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 Tue, Jul. 6 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$10,567,862-44%4,468--$2,365$186,950,0821Summit
2Toy Story 3$5,939,482-54%4,0280$1,475$307,822,7803Disney
3The Last Airbender$5,385,151-53%3,169--$1,699$74,700,4801Paramount
4Grown Ups$3,704,741-47%3,5340$1,048$88,339,0482Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$1,672,998-55%3,1046$539$51,133,3462Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$1,570,656-48%3,109-631$505$156,125,4364Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$586,471-52%2,153-1089$272$71,080,4784Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$274,040-44%884-1305$310$58,239,4755Universal
2Shrek Forever After$209,088-46%957-1383$218$232,873,5207Paramount / DreamWorks
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$115,169-41%600-1251$192$88,454,1556Disney
4Letters to Juliet$111,740-25%340-169$329$51,206,4198Summit
5Iron Man 2$106,552-55%522-647$204$308,636,8499Paramount
6How to Train Your Dragon$90,551-35%303-30$299$216,387,29015Paramount / DreamWorks
7Sex and the City 2$86,223-41%355-546$243$94,309,3326Warner Bros. / New Line
8Killers (2010)$85,486-44%727-1544$118$45,409,0765Lionsgate
9Marmaduke$81,997-34%475-635$173$31,021,7355Fox
10Solitary Man$58,943-63%176-1$335$2,976,7507Anchor Bay
11Robin Hood$58,590-52%378-291$155$104,093,4108Universal
12Date Night$38,823-39%242-44$160$97,736,54613Fox
13Splice$22,741-30%140-200$162$16,594,4425Warner Bros
14Clash of the Titans (2010)$21,994-44%175-51$126$162,977,45814Warner Bros.
15Jonah Hex$21,565-47%350-2475$62$9,999,6503Warner Bros.
16Furry Vengeance$19,043-18%107-50$178$17,508,50710Summit
17A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$8,091-37%110-62$74$63,013,96810Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$125,381-61%7760$1,628$1,937,3663Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$77,576-21%522$1,492$9,853,18416Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Winter's Bone$58,820-65%8313$709$1,940,3084Roadside Attractions
4I Hate Luv Storys$38,279-48%84--$456$573,5521UTV
5City Island$17,541-61%81-24$217$6,382,73716Anchor Bay
6Under the Sea 3D$17,51210%130$1,347$22,720,30273Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Just Wright$12,248-36%95-16$129$21,341,6818Fox Searchlight
8The Back-up Plan$12,025-30%97-50$124$37,387,71111CBS Films
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid$11,466-18%70-35$164$63,814,68716Fox
10Babies$8,340-30%42-22$199$7,299,7249Focus
11Avatar$5,684-19%9-6$632$749,609,54829Fox
12The Secret of Kells$2,046-18%14-1$146$673,94318GKIDS
13The Square (2010)$955-57%5-3$191$395,61713Apparition
14Princess Kaiulani$698-62%5-3$140$839,0068Roadside Attractions
15Raavan$573-83%28-87$20$706,2773Reliance Big Pictures
16The Joneses$464-50%1-2$464$1,471,03312Roadside Attractions