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, Jul. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$23,420,629-17%4,468--$5,242$144,318,9231Summit
2The Last Airbender$14,388,363-13%3,169--$4,540$48,513,5721Paramount
3Toy Story 3$11,433,4519%4,0280$2,838$280,796,7143Disney
4Grown Ups$7,055,9053%3,5340$1,997$72,503,6902Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$3,962,81818%3,1046$1,277$42,632,0442Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$3,087,22715%3,109-631$993$149,298,3924Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$1,197,50910%2,153-1089$556$68,377,4104Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$464,0856%884-1305$525$17,143,2605Universal
2Shrek Forever After$328,50512%957-1383$343$232,009,6347Paramount / DreamWorks
3Letters to Juliet$307,561-13%340-169$905$50,782,5958Summit
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$266,6817%600-1251$444$87,968,9946Disney
5Iron Man 2$243,16313%522-647$466$308,112,7059Paramount
6Solitary Man$205,48952%176-1$1,168$2,599,7487Anchor Bay
7Killers (2010)$186,09310%727-1544$256$45,050,2195Lionsgate
8Sex and the City 2$150,1249%355-546$423$93,982,2096Warner Bros. / New Line
9Marmaduke$138,3573%475-635$291$30,729,1465Fox
10How to Train Your Dragon$130,5501%303-30$431$216,075,16715Paramount / DreamWorks
11Robin Hood$126,63020%378-291$335$103,817,5458Universal
12Date Night$73,4189%242-44$303$97,588,34013Fox
13Splice$69,5974%140-200$497$16,507,6785Warner Bros
14Death at a Funeral (2010)$48,56720%136-20$357$42,683,38112Sony / Screen Gems
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$42,5160%175-51$243$162,886,24914Warner Bros.
16Jonah Hex$41,687-15%350-2475$119$9,904,5793Warner Bros.
17Furry Vengeance$35,278-13%107-50$330$17,446,28410Summit
18A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$15,233-1%110-62$138$62,983,02210Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$313,12033%7760$4,066$1,267,2403Fox Searchlight
2Winter's Bone$180,59453%8313$2,176$1,580,4184Roadside Attractions
3Hubble 3D$90,98021%522$1,750$9,596,57416Warner Bros. / IMAX
4City Island$43,80085%81-24$541$6,283,31116Anchor Bay
5The Bounty Hunter$26,05543%67-37$389$67,038,43016Sony / Columbia
6Just Wright$22,61226%95-16$238$21,297,0748Fox Searchlight
7The Back-up Plan$20,0006%97-50$206$37,345,59911CBS Films
8Under the Sea 3D$15,66613%130$1,205$22,668,49773Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid$15,102-12%70-35$216$63,779,10016Fox
10Babies$12,630-3%42-22$301$7,266,9019Focus
11Avatar$12,00571%9-6$1,334$749,587,18729Fox
12Raavan$5,248109%28-87$187$698,1963Reliance Big Pictures
13The Secret of Kells$4,04532%14-1$289$652,30418GKIDS
14Princess Kaiulani$2,19154%5-3$438$834,5468Roadside Attractions
15The Square (2010)$2,10231%5-3$420$390,98513Apparition
16The Joneses$1,00684%1-2$1,006$1,468,54212Roadside Attractions
17Racing Dreams$50573%2-1$253$47,6477Hanover House