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.
|#||Title||Sat, Aug. 4 2007||Locations||Avg.||Total||Wks.||Dist.|
|1||The Bourne Ultimatum||$25,290,581||3%||3,660||--||$6,910||$49,959,198||1||Universal|
|2||The Simpsons Movie||$9,570,146||19%||3,926||4||$2,438||$120,551,371||2||Fox|
|4||I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry||$4,194,735||25%||3,289||-212||$1,275||$88,722,508||3||Universal|
|5||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||$3,787,811||42%||3,125||-880||$1,212||$257,955,813||4||Warner Bros.|
|6||Hairspray (2007)||$3,515,355||17%||3,115||-6||$1,129||$76,162,275||3||New Line|
|7||No Reservations||$2,595,520||21%||2,425||0||$1,070||$22,322,671||2||Warner Bros.|
|8||Transformers||$2,398,912||42%||2,419||-930||$992||$294,441,478||5||Paramount / DreamWorks|