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, Sep. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$834,188-22%2,823102$295$21,713,5641Focus
2Machete$818,966-19%2,670--$307$15,934,4501Fox
3Takers$642,393-17%2,2060$291$41,407,6212Sony / Screen Gems
4Going the Distance (2010)$534,376-13%3,030--$176$9,658,9301Warner Bros. / New Line
5Eat Pray Love$477,799-1%2,663-360$179$71,241,7704Sony / Columbia
6The Expendables$443,432-11%3,3980$130$94,826,4584Lionsgate
7The Last Exorcism$405,857-9%2,8740$141$34,375,6632Lionsgate
8The Other Guys$316,127-6%2,607-397$121$108,784,9465Sony / Columbia
9Inception$309,408-6%1,704-219$182$279,096,3518Warner Bros.
10The Switch (2010)$221,728-12%1,885-132$118$22,767,1913Miramax
11Piranha 3D$170,086-16%1,789-702$95$23,478,1333Weinstein Company
12Nanny McPhee Returns$135,445-23%2,708-90$50$23,984,0903Universal
13Vampires Suck$110,331-13%2,434-799$45$33,477,5483Fox
14Lottery Ticket$104,161-11%1,310-508$80$21,295,5433Warner Bros.
15Despicable Me$104,030-23%1,600-91$65$241,738,6459Universal
16Toy Story 3$90,760-17%1,520920$60$409,091,09112Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$196,5538%8120$242$758,626,87738Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$108,945-13%807-462$135$29,501,1604Universal
3Salt$83,710-4%705-307$119$115,732,8417Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$61,086-6%804-697$76$71,292,8726Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$49,883-21%434-323$115$41,397,0655Disney
6The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$30,495-1%396-80$77$298,859,64610Summit
7Hubble 3D$28,5641%123-28$232$15,167,33625Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Kids Are All Right$27,776-10%239-103$116$19,949,8839Focus
9The Last Airbender$17,936-18%257-49$70$131,196,91410Paramount
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$14,452-32%455-264$32$42,245,0256Warner Bros.
11Charlie St. Cloud$9,825-1%220-50$45$31,020,7306Universal
12Ramona and Beezus$8,333-34%305-49$27$25,327,0927Fox
13Shrek Forever After$7,568-14%179-28$42$238,388,37916Paramount / DreamWorks
14Knight and Day$7,2295%142-87$51$76,245,82311Fox
15Predators$5,103-5%111-76$46$51,799,3009Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tillman Story$11,687-7%2419$487$328,0573Weinstein Company
2Winter's Bone$10,084-1%93-26$108$5,660,22913Roadside Attractions
3Under the Sea 3D$6,69046%160$418$24,122,23782Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Flipped$3,895-7%282$139$778,1985Warner Bros.
5The Concert$3,72824%200$186$460,1547Weinstein Company
6The A-Team$2,693-14%54-38$50$77,193,17213Fox
7La Soga$1,116-7%5-7$223$164,14847-57 Releasing
8The Disappearance of Alice Creed$9619%6-1$160$148,9145Anchor Bay
9Solitary Man$941-8%245$39$4,341,63916Anchor Bay
10Cyrus$805-45%26-6$31$7,383,36712Fox Searchlight
11Princess Kaiulani$75019%32$250$877,68617Roadside Attractions
12Marmaduke$733-54%45-21$16$33,632,68714Fox
13White Wedding (2009)$46430%4--$116$7,8261Dada Films