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 Thu, Jan. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$1,098,5056%2,647--$415$35,787,4401Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$1,001,6405%2,9469$340$60,103,8475Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$918,0299%2,5231713$364$59,464,62710Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$648,181-2%3,1030$209$35,446,8672Warner Bros.
5Django Unchained$607,8552%2,516-496$242$141,289,8264Weinstein Company
6Les Miserables (2012)$567,3807%2,579-348$220$133,325,1504Universal
7Broken City$528,662-3%2,620--$202$11,269,9891Fox
8Lincoln$441,0295%2,174147$203$163,187,83411Disney / DreamWorks
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$408,2300%2,323-689$176$289,938,4706Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Last Stand$363,748-8%2,913--$125$8,533,9451Lionsgate
11A Haunted House$324,113-3%2,1600$150$32,195,9812Open Road
12Life of Pi$246,8977%1,256499$197$100,840,3609Fox
13Parental Guidance$208,6906%2,337-620$89$68,342,8134Fox
14Jack Reacher$154,6054%1,707-1000$91$77,353,0935Paramount
15This is 40$135,5205%1,232-1088$110$65,603,7905Universal
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$67,123-9%1,474-1185$46$33,857,7073Lionsgate
17Wreck-It Ralph$52,6250%1,312836$40$181,752,76112Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$203,17110%88678$229$11,361,7555Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$171,4163%756135$227$115,756,42715Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$72,86310%507-316$144$301,252,88711Sony / Columbia
4The Guilt Trip$50,37610%642-964$78$35,971,4545Paramount
5Hyde Park on Hudson$43,27010%194-52$223$5,054,3697Focus
6Monsters, Inc. 3D$37,069-3%565-562$66$32,103,0295Disney
7Flight$31,49213%300150$105$93,237,74112Paramount
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$24,3419%306-236$80$290,854,95510Lionsgate / Summit
9Rise of The Guardians$22,1503%474-431$47$99,841,5299Paramount / DreamWorks
10Anna Karenina (2012)$21,80626%117-27$186$12,323,18910Focus
11Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$20,3164%265-165$77$12,282,9165Paramount
12Red Dawn (2012)$17,63320%24924$71$44,387,2869FilmDistrict
13Promised Land (2012)$14,12816%134-1513$105$7,597,8984Focus
14Hitchcock$7,558-19%122-5$62$5,813,8609Fox Searchlight
15Taken 2$7,30111%156-34$47$139,695,33116Fox
16Pitch Perfect$3,75020%125-29$30$64,924,09317Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$38,3148%3230$1,197$540,8292Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$10,25056%520$197$10,916,00640Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Sessions$5,9537%628$96$5,818,54414Fox Searchlight
4LUV$5,379-6%45--$120$119,1421Indomina Media
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$4,99223%73-27$68$17,684,05618Lionsgate / Summit
6Cloud Atlas$3,71322%58-104$64$27,108,27213Warner Bros.
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,65554%300$122$21,797,95594Warner Bros. / IMAX
8A Late Quartet$3,61817%14-3$258$1,457,38012Entertainment One / RKO
9The Master$2,952-9%14-2$211$16,057,74519Weinstein Company
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,30040%58-49$40$12,944,0827FilmDistrict
11The Rabbi's Cat$1,4703%7--$210$23,3927GKIDS
12Not Fade Away$1,41539%56-121$25$610,7925Paramount Vantage
13Officer Down$887%1--$88$1,4631Anchor Bay Films