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, Feb. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$8,140,304--3,009--$2,705$8,140,3041Lionsgate / Summit
2Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$2,923,424140%3,3753$866$28,176,2182Paramount
3Silver Linings Playbook$2,451,976189%2,809168$873$74,716,53412Weinstein Company
4Mama$2,322,135285%2,78199$835$53,854,2353Universal
5Bullet to the Head$1,735,222--2,404--$722$1,735,2221Warner Bros.
6Zero Dark Thirty$1,626,643148%2,871-58$567$74,124,1937Sony / Columbia
7Parker$1,080,512126%2,23814$483$10,305,3942FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$924,665121%1,777-230$520$148,864,8546Weinstein Company
9Les Miserables (2012)$729,95589%1,848-362$395$139,813,2006Universal
10Lincoln$687,511103%1,756-153$392$169,062,02913Disney / DreamWorks
11Gangster Squad$636,62176%1,625-965$392$41,885,6794Warner Bros.
12Movie 43$603,610128%2,0230$298$6,661,8842Relativity Media
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$498,915107%1,300-375$384$294,791,4358Warner Bros. / New Line
14Broken City$486,42751%1,786-836$272$17,160,5173Fox
15A Haunted House$475,101158%1,501-501$317$36,709,0044Open Road
16Parental Guidance$401,392201%1,480-256$271$71,813,2166Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$583,841204%935300$624$118,926,65617Warner Bros.
2Stand Up Guys$528,853--659--$803$528,8531Lionsgate / Roadside
3Life of Pi$497,058158%902-39$551$104,730,78911Fox
4The Impossible$399,746170%765-17$523$14,308,3777Lionsgate / Summit
5Quartet$323,545115%20239$1,602$2,613,7184Weinstein Company
6Skyfall$165,232--425-31$389$302,461,81013Sony / Columbia
7This is 40$124,955124%373-134$335$66,676,8307Universal
8Jack Reacher$113,59283%450-438$252$78,539,9877Paramount
9Wreck-It Ralph$107,826248%66072$163$182,737,46814Disney
10Race 2$83,329167%139-14$599$1,169,9112UTV Motion Pictures
11The Last Stand$80,710-52%689-2224$117$11,514,3523Lionsgate
12Hotel Transylvania$61,890--224-4$276$147,743,27919Sony / Columbia
13The Guilt Trip$54,713112%291-61$188$36,399,6177Paramount
14Rise of The Guardians$54,385242%3072$177$100,346,13911Paramount / DreamWorks
15Hyde Park on Hudson$49,19755%1440$342$5,472,1779Focus
16The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$41,298126%189-27$219$291,186,38812Lionsgate / Summit
17Flight$34,64080%200-63$173$93,563,20014Paramount
18Here Comes the Boom$32,460--175-16$185$44,980,88517Sony / Columbia
19Red Dawn (2012)$27,717141%153-52$181$44,609,38711FilmDistrict
20Playing For Keeps (2012)$24,3681999%148113$165$12,981,9039FilmDistrict
21Texas Chainsaw 3D$13,70847%121-164$113$34,044,1215Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$18,9639%90-8$211$12,514,44712Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$17,01466%520$327$11,041,55242Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Master$11,34864%28-9$405$16,171,65221Weinstein Company
4Taken 2$10,479128%83-41$126$139,789,77218Fox
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,044107%300$301$21,851,73296Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$8,018-10%50-46$160$12,423,3877Paramount
7Hitchcock$5,86135%44-46$133$5,880,63311Fox Searchlight
8The Sessions$5,82217%29-33$201$5,893,51716Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$4,74752%37-19$128$17,728,99520Lionsgate / Summit
10Pitch Perfect$4,30587%41-50$105$64,981,16319Universal
11A Late Quartet$3,70350%122$309$1,486,00514Entertainment One / RKO
12Girls Against Boys$2,847--2--$1,424$2,8471Anchor Bay Films
13LUV$2,00816%8-13$251$148,0973Indomina Media