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. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Guys$4,979,332-50%3,651--$1,364$40,522,4941Sony / Columbia
2Inception$2,531,134-55%3,418-127$741$230,168,7034Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$2,015,167-50%2,435--$828$17,827,4781Disney
4Dinner for Schmucks$1,586,385-48%3,00493$528$48,207,3342Paramount / DreamWorks
5Despicable Me$1,467,590-48%3,413-189$430$210,754,9355Universal
6Salt$1,371,235-57%3,317-295$413$93,159,5813Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,056,046-48%3,7050$285$27,484,3122Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$831,125-36%2,7257$305$24,327,7452Universal
9Toy Story 3$537,274-48%1,714-391$313$396,924,6168Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$389,276-42%1,704-630$228$293,491,1466Summit
11The Sorcerer's Apprentice$328,809-53%1,766-758$186$57,391,6544Disney
12Ramona and Beezus$328,226-34%1,478-1241$222$21,397,0093Fox
13Grown Ups$308,331-50%1,769-500$174$155,978,9347Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$314,933-59%994147$317$14,355,1155Focus
2The Last Airbender$95,243-56%639-599$149$129,066,2636Paramount
3Shrek Forever After$73,421-44%308-22$238$236,627,44612Paramount / DreamWorks
4Predators$60,341-55%454-419$133$50,557,9845Fox
5Middle Men$59,860-43%252--$238$385,5011Paramount
6Knight and Day$42,538-48%336-495$127$74,897,5847Fox
7Winter's Bone$35,881-61%1412$254$4,515,1659Roadside Attractions
8The A-Team$30,169-45%241-41$125$76,554,3379Fox
9Iron Man 2$29,331-47%224-62$131$311,835,51214Paramount
10Marmaduke$18,841-40%170-60$111$33,172,49310Fox
11Twelve$16,873-46%231--$73$127,1111Hannover House
12Cyrus$15,802-50%132-84$120$7,154,6998Fox Searchlight
13Killers (2010)$15,001-51%172-47$87$46,874,80410Lionsgate
14Sex and the City 2$14,265-43%200158$71$95,253,66211Warner Bros. / New Line
15Get Him to the Greek$13,185-40%110-45$120$60,936,51010Universal
16Letters to Juliet$10,053-39%103-70$98$52,907,35613Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$74,986-20%530$1,415$12,877,27121Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Flipped$28,747-54%45--$639$252,9801Warner Bros.
3Under the Sea 3D$22,27821%130$1,714$23,509,33678Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Concert$9,199-57%1917$484$111,6923Weinstein Company
5Date Night$5,744-34%46-30$125$98,614,17418Fox
6Solitary Man$5,321-66%45-18$118$4,217,17712Anchor Bay
7The Disappearance of Alice Creed$4,928-58%10--$493$45,1861Anchor Bay
8Jonah Hex$2,512-25%25-58$100$10,541,9268Warner Bros.
9City Island$1,82516%7-8$261$6,657,65421Anchor Bay
10Princess Kaiulani$50442%1-1$504$862,05113Roadside Attractions