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 Tue, Feb. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$2,826,90013%3,141--$900$39,875,0201Universal
2Side Effects (2013)$903,11223%2,605--$347$10,943,2681Open Road
3Warm Bodies$777,7360%3,0090$258$38,036,2882Lionsgate / Summit
4Silver Linings Playbook$604,36519%2,8090$215$90,630,41613Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$572,31114%3,285-90$174$44,912,1833Paramount
6Zero Dark Thirty$348,4406%2,562-309$136$84,243,5428Sony / Columbia
7Mama$294,4705%2,677-104$110$64,527,3654Universal
8Argo$267,47717%1,405470$190$124,104,80518Warner Bros.
9Bullet to the Head$254,37822%2,4040$106$8,732,7832Warner Bros.
10Lincoln$247,57520%1,517-239$163$174,075,37914Disney / DreamWorks
11Parker$237,97028%2,004-234$119$16,272,5773FilmDistrict
12Django Unchained$232,6663%1,502-275$155$154,974,4767Weinstein Company
13Les Miserables (2012)$166,4055%1,447-401$115$144,309,2807Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$128,138-14%1,001-299$128$298,609,9309Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$87,407-5%1,219-261$72$74,523,7467Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$288,22513%300--$961$2,509,0201Paramount
2Life of Pi$180,040-5%92422$195$108,900,38612Fox
3Quartet$124,96315%24442$512$5,233,7845Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$105,45621%739-26$143$16,861,2788Lionsgate / Summit
5Gangster Squad$103,21610%942-683$110$45,005,2505Warner Bros.
6Stand Up Guys$86,09718%67011$129$2,925,4592Lionsgate / Roadside
7Wreck-It Ralph$66,123-26%75797$87$184,570,49915Disney
8A Haunted House$60,1083%913-588$66$39,119,0825Open Road
9Broken City$57,15618%755-1031$76$19,338,7424Fox
10Movie 43$31,2396%777-1246$40$8,721,8153Relativity Media
11Jack Reacher$21,6685%307-143$71$79,159,1578Paramount
12This is 40$18,0708%278-95$65$67,290,3708Universal
13Hyde Park on Hudson$17,85819%130-14$137$5,865,22110Focus
14Rise of The Guardians$12,134-56%275-32$44$100,905,92512Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Guilt Trip$11,54515%225-66$51$36,717,1048Paramount
16The Last Stand$8,93220%239-450$37$11,921,2054Lionsgate
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$8,823-12%18564$48$34,204,6846Lionsgate
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$7,586-12%160-29$47$291,445,45013Lionsgate / Summit
19Flight$5,6296%115-85$49$93,760,15515Paramount
20Red Dawn (2012)$3,334-20%105-48$32$44,758,13712FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$11,89285%25--$476$113,5521UTV Motion Pictures
2Anna Karenina (2012)$9,46220%911$104$12,696,55613Focus
3Race 2$8,78745%63-76$139$1,539,7073UTV Motion Pictures
4To the Arctic 3D$6,255-23%520$120$11,183,65243Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,283-12%47-3$91$12,505,0188Paramount
6Lost in Thailand$3,740-12%35--$107$40,2161WAMCR
7Hitchcock$2,895-24%36-8$80$5,930,92412Fox Searchlight
8The Master$2,645-7%291$91$16,252,63922Weinstein Company
9Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,6412%81-67$33$13,086,90710FilmDistrict
10Born to Be Wild 3D$2,366-27%300$79$21,929,96597Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Sessions$1,503-29%18-11$84$5,937,43517Fox Searchlight
12Taken 2$1,2788%35-48$37$139,843,31519Fox
13Pitch Perfect$900140%15-26$60$64,999,64320Universal
14A Late Quartet$8596%120$72$1,515,69715Entertainment One / RKO
15Brief Reunion$30199%1--$301$6,3434Striped Entertainment
16LUV$184-13%3-5$61$156,6474Indomina Media