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, Sep. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$4,491,927-7%2,823--$1,591$16,321,5751Focus
2Machete$3,744,514-2%2,670--$1,402$11,416,1641Fox
3Takers$3,606,969-14%2,2060$1,635$37,327,5572Sony / Screen Gems
4The Expendables$2,513,2002%3,3980$740$92,187,9034Lionsgate
5The Last Exorcism$2,328,285-16%2,8740$810$32,114,3602Lionsgate
6Going the Distance (2010)$2,267,517-5%3,030--$748$6,884,9641Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Other Guys$1,975,4551%2,607-574$758$106,754,1005Sony / Columbia
8Inception$1,717,1801%1,704-366$1,008$277,145,5038Warner Bros.
9Eat Pray Love$1,707,006-3%2,663-445$641$68,904,7924Sony / Columbia
10Nanny McPhee Returns$1,259,220-10%2,708-90$465$22,399,9003Universal
11Despicable Me$1,152,100-1%1,600-233$720$240,434,9659Universal
12The Switch (2010)$1,116,805-3%1,885-132$592$21,494,6973Miramax
13Vampires Suck$1,085,983-16%2,434-799$446$32,494,8243Fox
14Piranha 3D$925,1523%1,789-702$517$22,528,0653Weinstein Company
15Toy Story 3$760,8790%1,520920$501$408,100,17412Disney
16Lottery Ticket$730,467-19%1,310-663$558$20,509,0853Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$851,3371%812--$1,048$757,543,63438Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$556,830-3%807-759$690$28,835,3854Universal
3Salt$464,752-2%705-463$659$115,218,4687Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$389,0702%804-697$484$70,923,1746Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$301,085-1%434-467$694$41,083,5405Disney
6Grown Ups$235,7954%383120$616$160,047,47211Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$178,333-1%455-368$392$42,032,2446Warner Bros.
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$157,086-4%396-80$397$298,687,34110Summit
9The Kids Are All Right$133,835-15%239-103$560$19,790,6479Focus
10The Last Airbender$118,272-8%257-49$460$131,058,41910Paramount
11Hubble 3D$112,5481%123-28$915$14,992,57225Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Ramona and Beezus$95,960-10%305-49$315$25,205,0487Fox
13The Karate Kid (2010)$91,427-10%227-28$403$176,238,16513Sony / Columbia
14Shrek Forever After$78,6510%179-28$439$238,319,04316Paramount / DreamWorks
15Charlie St. Cloud$56,100-7%220-113$255$30,966,9006Universal
16Knight and Day$47,184-11%142-87$332$76,203,92211Fox
17Predators$44,03523%111-76$397$51,775,3209Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We Are Family$113,7803%78--$1,459$296,9071UTV Communications
2The Tillman Story$50,060-4%2419$2,086$260,4793Weinstein Company
3Winter's Bone$41,057-11%90-27$456$5,608,96313Roadside Attractions
4The A-Team$32,42696%54-38$600$77,179,35713Fox
5Under the Sea 3D$23,068-13%160$1,442$24,090,39582Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Marmaduke$20,02578%45-21$445$33,620,74114Fox
7Flipped$18,783-3%282$671$751,0465Warner Bros.
8The Concert$16,864-8%200$843$439,2467Weinstein Company
9Peepli Live$11,470-5%26-19$441$748,1284UTV Communications
10Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$9,451-11%18-3$525$485,1947NeoClassics
11Cyrus$4,841-13%26-6$186$7,378,45812Fox Searchlight
12Solitary Man$3,899-2%245$162$4,337,37816Anchor Bay
13La Soga$3,78928%5-7$758$159,39247-57 Releasing
14The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,4709%6-1$578$144,4205Anchor Bay
15White Wedding (2009)$1,7593%4--$440$5,8591Dada Films
16Princess Kaiulani$180-78%32$60$874,79817Roadside Attractions