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 Thu, May. 13 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$6,338,848-9%4,380--$1,447$159,159,8711Paramount
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$638,000-8%3,3320$191$51,409,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
3Date Night$424,048-2%2,734-359$155$82,699,1075Fox
4How to Train Your Dragon$402,669-2%3,003-423$134$202,644,1607Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Back-up Plan$395,189-4%3,003-277$132$31,737,3023CBS Films
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$221,0000%2,157-580$102$158,896,0006Warner Bros.
7Oceans$203,0902%1,23222$165$16,917,4323Disneynature
8The Losers$202,000-4%2,450-486$82$22,302,0003Warner Bros.
9Death at a Funeral (2010)$198,373-5%1,706-565$116$39,357,8164Sony / Screen Gems
10Kick-Ass$193,960-7%1,759-783$110$46,076,2354Lionsgate
11Furry Vengeance$181,140-4%3,0025$60$12,846,9642Summit
12The Last Song$88,4671%1,303-973$68$60,695,9746Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$176,672-8%534--$331$2,885,5561Focus
2Hot Tub Time Machine$71,0000%802-310$89$48,879,0007MGM
3Alice in Wonderland (2010)$58,7671%582-468$101$331,093,71310Disney
4City Island$49,729-19%247-22$201$3,166,4028Anchor Bay
5Avatar$49,3386%328-59$150$748,133,19921Fox
6Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$26,062-6%404-323$65$59,509,0826Lionsgate
7The Ghost Writer$22,9230%231-105$99$14,967,11912Summit
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$21,848-1%625-541$35$61,591,8188Fox
9She's Out of My League$13,805-2%26118$53$31,339,1209Paramount
10Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$11,7511%221-44$53$88,231,28013Fox
11Greenberg$10,896-6%114-29$96$4,109,4968Focus
12Shutter Island$10,314-8%189-61$55$126,921,30312Paramount
13The Tooth Fairy$8,072-3%160-26$50$59,745,85216Fox
14Our Family Wedding$7,899-8%11921$66$20,029,4649Fox Searchlight
15The Crazies$6,847-10%149-48$46$39,046,33611Overture
16Letters to God$5,8000%112-87$52$2,769,0005Vivendi
17Brooklyn's Finest$4,295-2%113-33$38$27,138,85410Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$101,00029%48-1$2,104$5,419,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$20,00054%182$1,111$21,941,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Joneses$6,5871%68-55$97$1,373,9434Roadside Attractions
4The Runaways$5,3591%65-57$82$3,508,2228Apparition
5Crazy Heart$5,234-13%75-43$70$39,417,74121Fox Searchlight
6Cop Out$3,4000%91-50$37$44,844,00011Warner Bros.
7The Book of Eli$3,100-6%61-16$51$94,835,00017Warner Bros.
8Remember Me$3,07615%76-42$40$19,068,2409Summit
9The Square (2010)$2,532-4%17-7$149$227,5295Apparition
10The Secret of Kells$1,842-9%22-15$84$437,04610GKIDS
11The Blind Side$80014%25-21$32$255,948,00025Warner Bros.