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 Tue, Jun. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$2,947,30521%4,38619$672$188,602,6433Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$2,199,005-12%2,697--$815$22,263,9551Universal
3Killers (2010)$1,709,2218%2,859--$598$19,131,0001Lionsgate
4Sex and the City 2$1,644,00015%3,4450$477$76,200,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
5Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$1,614,4835%3,6460$443$62,766,9792Disney
6Marmaduke$1,270,09728%3,213--$395$13,861,5491Fox
7Iron Man 2$827,4613%3,007-797$275$293,059,5605Paramount
8Splice$761,000-3%2,450--$311$8,935,0001Warner Bros
9Robin Hood$597,7705%2,599-774$230$95,665,5604Universal
10Letters to Juliet$450,61524%1,962-863$230$44,151,6964Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Date Night$80,6987%658-468$123$95,490,7819Fox
2Just Wright$69,885-9%518-677$135$20,340,7004Fox Searchlight
3How to Train Your Dragon$56,13627%343-482$164$213,983,55311Paramount / DreamWorks
4Raajneeti$56,00037%111--$505$934,0001UTV Communications
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid$39,74452%244-39$163$63,132,90612Fox
6Babies$37,00014%181-120$204$6,599,0005Focus
7City Island$31,73935%177-24$179$5,327,64512Anchor Bay
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$23,000-18%294-597$78$62,463,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Losers$20,00011%206123$97$23,436,0007Warner Bros.
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$19,00027%134-91$142$161,597,00010Warner Bros.
11Hot Tub Time Machine$19,0006%203-161$94$50,251,00011MGM
12MacGruber$16,815-10%177-2369$95$8,496,3953Universal / Rogue
13The Back-up Plan$12,37737%153-238$81$36,815,0967CBS Films
14Shutter Island$11,2658%152-49$74$127,990,13016Paramount
15The Ghost Writer$11,03621%14789$75$15,461,24616Summit
16Kick-Ass$10,308-7%117-46$88$47,662,9438Lionsgate
17Furry Vengeance$9,04123%125-122$72$16,629,1656Summit
18Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$5,9882%105-72$57$60,084,44310Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$73,00011%47-1$1,553$7,700,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Solitary Man$18,55944%2216$844$471,3573Anchor Bay
3Under the Sea 3D$17,00042%17-1$1,000$22,338,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Avatar$11,4881%46-38$250$749,224,99025Fox
5Princess Kaiulani$7,4859%25-13$299$722,5954Roadside Attractions
6Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$6,67824%81-27$82$88,677,17017Fox
7The Tooth Fairy$3,96631%46-30$86$60,002,00820Fox
8The Secret of Kells$3,48328%24-1$145$576,68414GKIDS
9The Square (2010)$1,271-12%172$75$309,6909Apparition
10Letters to God$35483%9-5$39$2,843,4379Vivendi
11The Joneses$61-57%7-1$9$1,438,7958Roadside Attractions