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 Sat, Jun. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$22,590,49126%4,0280$5,608$208,092,8162Disney
2Grown Ups$14,662,3422%3,534--$4,149$29,069,9351Sony / Columbia
3Knight and Day$8,042,45027%3,098--$2,596$21,653,3271Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$6,234,66031%3,74077$1,667$131,237,3273Sony / Columbia
5The A-Team$2,451,78928%3,242-302$756$61,205,1413Fox
6Shrek Forever After$1,240,49342%2,340-867$530$228,550,6836Paramount / DreamWorks
7Get Him to the Greek$1,181,80019%2,189-403$540$53,653,5104Universal
8Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$1,153,86319%1,851-754$623$85,497,0925Disney
9Killers (2010)$759,81620%2,271-348$335$43,394,6464Lionsgate
10Jonah Hex$617,17922%2,8250$218$8,666,5462Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 2$593,76644%1,169-443$508$306,512,0018Paramount
12Marmaduke$394,41625%1,110-1385$355$29,741,0834Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sex and the City 2$472,57821%901-779$525$92,715,3925Warner Bros. / New Line
2Robin Hood$267,59540%669-377$400$103,111,1057Universal
3Solitary Man$214,72076%17770$1,213$1,931,0306Anchor Bay
4How to Train Your Dragon$186,16025%333120$559$215,280,32614Paramount / DreamWorks
5Letters to Juliet$162,49827%509-297$319$49,421,8127Summit
6Date Night$99,76328%286-59$349$97,256,69412Fox
7Splice$97,49834%340-604$287$16,159,2704Warner Bros
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$64,03433%226-41$283$162,645,37913Warner Bros.
9City Island$58,66598%105-28$559$6,113,18315Anchor Bay
10Death at a Funeral (2010)$56,77229%156-5$364$42,553,28711Sony / Screen Gems
11Furry Vengeance$50,49920%157-78$322$17,255,5779Summit
12The Back-up Plan$50,31213%147-19$342$37,213,45810CBS Films
13The Bounty Hunter$44,05125%104-70$424$66,924,62115Sony / Columbia
14Raavan$37,08737%115-4$322$637,4502Reliance Big Pictures
15Just Wright$32,79549%111-47$295$21,199,6827Fox Searchlight
16A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$30,27326%172-56$176$62,876,4469Warner Bros. / New Line
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid$23,9159%105-41$228$63,678,67015Fox
18Kick-Ass$12,80820%102-55$126$48,032,02511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$184,56459%7031$2,637$927,4573Roadside Attractions
2Cyrus$119,45640%1713$7,027$470,0352Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$86,75320%500$1,735$9,088,52515Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Avatar$19,879106%15-2$1,325$749,520,51528Fox
5Babies$17,97848%64-33$281$7,183,3448Focus
6Under the Sea 3D$14,41151%13-2$1,109$22,577,92272Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Square (2010)$6,73936%8-4$842$373,58812Apparition
8The Secret of Kells$3,70328%150$247$634,14317GKIDS
9Princess Kaiulani$2,60058%8-8$325$824,6197Roadside Attractions
10The Joneses$1,725101%3-4$575$1,463,97711Roadside Attractions
11Racing Dreams$44842%31$149$44,2976Hanover House
12Letters to God$143-17%2--$72$2,848,44212Vivendi