbia
14Flight$67,76453%150-100$452$92,705,79111Paramount
15Taken 2$67,56759%190-23$356$139,463,64315Fox
16Red Dawn (2012)$46,97835%225-27$209$44,009,5188FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$46,21054%154-11$300$64,774,18316Universal
18Hitchcock$42,18158%1279$332$5,628,3978Fox Searchlight
19Cloud Atlas$30,79342%1627$190$27,006,45512Warner Bros.
20The Perks of Being A Wallflower$28,62531%1002$286$17,565,17717Lionsgate / Summit
21End of Watch$24,24834%111-29$218$40,963,81517Open Road
22Not Fade Away$19,09282%177-388$108$563,3614Paramount Vantage
23Playing For Keeps (2012)$13,96331%107-32$130$12,896,2516FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$31,977186%520$615$10,732,41539Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$24,31146%5413$450$5,704,65613Fox Searchlight
3Quartet$21,83885%2--$10,919$33,6541Weinstein Company
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$14,022179%48-5$292$161,230,44727Fox
5A Late Quartet$12,76029%17-6$751$1,400,80611Entertainment One / RKO
6Born to Be Wild 3D$11,002184%300$367$21,719,75093Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Master$10,796194%164$675$16,001,19118Weinstein Company
8Killing Them Softly$7,52518%31-20$243$14,933,9357Weinstein Company
9The Intouchables$3,30483%121$275$13,176,89734Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$59053%40$148$7,917,87018Roadside Attractions