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. 15 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,563,125-24%3,203--$488$32,321,2861Sony / Screen Gems
2The American$465,198-22%2,83310$164$29,612,1052Focus
3Machete$400,639-19%2,6788$150$22,234,4222Fox
4Takers$390,892-18%2,191-15$178$48,943,0673Sony / Screen Gems
5Going the Distance (2010)$344,391-24%3,0300$114$15,055,9162Warner Bros. / New Line
6Eat Pray Love$321,816-15%2,339-324$138$75,639,2535Sony / Columbia
7The Expendables$281,895-13%3,058-340$92$99,340,8575Lionsgate
8The Other Guys$238,265-13%2,246-361$106$113,170,4796Sony / Columbia
9Inception$229,416-11%1,583-121$145$282,910,6449Warner Bros.
10The Last Exorcism$198,651-14%2,731-143$73$38,694,8753Lionsgate
11The Switch (2010)$162,225-16%1,595-290$102$25,496,3284Miramax
12Nanny McPhee Returns$82,740-23%2,364-344$35$26,554,0354Universal
13Despicable Me$68,225-18%1,375-225$50$243,752,35510Universal
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$61,125-6%1,187791$51$299,823,33911Summit
15Vampires Suck$51,056-9%1,670-764$31$35,245,0544Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$70,5146%436-376$162$759,763,60539Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$67,945-9%619-188$110$30,645,5355Universal
3Lottery Ticket$62,202-16%905-405$69$22,815,4804Warner Bros.
4Piranha 3D$54,047-24%825-964$66$24,516,5774Weinstein Company
5Toy Story 3$45,825-10%712-808$64$410,115,97913Disney
6Dinner for Schmucks$37,204-9%536-268$69$71,943,3117Paramount / DreamWorks
7Flipped$32,835-10%442414$74$1,361,3266Warner Bros.
8The Kids Are All Right$27,142-9%218-21$125$20,320,59810Focus
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$16,446-22%425-30$39$42,729,6267Warner Bros.
10Winter's Bone$14,5762%11623$126$5,849,95014Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$11,484-16%220-37$52$131,434,05511Paramount
12Ramona and Beezus$7,032-6%275-30$26$25,545,4978Fox
13Charlie St. Cloud$6,555-1%190-30$35$31,155,9307Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Never Let Me Go$25,120--4--$6,280$25,1200Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$24,8462%60-63$414$15,457,34626Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Tillman Story$8,397-17%251$336$449,1674Weinstein Company
4Knight and Day$4,964-7%93-49$53$76,322,28712Fox
5The Concert$4,66941%19-1$246$514,2148Weinstein Company
6Predators$4,567-15%86-25$53$51,870,50110Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$4,40717%0-16--$24,172,99083Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Romantics$2,420-13%2--$1,210$53,0281Four of a Kind
9Bran Nue Dae$2,296-26%16--$144$30,8541Freestyle Releasing
10Cyrus$2,205-15%260$85$7,406,82813Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$1,169-61%72$167$199,06257-57 Releasing
12Solitary Man$91112%9-15$101$4,349,97817Anchor Bay
13The Disappearance of Alice Creed$413-39%4-2$103$155,4846Anchor Bay
14White Wedding (2009)$25816%2-2$129$11,5492Dada Films
15Princess Kaiulani$235-25%30$78$881,68418Roadside Attractions