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 Wed, May. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$4,076,616-13%4,359--$935$85,308,4411Paramount / DreamWorks
2Iron Man 2$1,684,755-7%4,177-213$403$256,736,6863Paramount
3Robin Hood$1,489,625-11%3,5052$425$71,177,8452Universal
4Letters to Juliet$809,861-9%2,9757$272$29,888,7022Summit
5MacGruber$357,140-18%2,551--$140$5,306,2401Universal / Rogue
6Just Wright$294,484-18%1,8310$161$15,712,8932Fox Searchlight
7Date Night$230,070-4%1,869-612$123$91,485,0997Fox
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$202,000-6%2,125-950$95$60,617,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$143,387-2%1,751-869$82$211,470,9559Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Back-up Plan$76,879-16%1,079-1418$71$36,183,3355CBS Films
11Furry Vengeance$37,833-9%1,369-1326$28$16,258,4424Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$86,3201%395-148$219$5,361,5943Focus
2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$54,057-13%4118$132$332,370,57912Disney
3Oceans$53,2192%524-449$102$18,694,7235Disneynature
4Death at a Funeral (2010)$46,715-13%561-501$83$41,617,5706Sony / Screen Gems
5Kites$44,383-24%208--$213$1,145,8941Reliance Big Cinema
6City Island$35,144-9%234-19$150$4,296,84910Anchor Bay
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$34,0000%412-888$83$161,073,0008Warner Bros.
8Kick-Ass$32,778-9%309-300$106$47,282,0236Lionsgate
9Hot Tub Time Machine$32,000-9%278-180$115$49,689,0009MGM
10Avatar$23,2796%167-112$139$748,905,56423Fox
11The Last Song$20,373-9%357-445$57$61,707,7738Disney
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid$19,450-14%352-116$55$62,411,46810Fox
13Shutter Island$19,443-3%256-54$76$127,622,39014Paramount
14The Losers$11,000-8%185-516$59$23,119,0005Warner Bros.
15Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$9,1641%166-43$55$88,509,06615Fox
16Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$5,865-9%133-148$44$59,826,9658Lionsgate
17The Tooth Fairy$5,240-5%115-17$46$59,918,26718Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$82,00017%480$1,708$6,597,00010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$19,7096%4714$419$483,7382Roadside Attractions
3Under the Sea 3D$13,0008%180$722$22,145,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Solitary Man$10,09122%4--$2,523$123,7291Anchor Bay
5The Ghost Writer$7,7164%86-64$90$15,231,93114Summit
6Our Family Wedding$4,9720%84-19$59$20,180,50811Fox Searchlight
7Greenberg$4,455-5%47-30$95$4,229,79610Focus
8Letters to God$3,70095%39-35$95$2,832,0007Vivendi
9The Secret of Kells$3,01217%23-3$131$504,39312GKIDS
10The Square (2010)$1,47411%12-2$123$266,2577Apparition
11The Runaways$1,446-34%30-19$48$3,566,26910Apparition
12The Joneses$1,35814%27-29$50$1,431,0656Roadside Attractions
13Racing Dreams$987-3%31--$32$22,7331Hanover House
14Crazy Heart$959-15%28-22$34$39,457,81423Fox Searchlight