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 Fri, Jan. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$6,018,171--3,372--$1,785$6,018,1711Paramount
2Mama$3,888,885254%2,68235$1,450$39,676,3252Universal
3Silver Linings Playbook$2,356,526157%2,641118$892$61,821,15311Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$2,332,741133%2,929-17$796$62,436,5886Sony / Columbia
5Parker$2,148,238--2,224--$966$2,148,2381FilmDistrict
6Movie 43$1,810,561--2,023--$895$1,810,5611Relativity Media
7Django Unchained$1,218,474100%2,007-509$607$142,508,3005Weinstein Company
8Gangster Squad$1,148,32477%2,590-513$443$36,595,1913Warner Bros.
9Broken City$1,049,83099%2,6222$400$12,319,8192Fox
10Les Miserables (2012)$1,049,75085%2,210-369$475$134,374,9005Universal
11Lincoln$865,14996%1,909-265$453$164,052,98312Disney / DreamWorks
12A Haunted House$825,013155%2,002-158$412$33,020,9943Open Road
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$716,79576%1,675-648$428$290,655,2657Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Last Stand$540,74849%2,9130$186$9,074,6932Lionsgate
15Parental Guidance$538,061158%1,736-601$310$68,880,8745Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$560,374127%941-315$596$101,400,73410Fox
2The Impossible$493,262143%782-104$631$11,855,0176Lionsgate / Summit
3Argo$393,525130%635-121$620$116,149,95216Warner Bros.
4Quartet$261,973584%163131$1,607$802,8023Weinstein Company
5Race 2$233,254--153--$1,525$233,2541UTV Motion Pictures
6Jack Reacher$220,89843%888-819$249$77,573,9916Paramount
7This is 40$202,80050%507-725$400$65,806,5906Universal
8Skyfall$197,058170%456-51$432$301,449,94512Sony / Columbia
9Wreck-It Ralph$121,561131%588-724$207$181,874,32213Disney
10The Guilt Trip$70,02839%352-290$199$36,041,4826Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$66,044--228-9$290$147,330,27818Sony / Columbia
12Rise of The Guardians$64,225190%305-169$211$99,905,75410Paramount / DreamWorks
13Hyde Park on Hudson$55,28128%144-50$384$5,109,6508Focus
14Flight$53,55070%263-37$204$93,291,29113Paramount
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$51,897113%216-90$240$290,906,85211Lionsgate / Summit
16Red Dawn (2012)$39,007121%205-44$190$44,426,29310FilmDistrict
17Here Comes the Boom$38,427--191-18$201$44,784,30116Sony / Columbia
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$37,999-43%285-1189$133$33,895,7064Lionsgate
19Taken 2$15,553113%124-32$125$139,710,88417Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$26,63822%98-19$272$12,349,82711Focus
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$17,952-12%96-169$187$12,300,8686Paramount
3The Master$16,977475%3723$459$16,074,72220Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$13,26729%520$255$10,929,27341Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Pitch Perfect$10,915191%91-34$120$64,935,00818Universal
6The Sessions$10,50977%620$170$5,829,05315Fox Searchlight
7Hitchcock$10,23235%90-32$114$5,824,09210Fox Searchlight
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$8,98380%56-17$160$17,693,03919Lionsgate / Summit
9Born to Be Wild 3D$7,885116%300$263$21,805,84095Warner Bros. / IMAX
10LUV$4,266-21%21-24$203$123,4082Indomina Media
11Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,5159%35-23$72$12,946,5978FilmDistrict
12A Late Quartet$2,352-35%10-4$235$1,459,73213Entertainment One / RKO