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. 31 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Takers$1,744,373-1%2,206--$791$24,013,9981Sony / Screen Gems
2The Last Exorcism$1,258,996-7%2,874--$438$22,977,8581Lionsgate
3Eat Pray Love$1,057,90532%3,10826$340$62,393,2423Sony / Columbia
4The Expendables$1,053,17915%3,398128$310$84,008,8663Lionsgate
5The Other Guys$729,01715%3,181-291$229$100,383,6454Sony / Columbia
6The Switch (2010)$623,23838%2,0175$309$17,484,0542Miramax
7Nanny McPhee Returns$588,02536%2,79814$210$18,013,0852Universal
8Inception$584,34214%2,070-331$282$271,618,5137Warner Bros.
9Piranha 3D$558,49721%2,49121$224$19,288,4512Weinstein Company
10Vampires Suck$454,00315%3,2330$140$28,683,4662Fox
11Despicable Me$366,42525%1,833-403$200$236,935,1958Universal
12Lottery Ticket$325,12616%1,9730$165$17,890,9282Warner Bros.
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$321,0305%1,566-1254$205$26,793,3453Universal
14Salt$211,64215%1,168-626$181$113,655,7246Sony / Columbia
15Dinner for Schmucks$202,55010%1,501-648$135$69,591,7415Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$418,9740%812--$516$754,612,47437Fox
2Step Up 3D$187,40640%901-691$208$40,036,2584Disney
3Toy Story 3$149,17122%600-130$249$405,931,11211Disney
4Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$91,22530%823-757$111$41,440,4795Warner Bros.
5The Kids Are All Right$76,66937%342-62$224$19,282,4498Focus
6The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$60,0191%476-81$126$298,147,2509Summit
7The Last Airbender$41,7776%30683$137$130,671,5059Paramount
8Hubble 3D$41,752-4%1510$277$14,643,73424Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Ramona and Beezus$33,4332%354-34$94$24,883,6346Fox
10Knight and Day$26,42436%229-48$115$76,031,99410Fox
11Shrek Forever After$20,27418%207-25$98$238,091,23415Paramount / DreamWorks
12Charlie St. Cloud$18,31510%333-314$55$30,784,8405Universal
13Winter's Bone$16,7793%119-12$141$5,465,17712Roadside Attractions
14Predators$15,1428%187-47$81$51,648,2158Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$9,815-20%160$613$24,005,95081Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Flipped$8,99411%26-3$346$688,1954Warner Bros.
3The A-Team$6,84630%92-59$74$77,108,58912Fox
4The Concert$5,53118%200$277$380,4956Weinstein Company
5The Tillman Story$4,4609%51$892$116,6302Weinstein Company
6Marmaduke$4,423-1%66-56$67$33,575,11013Fox
7Peepli Live$4,17141%45-25$93$711,9013UTV Communications
8Solitary Man$3,415186%190$180$4,322,13915Anchor Bay
9Cyrus$3,40629%32-24$106$7,359,16011Fox Searchlight
10Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$3,22910%21-6$154$453,9626NeoClassics
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,32445%7-1$332$133,1264Anchor Bay
12La Soga$1,95052%12-8$163$147,66637-57 Releasing
13The People I've Slept With$271115%1--$271$11,5153People Pictures
14Princess Kaiulani$207-32%10$207$872,38116Roadside Attractions
15Tales From Earthsea$188124%1-4$188$48,3153Disney
16City Island$8450%1-3$84$6,670,85224Anchor Bay