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 Mon, Jul. 19 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$10,185,365-47%3,792--$2,686$72,970,7021Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$4,883,895-51%3,50125$1,395$123,318,4502Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$2,143,952-59%3,504--$612$26,852,0111Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$2,036,463-47%4,001-467$509$266,828,3603Summit
5Toy Story 3$1,891,284-49%3,177-576$595$364,856,6625Disney
6Grown Ups$1,420,438-49%3,074-389$462$130,585,7954Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$1,047,026-57%2,805-398$373$116,185,6333Paramount
8Predators$919,495-57%2,6690$345$41,220,0382Fox
9Knight and Day$445,253-54%1,925-703$231$69,562,6534Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$324,817-51%1,532-926$212$169,615,4926Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$127,162-62%446246$285$5,211,3485Fox Searchlight
2Iron Man 2$91,726-47%36229$253$310,110,31611Paramount
3The A-Team$58,766-50%428-808$137$75,265,9726Fox
4Marmaduke$52,371-32%274-109$191$32,142,7767Fox
5Get Him to the Greek$51,66017%287-155$180$60,181,5907Universal
6Shrek Forever After$51,118-36%240-221$213$234,444,7019Paramount / DreamWorks
7How to Train Your Dragon$43,255-35%228-26$190$217,431,25217Paramount / DreamWorks
8Letters to Juliet$41,508-40%27231$153$52,171,36610Summit
9Winter's Bone$38,388-63%12115$317$3,103,2156Roadside Attractions
10Robin Hood$26,025-41%226-74$115$104,865,05510Universal
11Date Night$19,499-46%166-39$117$98,278,16315Fox
12Solitary Man$18,011-65%146-26$123$3,869,5809Anchor Bay
13Killers (2010)$16,154-51%166-103$97$46,106,9347Lionsgate
14Splice$9,856-51%117-87$84$16,930,0487Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$117,773-66%3831$3,099$1,931,6392Focus
2Hubble 3D$74,784-15%530$1,411$10,930,09218Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Under the Sea 3D$23,3026%130$1,792$22,992,90875Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sex and the City 2$14,999-52%97-59$155$94,951,6558Warner Bros. / New Line
5Jonah Hex$9,164-43%46-19$199$10,201,1785Warner Bros.
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$5,002-53%67-63$75$163,197,11616Warner Bros.
7City Island$4,752-58%49-16$97$6,578,91818Anchor Bay
8Just Wright$3,941-56%56-24$70$21,480,62710Fox Searchlight
9I Hate Luv Storys$2,543-70%35--$73$829,1043UTV
10The Back-up Plan$1,729-49%25-36$69$37,482,97113CBS Films
11Avatar$1,493-67%4-5$373$749,702,91331Fox
12Princess Kaiulani$522-44%3-3$174$855,87710Roadside Attractions
13The Secret of Kells$355-61%6-4$59$686,81520GKIDS
14The Square (2010)$238-73%4-1$60$405,13615Apparition