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, Aug. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$4,289,390-50%3,545-247$1,210$197,603,1313Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$3,552,481-48%2,911--$1,220$27,080,3201Paramount / DreamWorks
3Salt$2,602,334-56%3,6120$720$73,636,0452Sony / Columbia
4Despicable Me$2,413,340-49%3,6022$670$192,743,7654Universal
5Charlie St. Cloud$1,752,985-40%2,718--$645$14,134,5701Universal
6Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,709,133-50%3,705--$461$13,988,4961Warner Bros.
7Toy Story 3$845,048-49%2,105-661$401$390,606,5397Disney
8Ramona and Beezus$686,825-36%2,7190$253$17,062,5062Fox
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$664,326-52%2,524-980$263$52,690,8543Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$648,451-46%2,334-787$278$288,848,3585Summit
11Grown Ups$621,383-52%2,269-590$274$151,382,7686Sony / Columbia
12The Last Airbender$252,002-57%1,238-889$204$127,545,4495Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$404,350-63%847646$477$10,040,8584Focus
2Predators$160,105-51%873-973$183$49,651,3544Fox
3Shrek Forever After$106,251-39%330128$322$235,753,20311Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Karate Kid (2010)$93,547-55%461-319$203$173,025,6118Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$83,796-52%831-434$101$74,269,4396Fox
6Iron Man 2$48,008-45%286-44$168$311,465,01513Paramount
7The A-Team$40,152-48%282-14$142$76,204,2448Fox
8Winter's Bone$37,586-60%13910$270$4,055,9588Roadside Attractions
9Cyrus$32,418-53%216-238$150$6,937,4157Fox Searchlight
10Marmaduke$25,955-45%230-24$113$32,941,8369Fox
11Get Him to the Greek$24,795-57%155-66$160$60,783,6609Universal
12Killers (2010)$22,543-50%219-14$103$46,676,0829Lionsgate
13Letters to Juliet$18,683-40%173-61$108$52,770,42412Summit
14Robin Hood$12,075-58%115-56$105$105,231,81012Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$80,450-11%530$1,518$12,223,78420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$24,7785%130$1,906$23,336,02777Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Date Night$9,725-40%76-32$128$98,547,58717Fox
4Solitary Man$8,996-52%63-42$143$4,142,98711Anchor Bay
5Jonah Hex$7,942-39%83-93$96$10,499,4767Warner Bros.
6Sex and the City 2$6,274-32%42-27$149$95,143,01410Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Concert$3,648-56%2--$1,824$25,3902Weinstein Company
8The Dry Land$1,080-49%5--$216$8,4311Freestyle
9Splice$860-93%14-25$61$17,008,7609Warner Bros
10City Island$782-71%15-25$52$6,646,69020Anchor Bay
11Avatar$571-86%2-1$286$749,748,87433Fox
12Princess Kaiulani$86-51%20$43$59,51212Roadside Attractions