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. 20 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$9,765,137-4%3,792--$2,575$82,735,8391Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$5,216,4907%3,50125$1,490$128,534,9402Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$2,318,5398%3,504--$662$29,170,5501Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$2,088,6123%4,001-467$522$268,916,9723Summit
5Toy Story 3$2,064,1259%3,177-576$650$366,920,7875Disney
6Grown Ups$1,518,9657%3,074-389$494$132,104,7604Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$1,085,0084%2,805-398$387$117,270,6413Paramount
8Predators$930,4731%2,6690$349$42,150,5112Fox
9Knight and Day$508,49114%1,925-703$264$70,071,1444Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$359,50211%1,532-926$235$169,974,9946Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$148,77317%446246$334$5,360,1215Fox Searchlight
2Iron Man 2$108,32918%36229$299$310,218,64511Paramount
3Shrek Forever After$70,52438%240-221$294$234,515,2259Paramount / DreamWorks
4Marmaduke$67,52629%274-201$246$32,210,3027Fox
5The A-Team$66,99814%428-1725$157$75,332,9706Fox
6Letters to Juliet$53,15228%27231$195$52,224,51810Summit
7Get Him to the Greek$53,0953%287-155$185$60,234,6857Universal
8How to Train Your Dragon$52,96122%228-26$232$217,484,21317Paramount / DreamWorks
9Winter's Bone$44,83117%12115$371$3,148,0466Roadside Attractions
10Robin Hood$29,38013%226-74$130$104,894,43510Universal
11Solitary Man$23,26129%146-26$159$3,894,2279Anchor Bay
12Date Night$22,28814%166-76$134$98,300,45115Fox
13Killers (2010)$21,14531%166-103$127$46,128,0797Lionsgate
14Splice$10,2504%117-87$88$16,940,2987Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$133,09913%3831$3,503$2,064,7382Focus
2Hubble 3D$87,00016%530$1,642$11,017,09218Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Under the Sea 3D$23,121-1%130$1,779$23,016,02975Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sex and the City 2$20,19835%97-59$208$94,971,8538Warner Bros. / New Line
5Jonah Hex$15,24566%46-19$331$10,216,4235Warner Bros.
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$5,80216%67-63$87$163,202,91816Warner Bros.
7City Island$5,42314%49-16$111$6,585,78218Anchor Bay
8Just Wright$4,87324%56-24$87$21,485,50010Fox Searchlight
9I Hate Luv Storys$3,97656%35--$114$833,0803UTV
10The Back-up Plan$2,82363%25-36$113$37,485,79413CBS Films
11Avatar$1,6269%4-5$407$749,704,53931Fox
12The Secret of Kells$40314%6-4$67$687,21820GKIDS
13Princess Kaiulani$334-36%3-3$111$856,21110Roadside Attractions
14The Square (2010)$2411%4-1$60$405,37715Apparition