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. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$15,123,212-3%4,028--$3,755$141,036,4871Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$3,539,8343%3,6630$966$114,111,6162Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$1,851,0503%3,5449$522$54,080,2252Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$1,049,7603%2,592-110$405$49,917,4703Universal
5Shrek Forever After$892,10619%3,207-661$278$224,720,8765Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killers (2010)$801,9439%2,619-240$306$40,840,4013Lionsgate
7Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$697,8808%2,605-503$268$82,144,9954Disney
8Jonah Hex$645,0000%2,825--$228$6,673,0001Warner Bros.
9Sex and the City 2$478,00022%1,680-1070$285$91,041,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
10Marmaduke$392,93225%2,495-718$157$28,417,6233Fox
11Iron Man 2$331,915-3%1,612-693$206$304,885,1517Paramount
12Robin Hood$172,7007%1,046-849$165$102,414,3356Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Letters to Juliet$161,34920%806-525$200$48,887,5466Summit
2Splice$130,000-1%944-1506$138$15,831,0003Warner Bros
3Date Night$52,8875%345-85$153$96,986,67211Fox
4Solitary Man$51,45528%10754$481$1,518,3215Anchor Bay
5Clash of the Titans (2010)$39,0008%267-66$146$162,460,00012Warner Bros.
6How to Train Your Dragon$34,43224%213-68$162$214,826,55513Paramount / DreamWorks
7Raavan$29,94628%120--$250$536,0141Reliance Big Pictures
8Furry Vengeance$28,57349%235-33$122$17,108,5878Summit
9City Island$25,85337%133-26$194$5,982,38114Anchor Bay
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$23,0000%228103$101$62,779,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$22,90835%146-56$157$63,587,60214Fox
12The Back-up Plan$19,38519%16654$117$37,086,2709CBS Films
13Just Wright$16,734-8%158-121$106$21,120,5996Fox Searchlight
14Kick-Ass$15,50513%157-21$99$47,979,92910Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,00013%502$1,540$8,779,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$40,1521%3935$1,030$554,2982Roadside Attractions
3Cyrus$22,036-4%4--$5,509$226,7371Fox Searchlight
4Babies$17,33513%97-49$179$7,113,9007Focus
5Under the Sea 3D$16,19360%150$1,080$22,527,41871Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Avatar$16,04841%17-9$944$749,462,37027Fox
7Princess Kaiulani$3,2063%16-10$200$815,0516Roadside Attractions
8The Losers$2,9000%31-96$94$23,587,0009Warner Bros.
9The Square (2010)$2,122-1%12-5$177$357,62111Apparition
10The Secret of Kells$1,67928%15-5$112$623,34916GKIDS
11The Joneses$824-8%7-1$118$1,458,58110Roadside Attractions
12Racing Dreams$7658%2--$38$43,6575Hanover House