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 Fri, Jun. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$6,492,54980%4,38619$1,480$164,235,5373Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$6,257,000--2,697--$2,320$6,257,0001Universal
3Killers (2010)$5,674,553--2,859--$1,985$5,674,5531Lionsgate
4Sex and the City 2$4,350,00042%3,4450$1,263$65,133,9992Warner Bros. / New Line
5Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$4,143,70381%3,6460$1,137$49,746,2932Disney
6Marmaduke$3,458,663--3,213--$1,076$3,458,6631Fox
7Splice$2,702,000--2,450--$1,103$2,702,0001Warner Bros
8Iron Man 2$2,189,19975%3,007-797$728$285,700,3615Paramount
9Robin Hood$1,468,00056%2,599-774$565$90,598,0004Universal
10Letters to Juliet$949,59631%1,962-863$484$41,251,0654Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Date Night$254,07537%658-468$386$94,812,7179Fox
2Raajneeti$253,000--111--$2,279$253,0001UTV Communications
3Just Wright$224,10025%518-677$433$19,650,0604Fox Searchlight
4How to Train Your Dragon$135,09737%343-482$394$213,529,95711Paramount / DreamWorks
5A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$70,000-24%294-597$238$62,270,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
6City Island$65,65099%177-24$371$5,029,25412Anchor Bay
7Babies$65,2803%181-120$361$6,341,5015Focus
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$62,47799%244-39$256$62,921,04112Fox
9The Bounty Hunter$61,053--249-38$245$65,817,97112Sony / Columbia
10The Losers$40,000578%206123$194$23,308,0007Warner Bros.
11Clash of the Titans (2010)$36,00089%134-91$269$161,476,00010Warner Bros.
12Hot Tub Time Machine$36,00033%203-161$177$50,128,00011MGM
13MacGruber$30,000-85%177-2369$169$8,392,0003Universal / Rogue
14The Back-up Plan$29,053-14%153-238$190$36,727,1017CBS Films
15Furry Vengeance$25,607147%125-122$205$16,556,4106Summit
16The Ghost Writer$23,155259%14789$158$15,373,94716Summit
17Shutter Island$22,34347%152-49$147$127,913,01316Paramount
18Death at a Funeral (2010)$22,123--102-145$217$42,038,9298Sony / Screen Gems
19Kick-Ass$20,91314%117-46$179$47,589,3198Lionsgate
20Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$14,3154%105-72$136$60,037,83510Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$75,000-6%47-1$1,596$7,407,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Solitary Man$40,701461%2216$1,850$306,1373Anchor Bay
3Avatar$18,087-7%46-38$393$749,143,48525Fox
4Under the Sea 3D$14,0008%17-1$824$22,281,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Kites$12,560-25%58-118$217$1,567,3043Reliance Big Cinema
6Princess Kaiulani$12,2191%25-13$489$676,7344Roadside Attractions
7Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$11,76363%81-27$145$88,635,86417Fox
8The Secret of Kells$5,22579%24-1$218$554,74414GKIDS
9The Tooth Fairy$4,8294%46-30$105$59,982,76420Fox
10The Square (2010)$3,14585%172$185$296,9939Apparition
11The Joneses$64671%7-1$92$1,437,4738Roadside Attractions
12Letters to God$613-35%9--$68$2,841,6009Vivendi