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 Wed, Aug. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$3,788,206-8%3,545-247$1,069$205,513,8343Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$3,002,595-12%2,911--$1,031$33,502,8281Paramount / DreamWorks
3Despicable Me$2,323,595-12%3,6022$645$197,697,4854Universal
4Salt$2,317,952-15%3,6120$642$78,677,2612Sony / Columbia
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,781,419-15%3,705--$481$17,858,9981Warner Bros.
6Charlie St. Cloud$1,481,565-19%2,718--$545$17,450,3601Universal
7Toy Story 3$864,239-10%2,105-661$411$392,435,4167Disney
8Ramona and Beezus$778,731-10%2,7190$286$18,708,6342Fox
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$645,529-12%2,524-980$256$54,072,8103Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$642,498-8%2,334-787$275$290,187,6105Summit
11Grown Ups$612,609-7%2,269-590$270$152,652,5316Sony / Columbia
12The Last Airbender$231,858-10%1,238-889$187$128,033,8275Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$467,261-7%847646$552$11,011,3044Focus
2Predators$132,786-6%873-973$152$49,924,8724Fox
3Shrek Forever After$115,446-19%330128$350$236,010,57011Paramount / DreamWorks
4Knight and Day$88,167-7%831-434$106$74,452,5576Fox
5The Karate Kid (2010)$78,853-9%461-319$171$173,191,2008Sony / Columbia
6Iron Man 2$47,133-11%286-44$165$311,564,81613Paramount
7Winter's Bone$42,195-4%13910$304$4,142,1628Roadside Attractions
8The A-Team$41,932-11%282-14$149$76,293,1598Fox
9Marmaduke$34,928-2%230-24$152$33,012,5849Fox
10Cyrus$34,244-2%216-238$159$7,006,7287Fox Searchlight
11Killers (2010)$24,529-4%219-14$112$46,726,1909Lionsgate
12Get Him to the Greek$22,4250%155-66$145$60,828,5609Universal
13Letters to Juliet$22,262-3%173-61$129$52,815,60412Summit
14Robin Hood$12,5950%115-56$110$105,257,05512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$92,198-1%530$1,740$12,409,01420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$29,061-5%130$2,235$23,395,74677Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Date Night$10,5992%76-32$139$98,568,54417Fox
4Solitary Man$7,32111%63-42$116$4,157,23011Anchor Bay
5Jonah Hex$6,734-30%83-93$81$10,515,8247Warner Bros.
6Sex and the City 2$6,50113%42-27$155$95,155,25110Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Concert$4,02830%2--$2,014$32,5252Weinstein Company
8City Island$1,43813%15-25$96$6,649,48120Anchor Bay
9The Dry Land$1,08614%5--$217$10,4671Freestyle
10Avatar$87413%2-1$437$749,750,52033Fox
11Splice$4827%14-25$34$17,009,6939Warner Bros
12Princess Kaiulani$78-33%20$39$59,70612Roadside Attractions