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, Jul. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$28,153,31616%4,468--$6,301$120,898,2941Summit
2The Last Airbender$16,614,112-5%3,169--$5,243$34,125,2091Paramount
3Toy Story 3$10,537,09441%4,0280$2,616$269,363,2633Disney
4Grown Ups$6,866,27068%3,5340$1,943$65,447,7852Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$3,360,61284%3,1046$1,083$38,669,2262Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$2,687,90759%3,109-631$865$146,211,1654Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$1,088,95172%2,153-1089$506$67,179,9014Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$437,58067%884-1305$495$16,679,1755Universal
2Letters to Juliet$352,729128%340-169$1,037$50,475,0348Summit
3Shrek Forever After$292,654-5%957-1383$306$231,681,1297Paramount / DreamWorks
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$248,1437%600-1251$414$87,702,3136Disney
5Iron Man 2$215,07934%522-647$412$307,869,5429Paramount
6Killers (2010)$168,797113%727-1544$232$44,864,1265Lionsgate
7Sex and the City 2$137,31625%355-546$387$93,832,0856Warner Bros. / New Line
8Solitary Man$135,080225%176-1$768$2,394,2597Anchor Bay
9Marmaduke$134,748156%475-635$284$30,590,7895Fox
10How to Train Your Dragon$129,38329%303-30$427$215,944,61715Paramount / DreamWorks
11Robin Hood$105,84096%378-291$280$103,690,9158Universal
12Date Night$67,634117%242-44$279$97,514,92213Fox
13Splice$66,871273%140-200$478$16,438,0815Warner Bros
14Jonah Hex$49,06619%350-2475$140$9,862,8923Warner Bros.
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$42,66056%175-51$244$162,843,73314Warner Bros.
16Furry Vengeance$40,531102%107-50$379$17,411,00610Summit
17Death at a Funeral (2010)$40,361--136-20$297$42,634,81412Sony / Screen Gems
18A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$15,31517%110-62$139$62,967,78910Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$236,246490%7760$3,068$954,1203Fox Searchlight
2Winter's Bone$117,93397%8313$1,421$1,399,8244Roadside Attractions
3Hubble 3D$75,1958%522$1,446$9,505,59416Warner Bros. / IMAX
4City Island$23,73574%81-24$293$6,239,51116Anchor Bay
5The Back-up Plan$18,81524%97-50$194$37,325,59911CBS Films
6The Bounty Hunter$18,276--67-37$273$67,012,37516Sony / Columbia
7Just Wright$17,992138%95-16$189$21,274,4628Fox Searchlight
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$17,21128%70-35$246$63,763,99816Fox
9Under the Sea 3D$13,812-9%130$1,062$22,652,83173Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Babies$13,08010%42-22$311$7,254,2719Focus
11Avatar$7,0247%9-6$780$749,575,18229Fox
12The Secret of Kells$3,07047%14-1$219$648,25918GKIDS
13Raavan$2,506-44%28-87$90$692,9483Reliance Big Pictures
14The Square (2010)$1,600-14%5-3$320$388,88313Apparition
15Princess Kaiulani$1,42642%5-3$285$832,3558Roadside Attractions
16The Joneses$54817%1-2$548$1,467,53612Roadside Attractions
17Racing Dreams$29254%2-1$146$47,1427Hanover House