'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 Mon, Jul. 12 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$7,525,540-47%3,476--$2,165$63,922,6651Universal
2The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$4,328,214-48%4,4680$969$239,699,0292Summit
3Toy Story 3$2,799,643-50%3,753-275$746$342,040,5004Disney
5Grown Ups$2,173,492-48%3,463-71$628$112,895,0233Sony / Columbia
6The Last Airbender$2,101,051-55%3,20334$656$101,813,8082Paramount
7Knight and Day$933,054-51%2,628-476$355$62,741,1643Fox
8The Karate Kid (2010)$690,106-50%2,458-651$281$164,991,2305Sony / Columbia
9The A-Team$240,348-47%1,236-917$194$74,163,9425Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$140,415-57%200123$702$3,566,9604Fox Searchlight
2Get Him to the Greek$117,130-40%442-442$265$59,541,1856Universal
3Shrek Forever After$70,164-46%461-496$152$233,855,0618Paramount / DreamWorks
5How to Train Your Dragon$55,886-33%254-49$220$216,949,85316Paramount / DreamWorks
6Iron Man 2$53,511-47%333-189$161$309,290,80510Paramount
7Winter's Bone$45,288-60%10623$427$2,558,8855Roadside Attractions
8Robin Hood$40,495-44%300-78$135$104,535,3009Universal
9Letters to Juliet$38,490-48%241-99$160$51,764,5549Summit
10Solitary Man$36,766-63%172-4$214$3,545,5718Anchor Bay
11Killers (2010)$32,171-43%269-458$120$45,877,7796Lionsgate
12Sex and the City 2$31,486-44%156-199$202$94,733,1757Warner Bros. / New Line
13Date Night$29,599-39%205-37$144$98,032,34514Fox
14Splice$23,449-45%20464$115$16,785,6576Warner Bros
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$13,623-45%130-45$105$163,116,22315Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$63,645-57%7--$9,092$555,6161Focus
2Hubble 3D$59,462-12%531$1,122$10,332,17917Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Under the Sea 3D$17,04042%130$1,311$22,833,29574Warner Bros. / IMAX
4City Island$7,769-61%65-16$120$6,506,39417Anchor Bay
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid$6,998-13%51-19$137$63,877,49517Fox
6Furry Vengeance$6,871-38%86-21$80$17,603,12711Summit
7Just Wright$6,656-54%80-15$83$21,423,0499Fox Searchlight
9The Back-up Plan$5,165-45%61-36$85$37,452,93212CBS Films
10Jonah Hex$5,110-49%65-285$79$10,088,3494Warner Bros.
11A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,728-57%53-57$70$63,063,38311Warner Bros. / New Line
12Princess Kaiulani$961-44%61$160$850,6349Roadside Attractions
13The Secret of Kells$698-38%10-4$70$681,86919GKIDS
14The Joneses$306-64%10$306$1,474,81413Roadside Attractions
15The Square (2010)$205-72%50$41$401,08014Apparition