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. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$6,068,2190%3,7920$1,600$155,017,1202Warner Bros.
2Salt$4,378,7716%3,612--$1,212$44,512,6511Sony / Columbia
3Despicable Me$3,617,33515%3,60099$1,005$168,039,4653Universal
4The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,381,04517%3,5040$394$45,170,1222Disney
5Toy Story 3$1,378,84618%2,766-411$498$381,967,1036Disney
6Ramona and Beezus$1,355,86120%2,719--$499$10,291,7031Fox
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,153,3847%3,121-880$370$282,063,2664Summit
8Grown Ups$1,066,38014%2,859-215$373$144,245,7725Sony / Columbia
9The Last Airbender$589,05510%2,127-678$277$124,433,2524Paramount
10Predators$404,339-4%1,846-823$219$47,664,1483Fox
11Knight and Day$214,6317%1,265-660$170$73,090,4205Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$319,68118%201163$1,590$5,500,3183Focus
2The Karate Kid (2010)$169,20615%780-752$217$172,030,0307Sony / Columbia
3Cyrus$100,94520%4548$222$6,514,1716Fox Searchlight
4Iron Man 2$74,91012%330-32$227$310,982,91712Paramount
5Shrek Forever After$50,25248%202-38$249$234,930,11610Paramount / DreamWorks
6Marmaduke$50,24841%254-20$198$32,663,1118Fox
7The A-Team$43,3528%296-132$146$75,821,0237Fox
8Winter's Bone$41,69327%1298$323$3,631,0817Roadside Attractions
9Killers (2010)$38,20518%23367$164$46,433,4708Lionsgate
10Letters to Juliet$36,01524%234-38$154$52,568,77111Summit
11Get Him to the Greek$31,9953%221-66$145$60,560,9458Universal
12Jonah Hex$23,87514%176130$136$10,414,1026Warner Bros.
13Robin Hood$22,22530%171-55$130$105,094,07011Universal
14Date Night$13,23318%108-58$123$98,452,47616Fox
15Solitary Man$11,55821%105-41$110$4,053,59910Anchor Bay

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$78,0996%530$1,474$11,657,27119Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$21,8564%130$1,681$23,185,42776Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sex and the City 2$12,10422%69-28$175$95,085,7279Warner Bros. / New Line
4City Island$4,35817%40-9$109$6,631,17119Anchor Bay
5Splice$2,9566%39-78$76$16,985,9828Warner Bros
6Avatar$1,486-15%3-1$495$749,730,22932Fox
7The Secret of Kells$28456%4-2$71$690,04221GKIDS
8Princess Kaiulani$146265%2-1$73$858,60411Roadside Attractions