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 Sun, May. 30 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$15,034,800-11%4,3678$3,443$133,061,4142Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$9,576,790-7%3,646--$2,627$30,095,2591Disney
3Sex and the City 2$8,063,000-19%3,445--$2,340$45,210,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Iron Man 2$5,852,544-5%3,804-373$1,539$275,035,9004Paramount
5Robin Hood$3,727,000-2%3,373-132$1,105$83,126,0003Universal
6Letters to Juliet$1,864,870-14%2,825-150$660$36,537,1903Summit
7Just Wright$728,904-12%1,195-636$610$18,154,0963Fox Searchlight
8Date Night$630,947-6%1,126-743$560$93,515,4638Fox
9MacGruber$573,0007%2,546-5$225$7,216,0002Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon$404,240-12%825-926$490$212,755,05310Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$317,000-4%891-1234$356$61,702,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
3Babies$174,101-1%301-94$578$5,924,3554Focus
4City Island$145,429-16%201-33$724$4,741,15011Anchor Bay
5The Back-up Plan$103,281-3%391-688$264$36,526,4956CBS Films
6The Bounty Hunter$97,607-1%287117$340$65,573,29511Sony / Columbia
7Kites$93,041-6%176-32$529$1,443,6622Reliance Big Cinema
8Hot Tub Time Machine$86,00016%36486$236$49,945,00010MGM
9Death at a Funeral (2010)$82,3523%247-314$333$41,874,0447Sony / Screen Gems
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$82,0005%225-187$364$161,322,0009Warner Bros.
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$79,948-21%283-69$283$62,687,11611Fox
12Furry Vengeance$71,4184%247-1122$289$16,464,3035Summit
13Shutter Island$65,715-2%201-55$327$127,811,97415Paramount
14Kick-Ass$62,14425%163-146$381$47,462,1857Lionsgate
15Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$42,044-2%17744$238$59,944,3699Lionsgate
16Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$17,877-29%108-58$166$88,520,12116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$120,0006%480$2,500$7,007,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$44,849-5%84-83$534$749,048,93924Fox
3The Losers$39,000-7%83-102$470$23,231,0006Warner Bros.
4Princess Kaiulani$33,78111%38-9$889$593,4673Roadside Attractions
5Solitary Man$30,067-7%62$5,011$216,8352Anchor Bay
6The Ghost Writer$26,713-12%58-28$461$15,311,66915Summit
7Under the Sea 3D$12,000-29%180$667$22,212,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Tooth Fairy$10,704-11%76-39$141$59,954,88619Fox
9Our Family Wedding$9,83016%52-32$189$20,209,47712Fox Searchlight
10The Secret of Kells$8,992-13%252$360$533,18813GKIDS
11The Square (2010)$5,844-5%153$390$284,1548Apparition
12Racing Dreams$1,9237%8-25$240$27,7932Hanover House
13The Runaways$1,111-18%11-19$101$3,570,62011Apparition
14The Joneses$940-29%8-19$118$1,435,0847Roadside Attractions