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. 18 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Vampires Suck$4,016,858--2,976--$1,350$4,016,8580Fox
2The Expendables$3,029,099-22%3,270--$926$45,661,7841Lionsgate
3Eat Pray Love$2,943,789-12%3,082--$955$32,433,9871Sony / Columbia
4The Other Guys$1,930,903-14%3,6510$529$76,379,9342Sony / Columbia
5Inception$1,371,046-11%2,976-442$461$252,914,3035Warner Bros.
6Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,141,290-21%2,818--$405$14,653,6251Universal
7Despicable Me$1,111,5050%2,710-703$410$225,514,1756Universal
8Step Up 3D$852,798-29%2,4394$350$32,946,8592Disney
9Dinner for Schmucks$818,260-16%3,04642$269$61,530,0553Paramount / DreamWorks
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$722,154-5%2,479-1226$291$37,408,4013Warner Bros.
11Salt$721,201-17%2,588-729$279$105,796,8124Sony / Columbia
12Toy Story 3$364,101-1%1,087-627$335$401,948,4549Disney
13Charlie St. Cloud$244,325-25%1,685-1040$145$29,659,9703Universal
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$191,448-9%1,212-492$158$296,459,7917Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$175,796-5%830-164$212$17,253,9896Focus
2Ramona and Beezus$126,032-23%491-987$257$23,784,5914Fox
3Grown Ups$103,562-24%804-965$129$158,427,2308Sony / Columbia
4Shrek Forever After$53,020-19%254-54$209$237,409,22313Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Last Airbender$46,227-15%364-275$127$129,852,5607Paramount
6Predators$32,782-7%343-111$96$51,166,2296Fox
7Knight and Day$30,865-15%310-26$100$75,387,4068Fox
8Winter's Bone$27,912-1%136-5$205$4,937,27910Roadside Attractions
9The A-Team$18,246-18%204-37$89$76,852,97310Fox
10Middle Men$17,723-15%2520$70$695,7352Paramount
11Marmaduke$17,569-12%151-19$116$33,394,50711Fox
12Iron Man 2$16,801-12%178-46$94$312,110,16115Paramount
13Killers (2010)$15,322-5%169-3$91$47,046,78611Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$69,6711%541$1,290$13,611,50122Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Peepli Live$24,280-9%64--$379$419,7661UTV Communications
3Under the Sea 3D$23,963-16%163$1,498$23,747,08179Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Flipped$17,521-13%42-3$417$505,8152Warner Bros.
5The Concert$10,21218%190$537$225,3604Weinstein Company
6Cyrus$7,889-4%84-48$94$7,276,8559Fox Searchlight
7Letters to Juliet$6,260-4%61-42$103$52,998,16114Summit
8La Soga$5,021-18%11--$456$69,63017-57 Releasing
9Sex and the City 2$4,508-10%81-119$56$95,342,95912Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,2833%122$274$91,2752Anchor Bay
11Date Night$2,955-17%33-13$90$98,665,97119Fox
12Solitary Man$2,642-31%28-17$94$4,267,03513Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$2,333-5%5--$467$28,5441Disney
14The People I've Slept With$725-70%1--$725$7,1151People Pictures
15Twelve$68011%12-219$57$183,4282Hannover House
16Princess Kaiulani$62226%32$207$868,12114Roadside Attractions
17City Island$52362%81$65$6,666,98122Anchor Bay