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. 15 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Karate Kid (2010)$5,610,113-12%3,663--$1,532$67,661,6791Sony / Columbia
2The A-Team$2,702,221-10%3,535--$764$31,373,8851Fox
3Shrek Forever After$2,002,1287%3,868-518$518$213,895,6674Paramount / DreamWorks
4Get Him to the Greek$1,323,980-18%2,7025$490$39,332,0352Universal
5Killers (2010)$1,065,8265%2,8590$373$32,345,9952Lionsgate
6Sex and the City 2$817,00012%2,750-695$297$86,207,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
7Marmaduke$803,67514%3,2130$250$23,791,4772Fox
8Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$797,2675%3,108-538$257$73,784,7743Disney
9Iron Man 2$511,560-5%2,305-702$222$300,331,9856Paramount
10Splice$391,000-4%2,4500$160$13,955,0002Warner Bros
11Robin Hood$293,725-9%1,895-704$155$100,079,5455Universal
12Letters to Juliet$274,7048%1,331-631$206$47,282,3025Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Date Night$70,91613%430-228$165$96,400,14310Fox
2Clash of the Titans (2010)$47,0004%333199$141$162,050,00011Warner Bros.
3How to Train Your Dragon$44,2137%281-62$157$214,511,72912Paramount / DreamWorks
4Furry Vengeance$36,19342%268143$135$16,883,7007Summit
5Babies$33,7799%146-35$231$6,918,9006Focus
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$30,95633%202-42$153$63,419,12313Fox
7Just Wright$29,608-12%279-239$106$20,858,8715Fox Searchlight
8City Island$24,4633%159-18$154$5,703,94413Anchor Bay
9Raajneeti$22,00038%12413$177$1,326,0002UTV Communications
10Kick-Ass$21,4390%17861$120$47,833,6169Lionsgate
11The Back-up Plan$9,8809%112-41$88$36,936,4598CBS Films
12A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$8,300-17%125-169$66$62,597,0007Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Losers$7,400-10%127-79$58$23,544,0008Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$74,00014%481$1,542$8,228,00013Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Solitary Man$35,94010%5331$678$939,7284Anchor Bay
3Avatar$18,61914%26-20$716$749,351,71126Fox
4Under the Sea 3D$14,00017%15-2$933$22,437,00070Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Winter's Bone$8,286-27%4--$2,072$104,3901Roadside Attractions
6The Ghost Writer$5,24320%63-84$83$15,532,78217Summit
7Princess Kaiulani$5,0253%261$193$781,4135Roadside Attractions
8Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$3,52318%43-38$82$88,725,25318Fox
9The Secret of Kells$3,52088%20-4$176$604,51815GKIDS
10The Square (2010)$1,202-72%170$71$332,05810Apparition
11The Joneses$522-36%81$65$1,443,9039Roadside Attractions
12Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema$405-42%4--$101$6,0601Anchor Bay