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. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$6,065,477-54%3,7920$1,600$148,948,9012Warner Bros.
2Salt$4,122,637-59%3,612--$1,141$40,133,8801Sony / Columbia
3Despicable Me$3,132,225-55%3,60099$870$164,422,1303Universal
4The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,180,057-58%3,5040$337$43,789,0772Disney
5Toy Story 3$1,171,706-57%2,766-411$424$380,588,2576Disney
6Ramona and Beezus$1,125,361-45%2,719--$414$8,935,8421Fox
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,082,620-48%3,121-880$347$280,909,8824Summit
8Grown Ups$938,564-54%2,859-215$328$143,179,3925Sony / Columbia
9The Last Airbender$535,407-60%2,127-678$252$123,844,1974Paramount
10Predators$420,728-57%1,846-823$228$47,259,8093Fox
11Knight and Day$200,065-55%1,265-660$158$72,875,7895Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$270,688-65%201163$1,347$5,180,6373Focus
2The Karate Kid (2010)$147,651-55%780-752$189$171,860,8247Sony / Columbia
3Cyrus$83,825-60%4548$185$6,413,2266Fox Searchlight
4Iron Man 2$67,183-46%330-32$204$310,908,00712Paramount
5The A-Team$40,043-48%296-132$135$75,777,6717Fox
6Marmaduke$35,565-47%254-20$140$32,612,8638Fox
7Shrek Forever After$33,889-42%202-38$168$234,879,86410Paramount / DreamWorks
8Winter's Bone$32,741-66%1298$254$3,589,3887Roadside Attractions
9Killers (2010)$32,407-43%23367$139$46,395,2658Lionsgate
10Get Him to the Greek$30,940-43%221-66$140$60,528,9508Universal
11Letters to Juliet$29,002-43%234-38$124$52,532,75611Summit
12Jonah Hex$21,022-45%176130$119$10,390,2276Warner Bros.
13Robin Hood$17,100-43%171-55$100$105,071,84511Universal
14Date Night$11,242-48%108-58$104$98,439,24316Fox
15Solitary Man$9,584-65%105-41$91$4,042,36510Anchor Bay

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$73,574-22%530$1,388$11,579,17219Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$21,016-3%130$1,617$23,163,57176Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sex and the City 2$9,901-43%69-28$143$95,073,6239Warner Bros. / New Line
4City Island$3,709-53%40-9$93$6,626,91319Anchor Bay
5Splice$2,797-55%39-78$72$16,983,0268Warner Bros
6Avatar$1,750-60%3-1$583$749,728,74332Fox
7The Secret of Kells$182-76%4-2$46$689,75821GKIDS
8Princess Kaiulani$40-92%2-1$20$858,45811Roadside Attractions