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 Sat, Aug. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Guys$12,508,787-5%3,651--$3,426$25,633,0201Sony / Columbia
2Inception$7,382,80833%3,418-127$2,160$222,066,9434Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$5,162,619-22%2,435--$2,120$11,819,9451Disney
4Salt$4,448,89135%3,317-295$1,341$88,618,8383Sony / Columbia
5Dinner for Schmucks$3,930,14817%3,00493$1,308$43,548,1102Paramount / DreamWorks
6Despicable Me$3,634,84528%3,413-189$1,065$206,488,6855Universal
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$2,722,47926%3,7050$735$24,409,0352Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$1,689,500-2%2,7257$620$22,202,0552Universal
9Toy Story 3$1,211,63738%1,714-391$707$395,357,7238Disney
10Grown Ups$1,008,91230%1,769-500$570$155,049,4657Sony / Columbia
11The Sorcerer's Apprentice$964,19239%1,766-758$546$56,358,1994Disney
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$899,38124%1,704-630$528$292,435,1256Summit
13Ramona and Beezus$600,35215%1,478-1241$406$20,573,4303Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$1,102,57353%994147$1,109$13,266,5145Focus
2The Last Airbender$287,78643%639-599$450$128,754,9316Paramount
3The Karate Kid (2010)$241,47132%442-19$546$173,695,4019Sony / Columbia
4Predators$175,14732%454-419$386$50,362,1605Fox
5Shrek Forever After$170,28429%308-22$553$236,422,07012Paramount / DreamWorks
6Knight and Day$130,44532%336-495$388$74,773,9237Fox
7Winter's Bone$125,54357%1412$890$4,387,8199Roadside Attractions
8Middle Men$117,55013%252--$466$221,2331Paramount
9Iron Man 2$80,88442%224-62$361$311,750,35214Paramount
10The A-Team$75,29926%241-41$312$76,468,9719Fox
11Twelve$43,36522%231--$188$78,8831Hannover House
12Marmaduke$43,14227%170-60$254$33,122,31410Fox
13Cyrus$42,15659%132-84$319$7,107,3678Fox Searchlight
14Killers (2010)$41,3008%172-47$240$46,829,12210Lionsgate
15Sex and the City 2$30,48335%200158$152$95,214,37311Warner Bros. / New Line
16Get Him to the Greek$26,40014%110-45$240$60,880,30510Universal
17Letters to Juliet$24,64524%103-70$239$52,880,90113Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$103,70717%530$1,957$12,709,10521Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Flipped$88,35421%45--$1,963$161,3881Warner Bros.
3The Concert$27,37356%1917$1,441$81,2923Weinstein Company
4Under the Sea 3D$22,9632%130$1,766$23,468,58178Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Solitary Man$19,25655%45-18$428$4,196,32912Anchor Bay
6The Disappearance of Alice Creed$15,81723%10--$1,582$28,6571Anchor Bay
7Date Night$12,01631%46-30$261$98,599,75618Fox
8Jonah Hex$7,14428%25-58$286$10,536,0598Warner Bros.
9Avatar$3,82843%1-1$3,828$749,762,14134Fox
10Grease Sing-a-Long$3,80954%21-12$181$302,9165Paramount
11City Island$2,15875%7-8$308$6,654,25721Anchor Bay
12Princess Kaiulani$45420%1-1$454$861,19213Roadside Attractions