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 Wed, Jun. 30 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$68,533,840--4,416--$15,519$68,533,8400Summit
2Toy Story 3$7,315,449-11%4,0280$1,816$251,344,6632Disney
3Grown Ups$4,089,557-11%3,534--$1,157$54,486,6461Sony / Columbia
4The Karate Kid (2010)$1,791,851-15%3,291-372$544$141,831,3673Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$1,756,549-17%3,09855$567$33,477,3371Fox
6The A-Team$712,643-14%2,585-959$276$65,459,3853Fox
7Shrek Forever After$500,220-5%2,340-867$214$231,079,4966Paramount / DreamWorks
8Get Him to the Greek$322,975-31%1,267-1112$255$55,979,2454Universal
9Iron Man 2$175,166-3%1,169-443$150$307,493,5168Paramount
10Killers (2010)$129,916-49%1,093-1526$119$44,616,0164Lionsgate
11Jonah Hex$107,138-54%2,8250$38$9,772,4672Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$258,051-32%869-1408$297$87,221,5485Disney
2Letters to Juliet$249,814124%509-297$491$49,967,8217Summit
3Sex and the City 2$118,436-41%901-779$131$93,585,3195Warner Bros. / New Line
4How to Train Your Dragon$92,083-17%333120$277$215,714,81414Paramount / DreamWorks
5Marmaduke$73,759-55%481-1267$153$30,403,4334Fox
6Robin Hood$52,080-40%372-431$140$103,531,1357Universal
7Solitary Man$42,514-22%17770$240$2,217,4846Anchor Bay
8Furry Vengeance$29,22753%157-78$186$17,350,3959Summit
9Date Night$28,453-18%286-12$99$97,416,12612Fox
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$24,029-9%226-41$106$162,773,68013Warner Bros.
11Splice$19,687-45%340-604$58$16,321,1484Warner Bros
12City Island$13,960-18%105-28$133$6,202,13615Anchor Bay
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid$13,243-14%105-41$126$63,733,34715Fox
14The Back-up Plan$12,441-38%147-19$85$37,291,63210CBS Films
15A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$11,473-9%172-56$67$62,939,3819Warner Bros. / New Line
16Just Wright$7,845-28%111-47$71$21,248,9137Fox Searchlight
17Kick-Ass$6,456-11%102-55$63$48,064,42211Lionsgate
18Raavan$5,324-47%115-5$46$685,8022Reliance Big Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$71,92010%500$1,438$9,361,54315Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$51,705-8%7031$739$1,221,9033Roadside Attractions
3Cyrus$35,627-4%1713$2,096$677,8292Fox Searchlight
4Under the Sea 3D$12,344-12%13-2$950$22,623,82772Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Babies$8,836-35%64-33$138$7,229,3238Focus
6Avatar$4,333-65%151$289$749,561,61228Fox
7The Square (2010)$2,09317%8-4$262$385,42512Apparition
8The Secret of Kells$1,743-3%150$116$643,09617GKIDS
9Racing Dreams$1,306528%31$435$46,6606Hanover House
10Princess Kaiulani$633-57%8-8$79$829,4957Roadside Attractions
11The Joneses$4792%3-4$160$69,00411Roadside Attractions