'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 Tue, Jan. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$2,443,8116%2,9372877$832$34,666,2554Sony / Columbia
2Gangster Squad$1,887,10625%3,103--$608$20,462,7861Warner Bros.
3Django Unchained$1,403,16315%3,0122$466$127,996,5413Weinstein Company
4Les Miserables (2012)$1,126,89528%2,92723$385$120,728,1903Universal
5A Haunted House$971,252-1%2,160--$450$20,054,1461Open Road
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$819,28725%3,012-743$272$279,689,0705Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$721,94316%2,027126$356$153,941,91410Disney / DreamWorks
8Jack Reacher$461,66130%2,707-581$171$73,445,1604Paramount
9This is 40$429,50528%2,320-611$185$62,208,0904Universal
10Parental Guidance$419,68540%2,957-411$142$61,359,1633Fox
11Texas Chainsaw 3D$399,45115%2,6595$150$31,627,2012Lionsgate
12The Guilt Trip$185,33537%1,606-706$115$34,784,8784Paramount
13Promised Land (2012)$154,43433%1,647-29$94$7,150,5193Focus
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$93,84615%1,127-976$83$30,761,9554Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$750,02629%81065$926$42,657,0249Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$330,04642%757-208$436$95,362,8528Fox
3The Impossible$251,07227%808236$311$7,293,2514Lionsgate / Summit
4Argo$239,33515%621319$385$112,107,59114Warner Bros.
5Skyfall$161,66738%823-484$196$299,627,92810Sony / Columbia
6Hyde Park on Hudson$66,04520%24624$268$4,313,4456Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$55,12614%542-283$102$290,281,1749Lionsgate / Summit
8Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$51,56736%430-387$120$11,861,4674Paramount
9Rise of The Guardians$47,931-1%905-602$53$98,846,5968Paramount / DreamWorks
10Anna Karenina (2012)$33,56025%144-19$233$12,009,0459Focus
11Wreck-It Ralph$32,1570%476-233$68$179,443,77311Disney
13Hitchcock$14,32041%1279$113$5,678,3078Fox Searchlight
14Taken 2$12,60010%190-23$66$139,524,06515Fox
15Red Dawn (2012)$9,9119%225-27$44$44,054,8248FilmDistrict
16Cloud Atlas$9,73910%1627$60$27,046,03712Warner Bros.
17Pitch Perfect$6,9100%154-11$45$64,813,44816Universal
18Not Fade Away$6,42526%177-388$36$586,0494Paramount Vantage
19The Perks of Being A Wallflower$6,332-3%1002$63$17,594,32417Lionsgate / Summit
20End of Watch$4,915-4%111-29$44$40,993,03617Open Road
21Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,97051%107-32$37$12,910,7126FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$7,2848%5413$135$5,735,24313Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$6,725-6%520$129$10,772,40639Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Quartet$6,4540%2--$3,227$60,0421Weinstein Company
4The Master$5,10262%164$319$16,017,11718Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,48256%300$149$21,736,24393Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Late Quartet$3,628-17%17-6$213$1,416,64011Entertainment One / RKO
7Killing Them Softly$2,52234%31-20$81$14,942,9707Weinstein Company
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,5323%48-5$32$161,242,99127Fox
9The Intouchables$1,41036%121$118$13,182,28134Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$40562%40$101$7,918,93818Roadside Attractions