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 Thu, Jul. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$7,931,087-10%4,46852$1,775$203,662,3771Summit
2Toy Story 3$5,147,053-2%4,0280$1,278$318,224,8993Disney
3The Last Airbender$4,036,407-7%3,1690$1,274$83,077,2861Paramount
4Grown Ups$3,251,525-2%3,5340$920$94,914,7932Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$1,478,7890%3,1046$476$54,088,8592Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$1,415,7152%3,1090$455$158,935,4884Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$551,3672%2,153-9$256$72,171,1734Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$229,855-5%884-106$260$58,712,4305Universal
2Shrek Forever After$205,1551%957-1383$214$233,282,5057Paramount / DreamWorks
3Iron Man 2$106,0694%522-647$203$308,844,5399Paramount
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$104,0646%600-102$173$88,656,1326Disney
5How to Train Your Dragon$100,01913%303-30$330$216,576,04415Paramount / DreamWorks
6Letters to Juliet$96,00710%340-169$282$51,389,8438Summit
7Sex and the City 2$93,4023%355-546$263$94,492,9786Warner Bros. / New Line
8Marmaduke$86,6874%47590$182$31,191,9225Fox
9Killers (2010)$85,0033%727-111$117$45,576,8395Lionsgate
10Robin Hood$58,6957%3786$155$104,206,8808Universal
11Solitary Man$52,878-8%176-1$300$3,085,9417Anchor Bay
12Date Night$39,6664%242-44$164$97,814,18313Fox
13Clash of the Titans (2010)$21,86715%175-51$125$163,018,34014Warner Bros.
14Jonah Hex$21,427-2%350-2475$61$10,042,8573Warner Bros.
15Furry Vengeance$20,75426%107-50$194$17,545,79510Summit
16Splice$17,626-4%140-200$126$16,630,5105Warner Bros
17A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$8,94813%110-62$81$63,030,85010Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$102,509-3%7760$1,331$2,146,0753Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$82,2460%522$1,582$10,015,13516Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Winter's Bone$57,595-1%8313$694$2,055,9604Roadside Attractions
4Grease Sing-a-Long$35,010--12--$2,918$35,0100Paramount
5I Hate Luv Storys$21,683-26%84--$258$624,5391UTV
6Under the Sea 3D$19,9336%130$1,533$22,759,02973Warner Bros. / IMAX
7City Island$14,649-13%81-24$181$6,414,89516Anchor Bay
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$12,83720%70-35$183$63,838,19216Fox
9The Back-up Plan$12,73517%97-50$131$37,411,33511CBS Films
10Just Wright$10,566-1%95-16$111$21,362,9138Fox Searchlight
11Babies$10,112-4%42-22$241$7,320,3239Focus
12Avatar$6,20332%9-6$689$749,620,43829Fox
13The Secret of Kells$1,909-8%14-1$136$677,92418GKIDS
14The Square (2010)$1,26438%5-3$253$397,79513Apparition
15Raavan$1,074-22%28-87$38$708,7263Reliance Big Pictures
16Princess Kaiulani$895-35%5-5$179$841,2718Roadside Attractions
17The Joneses$461-18%1-2$461$1,472,05312Roadside Attractions