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. 25 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$17,950,64337%4,0280$4,456$185,502,3252Disney
2Grown Ups$14,407,593--3,534--$4,077$14,407,5931Sony / Columbia
3Knight and Day$6,322,34982%3,098--$2,041$13,610,8771Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$4,761,36751%3,74077$1,273$125,002,6673Sony / Columbia
5The A-Team$1,910,37438%3,242-302$589$58,753,3523Fox
6Get Him to the Greek$995,99529%2,189-403$455$52,471,7104Universal
7Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$967,03446%1,851-754$522$84,343,2295Disney
8Shrek Forever After$872,466-3%2,340-867$373$227,310,1906Paramount / DreamWorks
9Killers (2010)$634,7579%2,271-348$280$42,634,8304Lionsgate
10Jonah Hex$505,72619%2,8250$179$8,049,3672Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 2$410,96628%1,169-443$352$305,918,2358Paramount
12Marmaduke$315,1122%1,110-1385$284$29,346,6674Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sex and the City 2$389,544-5%901-779$432$92,242,8145Warner Bros. / New Line
2Robin Hood$190,66550%669-377$285$102,843,5107Universal
3How to Train Your Dragon$149,137168%333120$448$215,094,16614Paramount / DreamWorks
4Letters to Juliet$128,4332%509-297$252$49,259,3147Summit
5Solitary Man$121,826244%17770$688$1,716,3106Anchor Bay
6Date Night$77,89765%286-59$272$97,156,93112Fox
7Splice$73,031-8%340-604$215$16,061,7724Warner Bros
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$48,12028%226-41$213$162,581,34513Warner Bros.
9The Back-up Plan$44,523157%147-19$303$37,163,14610CBS Films
10Death at a Funeral (2010)$43,988--156-5$282$42,496,51511Sony / Screen Gems
11Furry Vengeance$42,15548%157-78$269$17,205,0789Summit
12The Bounty Hunter$35,352--104-70$340$66,880,57015Sony / Columbia
13City Island$29,57339%105-28$282$6,054,51815Anchor Bay
14Raavan$27,04973%115-4$235$600,3632Reliance Big Pictures
15A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$24,07010%172-56$140$62,846,1739Warner Bros. / New Line
16Just Wright$21,97965%111-47$198$21,166,8877Fox Searchlight
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid$21,979-4%105-41$209$63,654,75515Fox
18Kick-Ass$10,638-29%102-55$104$48,019,21711Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$115,940226%7031$1,656$742,8933Roadside Attractions
2Cyrus$85,547347%1713$5,032$350,5792Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$72,166-7%500$1,443$9,001,77215Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Babies$12,123-43%64-33$189$7,165,3668Focus
5Avatar$9,634-36%15-2$642$749,500,63628Fox
6Under the Sea 3D$9,555-39%13-2$735$22,563,51172Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Square (2010)$4,956106%8-4$620$366,84912Apparition
8The Secret of Kells$2,88367%150$192$630,44017GKIDS
9Princess Kaiulani$1,648-33%8-8$206$822,0197Roadside Attractions
10The Joneses$860-40%3-4$287$1,462,25211Roadside Attractions
11Racing Dreams$316159%31$105$43,8496Hanover House
12Letters to God$173--2--$87$2,848,29912Vivendi