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. 25 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$1,641,501-21%3,2700$502$71,027,1752Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$1,620,656-14%3,0820$526$52,242,4492Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$1,044,526-19%3,472-179$301$91,832,0523Sony / Columbia
4Nanny McPhee Returns$890,465-26%2,784--$320$11,595,1351Universal
5Inception$871,199-12%2,401-575$363$264,851,5406Warner Bros.
6Vampires Suck$866,117-29%3,233257$268$21,899,6451Fox
7Piranha 3D$845,710-28%2,470--$342$13,224,1751Weinstein Company
8The Switch (2010)$789,301-23%2,012--$392$11,142,1701Miramax
9Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$634,405-20%2,8202$225$23,069,5452Universal
10Lottery Ticket$606,075-26%1,973--$307$12,898,8791Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$559,995-18%2,236-474$250$232,958,4107Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$378,818-17%2,149-897$176$67,087,4214Paramount / DreamWorks
13Step Up 3D$367,883-27%1,592-847$231$38,155,2243Disney
14Salt$359,347-12%1,794-794$200$111,041,5505Sony / Columbia
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$229,006-21%1,580-899$145$40,445,7294Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$211,643-13%730-357$290$404,488,26310Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$96,100-13%404-426$238$18,544,1237Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$71,270-6%557-655$128$297,439,3308Summit
4Hubble 3D$67,5162%15197$447$14,232,39323Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Ramona and Beezus$47,132-25%388-103$121$24,458,4195Fox
6Charlie St. Cloud$45,195-12%647-1038$70$30,494,6504Universal
7Grown Ups$35,259-20%424-380$83$159,070,4909Sony / Columbia
8Knight and Day$29,444-16%277-33$106$75,774,5409Fox
9Shrek Forever After$28,317-21%232-22$122$237,834,53514Paramount / DreamWorks
10Winter's Bone$25,316-8%131-5$193$5,260,05211Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$19,399-25%223-141$87$130,152,7688Paramount
12Predators$15,935-9%234-109$68$51,449,7957Fox
13The A-Team$11,140-15%151-53$74$77,017,48111Fox
14Marmaduke$7,526-24%122-29$62$33,518,71012Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$23,3727%160$1,461$23,912,61780Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Peepli Live$12,311-4%706$176$634,8642UTV Communications
3The Concert$8,79921%201$440$310,6905Weinstein Company
4Flipped$7,376-2%29-13$254$593,0703Warner Bros.
5The Tillman Story$6,7094%4--$1,677$71,6811Weinstein Company
6Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$5,423-5%27--$201$406,1755NeoClassics
7Cyrus$4,589-5%56-28$82$7,332,49610Fox Searchlight
8La Soga$4,230-2%209$212$124,01827-57 Releasing
9Letters to Juliet$2,851-15%35-26$81$53,029,96115Summit
10Middle Men$2,220-15%16-236$139$730,9813Paramount
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,1766%8-4$272$116,4673Anchor Bay
12Tales From Earthsea$1,5341%50$307$45,8542Disney
13Solitary Man$1,415-35%19-9$74$4,300,00714Anchor Bay
14Princess Kaiulani$32514%1-2$325$870,66215Roadside Attractions
15City Island$202-12%4-4$51$6,669,80323Anchor Bay