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. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snitch (2013)$4,162,673--2,511--$1,658$4,162,6731Lionsgate / Summit
2Identity Thief$4,092,850169%3,22257$1,270$83,695,3803Universal
3Safe Haven$3,545,935182%3,2230$1,100$41,007,5782Relativity Media
4Dark Skies$3,094,178--2,313--$1,338$3,094,1781Weinstein / Dimension
5A Good Day to Die Hard$2,821,694109%3,5552$794$44,623,9582Fox
6Escape From Planet Earth$2,359,750172%3,35365$704$26,490,4122Weinstein Company
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,535,102177%2,012-190$763$102,960,24815Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$1,443,438187%2,644-253$546$54,861,4914Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,047,323145%2,9500$355$14,009,5882Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$1,000,002100%2,070-535$483$22,742,5183Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$575,720120%1,197-330$481$89,884,71110Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$424,67563%1,425-678$298$51,685,2295Paramount
13Mama$337,525115%1,163-485$290$69,394,1956Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$479,475179%802-101$598$128,305,81220Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$362,429107%572-75$634$112,282,18914Fox
3Lincoln$353,976121%875-132$405$177,476,46616Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$319,481101%35623$897$8,038,5457Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$262,85470%659-358$399$158,074,6299Weinstein Company
6Les Miserables (2012)$163,78067%462-214$355$146,225,6459Universal
7Wreck-It Ralph$147,216127%402-104$366$186,177,75717Disney
8Kai Po Che$139,527--110--$1,268$139,5271UTV Motion Pictures
9Bless Me, Ultima$138,848--263--$528$615,9681Arenas Entertainment
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$130,20565%388-217$336$300,532,10111Warner Bros. / New Line
11Rise of The Guardians$84,616146%305-33$277$101,731,56314Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Impossible$79,91569%273-149$293$17,843,39810Lionsgate / Summit
13Parental Guidance$78,07393%381-222$205$75,553,8569Fox
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$56,725143%223-31$254$291,967,15615Lionsgate / Summit
15A Haunted House$49,011128%302-38$162$39,710,7157Open Road
16Skyfall$44,572--184-78$242$304,065,78916Sony / Columbia
17Gangster Squad$41,126118%202-8$204$45,496,1897Warner Bros.
18The Guilt Trip$39,740543%18698$214$36,863,80410Paramount
19Parker$34,647-24%212-493$163$17,277,4175FilmDistrict
20Jack Reacher$23,02598%100-75$230$79,418,49710Paramount
21The Last Stand$15,221622%11460$134$11,986,2266Lionsgate
22Bullet to the Head$10,416-58%105-365$99$9,368,8684Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$20,12098%520$387$11,351,24045Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hyde Park on Hudson$17,14851%65-21$264$6,080,23312Focus
3This is 40$14,85077%96-71$155$67,490,26510Universal
4Broken City$14,52569%98-35$148$19,548,5436Fox
5Stand Up Guys$10,070-26%41-78$246$3,238,6994Lionsgate / Roadside
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,89711%300$230$22,024,95099Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Camp (2013)$6,571--1--$6,571$6,5711Freestyle Releasing
8Anna Karenina (2012)$4,613-13%28-23$165$12,790,92315Focus
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$4,592-10%44-52$104$34,317,8868Lionsgate
10Hitchcock$4,168143%162$261$5,953,94814Fox Searchlight
11Movie 43$4,042127%21-14$192$8,791,2535Relativity Media
12ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$3,89229%9-13$432$206,7573UTV Motion Pictures
13The Sessions$2,58522%160$162$5,965,51119Fox Searchlight
14A Late Quartet$1,94164%7-6$277$1,541,27917Entertainment One / RKO
15Race 2$472-31%5-6$94$1,576,1955UTV Motion Pictures