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 Mon, Jun. 14 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Karate Kid (2010)$6,385,761-60%3,663--$1,743$62,051,5661Sony / Columbia
2The A-Team$3,002,209-55%3,535--$849$28,671,6641Fox
3Shrek Forever After$1,870,982-60%3,868-518$484$211,893,5394Paramount / DreamWorks
4Get Him to the Greek$1,607,335-44%2,7025$595$38,008,0552Universal
5Killers (2010)$1,018,545-50%2,8590$356$31,280,1692Lionsgate
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$759,205-58%3,108-538$244$72,987,5073Disney
7Sex and the City 2$731,000-50%2,750-695$266$85,390,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
8Marmaduke$702,262-58%3,2130$219$22,987,8022Fox
9Iron Man 2$538,035-57%2,305-702$233$299,820,4256Paramount
10Splice$409,000-51%2,4500$167$13,563,0002Warner Bros
11Robin Hood$322,150-55%1,895-704$170$99,785,8205Universal
12Letters to Juliet$253,356-45%1,331-631$190$47,007,5985Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Date Night$62,509-50%430-228$145$96,329,22710Fox
2Clash of the Titans (2010)$45,000-54%333199$135$162,003,00011Warner Bros.
3How to Train Your Dragon$41,135-54%281-62$146$214,467,51612Paramount / DreamWorks
4Just Wright$33,692-52%279-239$121$20,829,2635Fox Searchlight
5Babies$31,105-46%146-35$213$6,885,1216Focus
6Furry Vengeance$25,544-50%268143$95$16,847,5077Summit
7City Island$23,839-66%159-18$150$5,679,38113Anchor Bay
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$23,271-44%202-42$115$63,388,16713Fox
9Kick-Ass$21,418-38%17861$120$47,812,1779Lionsgate
10Raajneeti$16,000-77%12413$129$1,304,0002UTV Communications
11A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$10,000-44%125-169$80$62,588,0007Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Back-up Plan$9,070-51%112-41$81$36,926,5798CBS Films
13The Losers$8,200-45%127-79$65$23,536,0008Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$65,000-10%481$1,354$8,157,00013Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Solitary Man$32,707-68%5331$617$903,7884Anchor Bay
3Avatar$16,293-23%26-20$627$749,333,09226Fox
4Under the Sea 3D$12,00033%15-2$800$22,423,00070Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Winter's Bone$11,307-55%4--$2,827$96,1041Roadside Attractions
6Princess Kaiulani$4,889-56%261$188$776,3885Roadside Attractions
7The Ghost Writer$4,371-53%63-84$69$15,527,53917Summit
8The Square (2010)$4,24116%170$249$330,85610Apparition
9Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$2,982-56%43-38$69$88,721,73018Fox
10The Secret of Kells$1,873-72%20-4$94$600,99815GKIDS
11The Joneses$811-21%81$101$1,443,3819Roadside Attractions
12Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema$697-45%4--$174$5,6551Anchor Bay