'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, Apr. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$1,349,322-1%3,025--$446$32,041,7821Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,207,9224%3,73415$323$91,625,6982Paramount
3Jurassic Park 3D$1,052,9801%2,771--$380$23,109,1651Universal
4The Croods$977,45010%3,879-186$252$129,324,0703Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Olympus Has Fallen$842,8414%3,059-47$276$74,606,8143FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$548,3812%2,0470$268$40,921,9962Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$486,3759%2,905-419$167$214,521,4125Disney
8The Host (2013)$348,2457%3,2020$109$21,045,4602Open Road
9The Call$280,5485%2,002-437$140$46,622,0934Sony / TriStar
11Spring Breakers$122,786-1%1,072-307$115$13,148,9874A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$61,0250%721-361$85$131,480,8409Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$51,8782%524-228$99$129,925,17221Weinstein Company
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$40,5241%535-1040$76$21,975,2104Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$40,3522%502-578$80$62,635,2176Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$37,834-1%252-50$150$17,350,91513Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$27,843-4%269-71$104$124,042,09620Fox
7Warm Bodies$24,15010%287125$84$65,675,96610Lionsgate / Summit
8Safe Haven$23,97414%360-190$67$70,423,6318Relativity Media
921 And Over$18,0340%180-160$100$25,354,7676Relativity Media
10Snitch (2013)$17,7968%304-442$59$41,855,8787Lionsgate / Summit
11Django Unchained$16,0585%183-50$88$162,610,44415Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$15,5509%22516$69$66,855,6228Fox
13Escape From Planet Earth$15,40614%432-545$36$54,501,9388Weinstein Company
14Emperor$14,6245%120-18$122$3,166,9655Roadside Attractions
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$11,4470%180-22$64$55,485,54811Paramount
16Argo$8,77522%172-88$51$135,929,64726Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$5,7741%14671$40$10,852,9085FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$5,59712%110-30$51$77,066,22915Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$73,2390%3026$2,441$1,374,1792Focus
2Girl Rising$29,91093%489$623$665,2735Gathr Films
3The Sapphires$21,474-13%6048$358$535,4013Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$12,47720%520$240$12,068,18851Warner Bros. / IMAX
5From Up on Poppy Hill$12,35411%4116$301$514,9384GKIDS
6Trance$11,0852%4--$2,771$174,6081Fox Searchlight
7Side Effects (2013)$9,4026%80-22$118$31,426,3609Open Road
8Stoker$8,91414%89-105$100$1,660,4836Fox Searchlight
9The Impossible$7,598-10%80-6$95$18,936,91916Lionsgate / Summit
10Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$6,19847%16--$387$90,9731CodeBlack Films
11Born to Be Wild 3D$6,17920%300$206$22,441,859105Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Starbuck$5,266-7%3114$170$3,626,5203eOne Films US
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$3,04311%77-68$40$302,944,38917Warner Bros. / New Line
14Rise of The Guardians$3,0237%89-45$34$103,412,75820Paramount / DreamWorks
15Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,71814%55-60$31$19,452,1388Warner Bros.
16Settai$1,547-9%33--$47$61,4201UTV Motion Pictures
17Camp (2013)$1,507-3%82$188$134,9797Freestyle Releasing
18Dark Skies$1,166-3%28-73$42$17,182,9347Weinstein / Dimension
19Himmatwala$1,096-41%61-38$18$269,9092UTV Motion Pictures
20Bless Me, Ultima$906-6%6-5$151$1,563,5627Arenas Entertainment
21The Playroom$66557%12--$55$5,9641Freestyle Releasing
22Down the Shore$406-24%2--$203$6,5581Anchor Bay Films
23Kai Po Che$9632%2-3$48$1,120,2477UTV Motion Pictures