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 Sun, Jul. 25 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$13,128,421-20%3,7920$3,462$142,883,4242Warner Bros.
2Salt$10,085,802-25%3,612--$2,792$36,011,2431Sony / Columbia
3Despicable Me$6,983,885-25%3,60099$1,940$161,289,9053Universal
4The Sorcerer's Apprentice$2,816,712-28%3,5040$804$42,609,0202Disney
5Toy Story 3$2,717,376-24%2,766-411$982$379,416,5516Disney
6The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$2,073,648-25%3,121-880$664$279,827,2624Summit
7Ramona and Beezus$2,053,925-26%2,719--$755$7,810,4811Fox
8Grown Ups$2,028,494-33%2,859-215$710$142,240,8285Sony / Columbia
9The Last Airbender$1,322,337-22%2,127-678$622$123,308,7904Paramount
10Predators$981,841-20%1,846-823$532$46,839,0813Fox
11Knight and Day$440,518-38%1,265-660$348$72,675,7245Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$764,522-32%201163$3,804$4,909,9493Focus
2The Karate Kid (2010)$326,347-27%780-752$418$171,713,1737Sony / Columbia
3Cyrus$211,211-29%4548$465$6,329,4016Fox Searchlight
4Iron Man 2$123,982-30%330-32$376$310,840,82412Paramount
5Winter's Bone$95,497-33%1309$735$3,556,6477Roadside Attractions
6The A-Team$76,967-37%296-132$260$75,737,6287Fox
7Marmaduke$66,723-31%254-20$263$32,577,2988Fox
8Shrek Forever After$58,242-36%202-38$288$234,845,97510Paramount / DreamWorks
9Killers (2010)$56,658-27%23367$243$46,362,8588Lionsgate
10Get Him to the Greek$54,145-16%221-66$245$60,498,0108Universal
11Letters to Juliet$50,701-31%234-38$217$52,503,75411Summit
12Jonah Hex$38,486-31%176130$219$10,369,2056Warner Bros.
13Robin Hood$29,925-35%171-55$175$105,054,74511Universal
14Solitary Man$27,169-38%105-41$259$4,030,73310Anchor Bay
15Date Night$21,495-37%108-58$199$98,428,00116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$93,940-15%530$1,772$11,505,59819Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$21,665-33%130$1,667$23,142,55576Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sex and the City 2$17,437-18%69-28$253$95,063,7229Warner Bros. / New Line
4City Island$7,877-42%40-9$197$6,623,58619Anchor Bay
5Splice$6,231-23%39-78$160$16,980,2298Warner Bros
6Grease Sing-a-Long$4,678-71%17-4$275$259,7303Paramount
7Avatar$4,352-43%3-1$1,451$749,726,99332Fox
8The Secret of Kells$7444%4-2$186$689,57621GKIDS
9Princess Kaiulani$494-19%2-1$247$858,41811Roadside Attractions