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. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$21,342,640--3,476--$6,140$21,342,6401Universal
2The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$11,068,64040%4,4680$2,477$214,731,0172Summit
3Predators$10,406,494--2,669--$3,899$10,406,4941Fox
4Toy Story 3$6,481,95326%3,753-275$1,727$333,652,1994Disney
5The Last Airbender$5,221,61629%3,20334$1,630$88,298,9022Paramount
6Grown Ups$5,083,60556%3,463-71$1,468$99,998,3983Sony / Columbia
7Knight and Day$2,462,31967%2,628-476$937$56,551,1783Fox
8The Karate Kid (2010)$1,689,73619%2,458-651$687$160,625,2245Sony / Columbia
9The A-Team$563,2722%1,236-917$456$72,734,4455Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$366,055257%200123$1,830$2,512,1304Fox Searchlight
2Get Him to the Greek$218,790-5%442-442$495$58,931,2206Universal
3Shrek Forever After$164,951-20%461-496$358$233,447,4568Paramount / DreamWorks
4Winter's Bone$129,250124%10623$1,219$2,185,2105Roadside Attractions
5Marmaduke$122,31941%383-92$319$31,314,2416Fox
6Iron Man 2$121,64315%333-189$365$308,966,18210Paramount
7Solitary Man$119,547126%172-4$695$3,205,4888Anchor Bay
8Letters to Juliet$109,22114%241-99$453$51,499,0649Summit
9How to Train Your Dragon$108,4588%254-49$427$216,684,50216Paramount / DreamWorks
10Robin Hood$94,51561%300-78$315$104,301,3959Universal
11Killers (2010)$91,6578%269-458$341$45,668,4966Lionsgate
12Sex and the City 2$67,439-28%156-199$432$94,560,4177Warner Bros. / New Line
13Date Night$62,64758%205-37$306$97,876,83014Fox
14Splice$38,079116%20464$187$16,668,5896Warner Bros
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$26,00519%130-45$200$163,044,34515Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$143,380--7--$20,483$143,3801Focus
2Hubble 3D$93,54814%531$1,765$10,110,65417Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Hate Luv Storys$39,85184%79--$504$664,3902UTV
4Grease Sing-a-Long$24,796-29%12--$2,066$59,8061Paramount
5Under the Sea 3D$23,60718%130$1,816$22,783,34574Warner Bros. / IMAX
6City Island$20,50040%65-16$315$6,435,39517Anchor Bay
7Furry Vengeance$16,885-19%86-21$196$17,562,68011Summit
8Just Wright$16,24854%80-15$203$21,379,1619Fox Searchlight
9Jonah Hex$12,906-40%65-285$199$10,055,7634Warner Bros.
10The Back-up Plan$12,089-5%61-36$198$37,423,42412CBS Films
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$12,000-7%51-19$235$63,850,19217Fox
12Avatar$10,44368%90$1,160$749,630,88130Fox
13A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$8,9830%53-57$169$63,039,83311Warner Bros. / New Line
14Racing Dreams$3,285--1-1$3,285$53,3458Hanover House
15Princess Kaiulani$1,70891%61$285$842,9799Roadside Attractions
16The Square (2010)$920-27%50$184$398,71514Apparition
17The Joneses$79773%21$399$1,472,85013Roadside Attractions
18The Secret of Kells$672-65%10-4$67$678,59619GKIDS
19Raajneeti$474--5--$95$1,513,3056UTV Communications