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 Tue, Aug. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$3,866,939-2%3,270--$1,183$42,632,6851Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$3,341,82310%3,082--$1,084$29,490,1981Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$2,236,419-1%3,6510$613$74,449,0312Sony / Columbia
4Inception$1,541,4161%3,120-298$494$251,543,2575Warner Bros.
5Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,437,180-2%2,818--$510$13,512,3351Universal
6Step Up 3D$1,193,04713%2,4394$489$32,094,0612Disney
7Despicable Me$1,109,2851%2,923-490$380$224,402,6706Universal
8Dinner for Schmucks$969,5891%3,04642$318$60,711,7953Paramount / DreamWorks
9Salt$868,97613%2,834-483$307$105,075,6114Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$757,2787%2,728-977$278$36,686,2473Warner Bros.
11Toy Story 3$369,331-5%1,219-495$303$401,584,3539Disney
12Charlie St. Cloud$323,905-3%2,083-642$155$29,415,6453Universal
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$211,187-2%1,212-492$174$296,268,3437Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$184,9508%830-164$223$17,078,1936Focus
2Ramona and Beezus$163,3012%632-846$258$23,658,5594Fox
3Grown Ups$135,4571%968-801$140$158,323,6688Sony / Columbia
4Shrek Forever After$65,54120%254-54$258$237,356,20313Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Last Airbender$54,54513%364-275$150$129,806,3337Paramount
6Knight and Day$36,25717%310-26$117$75,356,5418Fox
7Predators$35,126-4%343-111$102$51,133,4476Fox
8Winter's Bone$28,26610%136-5$208$4,909,36710Roadside Attractions
9The A-Team$22,24717%204-37$109$76,834,72710Fox
10Middle Men$20,83617%2520$83$678,0122Paramount
11Marmaduke$19,88129%151-19$132$33,376,93811Fox
12Iron Man 2$19,04413%178-46$107$312,093,36015Paramount
13Killers (2010)$16,1289%169-3$95$47,031,46411Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$68,7330%541$1,273$13,541,83022Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$28,42429%163$1,777$23,723,11879Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Peepli Live$26,70443%64--$417$395,4861UTV Communications
4Flipped$20,0562%44-1$456$488,2942Warner Bros.
5The Concert$8,65917%190$456$215,1484Weinstein Company
6Cyrus$8,2122%84-48$98$7,268,9669Fox Searchlight
7Letters to Juliet$6,52912%61-42$107$52,991,90114Summit
8La Soga$6,0992%11--$554$64,60917-57 Releasing
9Sex and the City 2$5,01712%81-119$62$95,338,45112Warner Bros. / New Line
10Solitary Man$3,83068%28-17$137$4,264,39413Anchor Bay
11Date Night$3,54513%33-13$107$98,663,01619Fox
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,20116%122$267$87,9922Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$2,468-21%5--$494$26,2111Disney
14The People I've Slept With$2,428887%1--$2,428$6,3901People Pictures
15Twelve$61212%12-219$51$182,7482Hannover House
16Princess Kaiulani$494-24%32$165$867,49914Roadside Attractions
17City Island$322-1%81$40$6,666,45822Anchor Bay