'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 Sat, May. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$45,776,170-11%4,380--$10,451$97,015,8471Paramount
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,747,00012%3,3320$1,125$46,448,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
3How to Train Your Dragon$2,849,45085%4,380954$651$198,721,8487Paramount / DreamWorks
4Date Night$2,310,54945%2,734-359$845$79,459,8575Fox
5The Back-up Plan$1,944,09537%3,003-277$647$28,432,8363CBS Films
6Furry Vengeance$1,691,20794%3,0025$563$10,183,9092Summit
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$1,021,00048%2,157-580$473$157,212,0006Warner Bros.
8Death at a Funeral (2010)$891,56155%1,706-565$523$37,688,2794Sony / Screen Gems
9The Losers$752,00025%2,450-486$307$21,004,0003Warner Bros.
12The Last Song$482,86740%1,303-973$371$59,995,2946Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$282,42776%582-468$485$330,588,43610Disney
3City Island$279,78999%247-22$1,133$2,754,8538Anchor Bay
4Hot Tub Time Machine$221,00038%802-310$276$49,066,0007MGM
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid$206,63693%625-541$331$61,366,1308Fox
7Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$175,10986%404-323$433$59,223,5696Lionsgate
8The Bounty Hunter$167,57637%462-429$363$64,586,3178Sony / Columbia
9She's Out of My League$110,8483%26118$425$31,241,6549Paramount
10Shutter Island$109,891-3%189-61$581$126,828,65112Paramount
11The Ghost Writer$108,92796%231-105$472$14,806,18012Summit
12Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$57,99577%221-44$262$88,142,63813Fox
13The Tooth Fairy$51,48488%160-26$322$59,673,69616Fox
15Our Family Wedding$29,09954%11921$245$19,965,8299Fox Searchlight
16The Crazies$26,00018%149-48$174$39,000,00011Overture
17Letters to God$22,00047%112-87$196$2,723,0005Vivendi
18Brooklyn's Finest$13,00053%113-33$115$27,112,00010Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$99,000-7%48-1$2,063$5,025,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Joneses$23,07860%68-55$339$1,329,8444Roadside Attractions
3Cop Out$17,00013%91-50$187$44,819,00011Warner Bros.
4Under the Sea 3D$17,000-6%14-2$1,214$21,867,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Crazy Heart$16,25354%75-43$217$39,386,81321Fox Searchlight
6The Runaways$14,45453%65-57$222$3,477,3688Apparition
7The Square (2010)$11,18476%17-7$658$210,5265Apparition
8The Book of Eli$10,00059%61-16$164$94,815,00017Warner Bros.
9Remember Me$9,64615%76-42$127$19,051,2369Summit
10The Secret of Kells$6,365145%22-14$289$421,92510GKIDS
11The Blind Side$4,40063%25-21$176$255,942,00025Warner Bros.
12That Evening Sun$1,402116%40$351$276,76527Freestyle