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. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$5,357,721-20%3,2700$1,638$65,357,1172Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$3,750,912-19%3,0820$1,217$47,214,0782Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$3,060,591-25%3,472-179$882$88,253,4823Sony / Columbia
4Vampires Suck$3,002,898-37%3,233--$929$18,566,7331Fox
5Piranha 3D$2,938,561-18%2,470--$1,190$10,106,8721Weinstein Company
6Lottery Ticket$2,513,757-41%1,973--$1,274$10,652,2971Warner Bros.
7Nanny McPhee Returns$2,505,605-22%2,784--$900$8,407,6851Universal
8Inception$2,439,662-24%2,401-719$1,016$262,031,5946Warner Bros.
9The Switch (2010)$2,403,040-28%2,012--$1,194$8,436,7131Miramax
10Despicable Me$1,587,560-14%2,236-687$710$231,056,9907Universal
11Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,579,120-20%2,8202$560$20,898,2552Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$1,014,437-28%2,149-897$472$65,800,9194Paramount / DreamWorks
13Salt$987,363-31%1,794-1040$550$109,895,1055Sony / Columbia
14Step Up 3D$960,014-22%1,592-847$603$36,868,9513Disney
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$620,099-7%1,580-1148$392$39,660,6114Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$568,833-3%730-489$779$403,803,64210Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$262,270-25%404-426$649$18,239,7257Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$163,070-29%557-655$293$297,216,7988Summit
4Hubble 3D$133,0181%15197$881$14,031,19223Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Ramona and Beezus$126,531-23%388-244$326$24,288,6525Fox
6Charlie St. Cloud$113,225-44%647-1436$175$30,346,1404Universal
7The Karate Kid (2010)$112,523-30%314-58$358$175,514,42411Sony / Columbia
8Grown Ups$96,095-51%424-544$227$158,951,3329Sony / Columbia
9Shrek Forever After$85,644-27%232-22$369$237,736,71014Paramount / DreamWorks
10Winter's Bone$69,285-22%130-6$533$5,180,69011Roadside Attractions
11Knight and Day$64,714-41%277-33$234$75,679,5299Fox
12The Last Airbender$59,360-24%223-141$266$130,085,6438Paramount
13Predators$43,108-50%234-109$184$51,397,6577Fox
14The A-Team$29,062-37%151-53$192$76,980,76111Fox
15Marmaduke$24,497-32%122-29$201$33,492,95012Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Peepli Live$45,997-37%706$657$600,6272UTV Communications
2Under the Sea 3D$26,335-6%160$1,646$23,844,77880Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Concert$20,253-10%201$1,013$288,5075Weinstein Company
4The Tillman Story$17,845-13%4--$4,461$52,1851Weinstein Company
5Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$16,268-36%27--$603$390,4805NeoClassics
6Flipped$15,568-19%29-15$537$570,5773Warner Bros.
7La Soga$13,3032%209$665$110,96827-57 Releasing
8Cyrus$10,256-26%56-28$183$7,318,03510Fox Searchlight
9Solitary Man$6,149-27%19-9$324$4,290,17714Anchor Bay
10The Disappearance of Alice Creed$5,353-12%8-4$669$110,3083Anchor Bay
11Middle Men$5,183-7%16-236$324$723,7143Paramount
12Letters to Juliet$4,154-43%35-26$119$53,021,56015Summit
13Tales From Earthsea$3,204-11%50$641$41,0292Disney
14City Island$598-17%4-4$150$6,669,09823Anchor Bay
15Princess Kaiulani$42528%1-2$425$869,84215Roadside Attractions