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. 28 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$8,921,924-53%4,0280$2,215$235,811,2752Disney
2Grown Ups$5,310,771-54%3,534--$1,503$45,817,3331Sony / Columbia
3Knight and Day$2,163,763-63%3,098--$698$29,592,2761Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$2,136,427-53%3,74077$571$137,925,1483Sony / Columbia
5The A-Team$867,968-53%3,242-302$268$63,915,4003Fox
6Get Him to the Greek$569,140-41%2,189-403$260$55,185,6354Universal
7Shrek Forever After$515,236-48%2,340-867$220$230,054,3256Paramount / DreamWorks
8Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$361,669-50%1,851-754$195$86,583,5485Disney
9Killers (2010)$294,109-46%2,271-348$130$44,232,8634Lionsgate
10Jonah Hex$261,120-48%2,8250$92$9,432,2032Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 2$194,463-55%1,169-443$166$307,138,1108Paramount
12Marmaduke$157,106-41%1,110-1385$142$30,166,0474Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sex and the City 2$192,100-46%901-779$213$93,264,7155Warner Bros. / New Line
2Robin Hood$90,315-53%669-377$135$103,392,0857Universal
3How to Train Your Dragon$89,135-37%333120$268$215,511,66314Paramount / DreamWorks
4Letters to Juliet$68,848-40%509-297$135$49,606,2777Summit
5Solitary Man$45,853-67%17770$259$2,120,4076Anchor Bay
6Splice$36,815-47%340-604$108$16,265,9214Warner Bros
7Date Night$32,720-49%286-59$114$97,353,13912Fox
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$25,637-51%226-41$113$162,723,24513Warner Bros.
9The Back-up Plan$15,988-46%147-19$109$37,259,19010CBS Films
10Furry Vengeance$15,824-48%157-78$101$17,302,0999Summit
11City Island$14,878-65%105-28$142$6,171,16515Anchor Bay
12A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$13,133-49%172-56$76$62,915,3009Warner Bros. / New Line
13Just Wright$11,123-43%111-47$100$21,230,2157Fox Searchlight
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid$10,089-37%105-41$96$63,704,70715Fox
15Kick-Ass$7,228-37%102-55$71$48,050,73311Lionsgate
16Raavan$7,209-72%115-5$63$670,4952Reliance Big Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$60,061-18%500$1,201$9,223,48915Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$49,933-64%7031$713$1,114,2643Roadside Attractions
3Cyrus$38,971-59%1713$2,292$605,2302Fox Searchlight
4Under the Sea 3D$10,6927%13-2$822$22,597,42972Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Avatar$9,455-37%15-2$630$749,545,02928Fox
6Babies$8,561-43%64-33$134$7,206,8458Focus
7The Square (2010)$1,840-70%8-4$230$381,53712Apparition
8The Secret of Kells$1,553-60%150$104$639,54817GKIDS
9Princess Kaiulani$1,197-40%8-8$150$827,3907Roadside Attractions
10The Joneses$381-69%3-4$127$1,465,57211Roadside Attractions
11Racing Dreams$113-73%20$57$45,1466Hanover House