'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.

Studio Extended Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Extended Weekend

Wide (1000+)

2Zero Dark Thirty$18,700,000-23%2,9469$6,348$57,044,7575Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$13,019,000159%2,5231713$5,160$56,978,27010Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$10,305,000-40%3,1030$3,321$33,415,0602Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House$9,700,000-46%2,1600$4,491$31,313,1792Open Road
6Broken City$9,500,000--2,620--$3,626$9,500,0001Fox
7Les Miserables (2012)$9,246,000-4%2,579-348$3,585$131,804,0204Universal
8Django Unchained$9,235,000-16%2,516-496$3,671$139,353,7354Weinstein Company
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,715,000-16%2,323-689$3,321$288,704,7416Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Last Stand$7,190,000--2,913--$2,468$7,190,0001Lionsgate
11Lincoln$6,805,0007%2,174147$3,130$161,941,07911Disney / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$5,250,000-14%2,337-620$2,246$67,275,1544Fox
13Life of Pi$4,200,00055%1,256499$3,344$100,037,3059Fox
14Jack Reacher$2,640,000-45%1,707-1000$1,547$76,817,3335Paramount
15This is 40$2,455,000-44%1,232-1088$1,993$65,336,0005Universal
16Wreck-It Ralph$1,871,000184%1,312836$1,426$181,378,30412Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Impossible$2,936,00016%88678$3,314$10,652,5655Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$2,735,000118%756135$3,618$115,256,55415Warner Bros.
3Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,504,000-72%902-1757$1,667$33,696,9383Lionsgate
4Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,094,000-36%565-562$1,936$32,034,5155Disney
5Rise of The Guardians$785,000-26%474-431$1,656$99,721,3639Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$725,000-62%642-964$1,129$35,817,5845Paramount
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$403,000-38%306-236$1,317$290,783,02310Lionsgate / Summit
9Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$300,000-35%265-165$1,132$12,250,0065Paramount
10Rust and Bone$278,84149%16889$1,660$1,516,3839Sony Pictures Classics
11Pitch Perfect$82,500-19%125-29$660$64,909,72817Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

1Amour$462,34880%3621$12,843$1,234,0435Sony Pictures Classics
2Quartet$375,000696%3230$11,719$447,0772Weinstein Company
3LUV$100,000--45--$2,222$100,0001Indomina Media
4The Perks of Being A Wallflower$56,900-15%73-27$779$17,664,83918Lionsgate / Summit
5Searching For Sugar Man$34,80233%275$1,289$3,141,19426Sony Pictures Classics
6West of Memphis$9,962252%97$1,107$57,8064Sony Pictures Classics
7Not Fade Away$9,000-78%56-121$161$607,8105Paramount Vantage