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 Fri, Aug. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Last Exorcism$9,406,821--2,874--$3,273$9,406,8211Lionsgate
2Takers$7,476,207--2,206--$3,389$7,476,2071Sony / Screen Gems
3The Expendables$2,721,34183%3,398128$801$75,233,5873Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$2,148,18146%3,10826$691$55,863,9523Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$1,916,600113%3,181-291$603$94,649,0604Sony / Columbia
6Vampires Suck$1,674,592135%3,2330$518$24,287,0682Fox
7The Switch (2010)$1,459,576113%2,0175$724$13,286,1042Miramax
8Inception$1,436,84881%2,070-331$694$267,080,4127Warner Bros.
9Nanny McPhee Returns$1,328,88595%2,79814$475$13,605,9552Universal
10Piranha 3D$1,273,59872%2,49121$511$15,237,6092Weinstein Company
11Lottery Ticket$1,122,820111%1,9730$569$14,553,1582Warner Bros.
12Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$775,18531%1,566-1254$495$24,436,5753Universal
13Despicable Me$751,52564%1,833-403$410$234,167,9308Universal
14Salt$574,38971%1,168-626$492$111,951,1436Sony / Columbia
15Dinner for Schmucks$552,77664%1,501-648$368$67,977,6085Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Step Up 3D$372,29912%901-691$413$38,859,7874Disney
2Toy Story 3$266,80166%600-130$445$404,915,31211Disney
3Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$156,122-1%823-757$190$40,760,1355Warner Bros.
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$148,672102%476-81$312$297,661,7719Summit
5The Kids Are All Right$141,29869%342-62$413$18,768,8278Focus
6The Last Airbender$113,781507%30683$372$130,285,2839Paramount
7Ramona and Beezus$86,695123%354-34$245$24,584,0006Fox
8Grown Ups$81,839140%263-161$311$159,186,49510Sony / Columbia
9Charlie St. Cloud$66,66058%333-314$200$30,603,4355Universal
10The Karate Kid (2010)$65,638--255-59$257$175,725,86212Sony / Columbia
11Hubble 3D$64,9704%1510$430$14,360,13124Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Knight and Day$59,196102%229-48$258$75,863,04910Fox
13Shrek Forever After$49,10384%207-25$237$237,910,25515Paramount / DreamWorks
14Predators$45,837183%187-47$245$51,511,8248Fox
15Winter's Bone$37,64073%117-13$322$5,322,83612Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$1,233,047--0----$750,999,18637Fox
2The A-Team$21,49679%92-59$234$77,050,96312Fox
3Flipped$20,414167%26-3$785$621,1354Warner Bros.
4Under the Sea 3D$17,7193%160$1,107$23,947,47181Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Peepli Live$16,30769%45-25$362$660,8163UTV Communications
6The Concert$13,18278%200$659$331,2646Weinstein Company
7Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$9,63278%21-6$459$421,2136NeoClassics
8The Tillman Story$9,33197%51$1,866$85,7462Weinstein Company
9Marmaduke$8,75921%66-56$133$33,534,70013Fox
10Cyrus$4,87212%32-24$152$7,341,72611Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$4,20723%12-8$351$131,65137-57 Releasing
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,64664%7-1$521$122,3414Anchor Bay
13Solitary Man$3,36268%190$177$4,305,65915Anchor Bay
14The People I've Slept With$1,027--1--$1,027$8,7283People Pictures
15Princess Kaiulani$32098%10$320$871,14416Roadside Attractions
16City Island$182-30%1-3$182$6,670,24524Anchor Bay
17Tales From Earthsea$78-95%1-4$78$47,5323Disney