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. 13 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$8,151,2208%3,476--$2,345$72,073,8851Universal
2The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$4,510,5484%4,4680$1,010$244,209,5772Summit
3Toy Story 3$3,424,50122%3,753-275$912$345,465,0014Disney
4Grown Ups$2,412,20511%3,463-71$697$115,307,2283Sony / Columbia
5Predators$2,364,620-9%2,669--$886$29,731,3301Fox
6The Last Airbender$2,271,4408%3,20334$709$104,085,2482Paramount
7Knight and Day$1,109,37619%2,628-476$422$63,850,5403Fox
8The Karate Kid (2010)$837,58021%2,458-651$341$165,828,8105Sony / Columbia
9The A-Team$260,1188%2,1530$121$74,424,0605Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$155,81711%200123$779$3,722,7774Fox Searchlight
2Get Him to the Greek$119,3402%442-442$270$59,660,5256Universal
3Shrek Forever After$103,84148%461-496$225$233,958,9028Paramount / DreamWorks
4Marmaduke$80,34540%4750$169$31,683,4796Fox
5How to Train Your Dragon$73,06531%254-49$288$217,022,91816Paramount / DreamWorks
6Iron Man 2$61,21514%333-189$184$309,352,02010Paramount
7Winter's Bone$53,41118%10623$504$2,612,2965Roadside Attractions
8Robin Hood$47,95018%300-78$160$104,583,2509Universal
9Solitary Man$47,49429%172-4$276$3,593,5148Anchor Bay
10Letters to Juliet$41,0897%241-99$170$51,805,6439Summit
11Sex and the City 2$39,67226%156-199$254$94,772,8477Warner Bros. / New Line
12Killers (2010)$37,43116%269-458$139$45,915,2106Lionsgate
13Date Night$33,74114%2420$139$98,066,08614Fox
14Splice$23,6241%20464$116$16,809,2816Warner Bros
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$15,02110%130-45$116$163,131,24415Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$81,23937%531$1,533$10,413,41817Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Kids Are All Right$67,3136%7--$9,616$622,9291Focus
3Under the Sea 3D$21,34825%130$1,642$22,854,64374Warner Bros. / IMAX
4City Island$11,57949%65-16$178$6,517,97417Anchor Bay
5Furry Vengeance$10,99060%86-21$128$17,614,11711Summit
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$9,16031%51-19$180$63,886,65517Fox
7Just Wright$8,84933%80-15$111$21,431,8989Fox Searchlight
8The Back-up Plan$5,72611%61-36$94$37,458,65812CBS Films
9Jonah Hex$4,718-8%65-285$73$10,093,0674Warner Bros.
10Avatar$4,548-24%90$505$749,667,91030Fox
11A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,8142%53-57$72$63,067,19711Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Secret of Kells$87525%10-4$88$682,74419GKIDS
13Princess Kaiulani$858-11%61$143$851,4929Roadside Attractions
14The Joneses$53274%10$532$1,475,34613Roadside Attractions
15The Square (2010)$36779%50$73$401,44714Apparition