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 Sun, Aug. 15 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$9,594,329-19%3,270--$2,934$34,825,1351Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$6,512,164-20%3,082--$2,113$23,104,5231Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$4,998,877-26%3,6510$1,369$69,951,8222Sony / Columbia
4Inception$3,360,135-27%3,120-298$1,077$248,469,4825Warner Bros.
5Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$2,705,280-20%2,818--$960$10,609,7951Universal
6Despicable Me$2,119,175-23%2,923-490$725$222,197,3906Universal
7Step Up 3D$2,006,246-23%2,4394$823$29,844,4222Disney
8Dinner for Schmucks$1,812,929-26%3,04642$595$58,785,5473Paramount / DreamWorks
9Salt$1,756,125-31%2,834-483$620$103,438,2734Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,322,372-19%2,728-977$485$35,218,9373Warner Bros.
11Toy Story 3$761,648-10%1,219-495$625$400,824,8269Disney
12Charlie St. Cloud$572,435-30%2,083-642$275$28,758,4603Universal
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$386,863-22%1,212-492$319$295,842,4447Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$400,334-31%830-164$482$16,721,3916Focus
2Grown Ups$272,197-46%968-801$281$158,054,5908Sony / Columbia
3Ramona and Beezus$251,447-24%632-846$398$23,335,2734Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$150,628-28%372-70$405$174,861,44710Sony / Columbia
5Shrek Forever After$109,139-24%254-54$430$237,235,93613Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Last Airbender$108,403-25%364-275$298$129,703,6037Paramount
7Predators$78,280-47%343-111$228$51,061,8296Fox
8Knight and Day$65,751-40%310-26$212$75,289,3898Fox
9Winter's Bone$65,713-33%136-5$483$4,855,34010Roadside Attractions
10The A-Team$40,276-32%204-37$197$76,793,40110Fox
11Iron Man 2$37,791-30%178-46$212$312,057,43315Paramount
12Middle Men$32,705-7%2520$130$639,4142Paramount
13Marmaduke$28,508-27%151-19$189$33,341,63311Fox
14Killers (2010)$24,753-23%169-3$146$47,000,48511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Peepli Live$92,702-37%64--$1,448$350,0541UTV Communications
2Hubble 3D$87,628-14%541$1,623$13,404,24622Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Flipped$38,124-16%44-1$866$448,5142Warner Bros.
4La Soga$22,09549%11--$2,009$52,55417-57 Releasing
5Under the Sea 3D$20,668-37%163$1,292$23,672,59279Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Concert$18,560-22%190$977$199,0954Weinstein Company
7Cyrus$15,016-27%84-48$179$7,252,6859Fox Searchlight
8Letters to Juliet$8,434-34%61-42$138$52,979,56714Summit
9The Disappearance of Alice Creed$8,054-24%122$671$82,0432Anchor Bay
10Sex and the City 2$7,391-23%81-119$91$95,328,93712Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tales From Earthsea$6,920-13%5--$1,384$20,6141Disney
12Date Night$6,814-32%33-13$206$98,656,33519Fox
13Solitary Man$6,298-37%28-17$225$4,258,25913Anchor Bay
14Princess Kaiulani$1,46034%32$487$866,35814Roadside Attractions
15Twelve$890-37%12-219$74$181,5912Hannover House
16The People I've Slept With$654-10%1--$654$3,7161People Pictures
17City Island$580-44%81$73$6,665,81122Anchor Bay