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. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$10,839,4657%2,647--$4,095$20,937,7701Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$7,285,02761%2,9469$2,473$50,164,0365Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$4,742,12458%2,5231713$1,880$51,694,05210Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$3,663,12937%3,1030$1,181$29,441,9132Warner Bros.
5Broken City$3,495,66019%2,620--$1,334$6,443,7791Fox
6A Haunted House$3,487,01344%2,1600$1,614$27,525,1912Open Road
7Django Unchained$3,454,46358%2,516-496$1,373$135,762,6624Weinstein Company
8Les Miserables (2012)$3,262,43559%2,579-348$1,265$127,870,7604Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,820,21994%2,323-689$1,214$285,262,4196Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Last Stand$2,552,43126%2,913--$876$4,585,2661Lionsgate
11Lincoln$2,538,57177%2,174147$1,168$159,112,82911Disney / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$1,906,04378%2,337-620$816$65,004,2894Fox
13Life of Pi$1,511,06891%1,256499$1,203$98,137,5469Fox
14Jack Reacher$1,011,71257%1,707-1000$593$75,833,6975Paramount
15This is 40$924,00552%1,232-1088$750$64,414,8455Universal
16Wreck-It Ralph$618,817192%1,312836$472$180,338,01512Disney
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$543,97438%1,474-1185$369$33,129,7053Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$1,082,91264%88678$1,222$9,460,0515Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$1,063,89685%756135$1,407$114,161,91915Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$457,43974%507-316$902$300,607,02211Sony / Columbia
4Monsters, Inc. 3D$351,877166%565-562$623$31,424,5725Disney
5The Guilt Trip$259,88650%642-964$405$35,525,5565Paramount
6Rise of The Guardians$259,608151%474-431$548$99,299,5669Paramount / DreamWorks
7Hyde Park on Hudson$194,89974%194-52$1,005$4,748,2587Focus
8Hotel Transylvania$168,404117%237-15$711$146,960,68817Sony / Columbia
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$146,45972%306-236$479$290,611,50810Lionsgate / Summit
10Flight$127,45360%300150$425$93,011,56412Paramount
11Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$91,655109%265-165$346$12,085,5795Paramount
12Red Dawn (2012)$91,47355%24924$367$44,223,5959FilmDistrict
13Here Comes the Boom$89,56779%209-19$429$44,587,50015Sony / Columbia
14Anna Karenina (2012)$70,37065%117-27$601$12,182,85310Focus
15Promised Land (2012)$58,34773%134-1513$435$7,504,2094Focus
16Taken 2$47,52863%156-34$305$139,625,23616Fox
17Pitch Perfect$29,99065%125-29$240$64,875,34317Universal
18Hitchcock$28,23934%122-5$231$5,754,5889Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$138,08695%3230$4,315$281,1162Weinstein Company
2LUV$37,20452%45--$827$61,7531Indomina Media
3To the Arctic 3D$31,844106%520$612$10,834,51340Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Perks of Being A Wallflower$22,10368%73-27$303$17,643,23118Lionsgate / Summit
5The Sessions$18,82057%628$304$5,781,23714Fox Searchlight
6Born to Be Wild 3D$13,115119%300$437$21,761,09394Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Cloud Atlas$12,83967%58-104$221$27,084,38713Warner Bros.
8A Late Quartet$9,004112%14-3$643$1,439,17812Entertainment One / RKO
9The Master$8,59895%14-2$614$16,039,93619Weinstein Company
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$8,08439%58-49$139$12,931,6487FilmDistrict
11The Rabbi's Cat$4,78896%7--$684$14,2117GKIDS
12Not Fade Away$2,91697%56-121$52$603,2095Paramount Vantage
13Officer Down$204-70%1--$204$8881Anchor Bay Films