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. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$21,782,199--3,792--$5,744$21,782,1991Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$10,135,39558%3,50125$2,895$98,356,3202Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$5,480,63371%3,504--$1,564$12,569,0701Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$4,463,84530%4,001-467$1,116$255,835,2623Summit
5Toy Story 3$3,500,59039%3,177-576$1,102$354,467,6925Disney
6Grown Ups$3,138,22769%3,074-389$1,021$122,392,5684Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$2,218,71741%2,805-398$791$109,602,1713Paramount
8Predators$2,173,14930%2,6690$814$35,457,1902Fox
9Knight and Day$1,117,60439%1,925-703$581$66,626,9834Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$680,18621%1,532-926$444$167,682,1546Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$305,830154%446246$686$4,296,7035Fox Searchlight
2Iron Man 2$168,147239%36229$464$309,624,99711Paramount
3The A-Team$149,544-7%428-808$349$74,895,7276Fox
4Winter's Bone$91,90287%12115$760$2,808,5746Roadside Attractions
5Marmaduke$89,62536%274-109$327$31,906,0507Fox
6Shrek Forever After$85,90021%240-221$358$234,199,1099Paramount / DreamWorks
7Letters to Juliet$76,59264%27231$282$51,966,25710Summit
8How to Train Your Dragon$75,19014%228-26$330$217,225,79517Paramount / DreamWorks
9Robin Hood$56,49545%226-74$250$104,721,51010Universal
10Get Him to the Greek$56,495-31%287-155$197$59,892,2507Universal
11Solitary Man$48,46432%146-26$332$3,717,3999Anchor Bay
12Killers (2010)$44,60961%166-103$269$46,014,7547Lionsgate
13Date Night$43,67748%166-39$263$98,168,95015Fox
14Splice$20,347-8%117-87$174$16,874,7907Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$285,667365%3831$7,518$1,035,1742Focus
2Hubble 3D$89,40215%530$1,687$10,660,44918Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Grease Sing-a-Long$39,492-6%219$1,881$177,4192Paramount
4Jonah Hex$33,0771107%46-19$719$10,132,1085Warner Bros.
5Sex and the City 2$32,5302%97-59$335$94,868,7178Warner Bros. / New Line
6Under the Sea 3D$23,79734%130$1,831$22,920,48375Warner Bros. / IMAX
7I Hate Luv Storys$10,076--35-44$288$798,9733UTV
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$9,976-24%67-63$149$163,167,09816Warner Bros.
9Just Wright$8,45620%56-24$151$21,454,72810Fox Searchlight
10City Island$8,007-10%49-16$163$6,544,86918Anchor Bay
11The Back-up Plan$3,874-30%25-36$155$37,472,82813CBS Films
12Avatar$3,840-63%4-5$960$749,689,64531Fox
13Udaan$668--2--$334$6681UTV Communications
14Princess Kaiulani$560-11%3-3$187$853,42310Roadside Attractions
15The Secret of Kells$524-33%6-4$87$684,79920GKIDS
16The Square (2010)$45320%4-1$113$402,65615Apparition