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 Thu, Sep. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,570,0800%3,203--$490$33,891,3661Sony / Screen Gems
2The American$487,8495%2,83310$172$30,099,9542Focus
3Takers$402,9973%2,191-15$184$49,346,0643Sony / Screen Gems
4Machete$401,3820%2,6788$150$22,635,8042Fox
5Going the Distance (2010)$360,1435%3,0300$119$15,416,0592Warner Bros. / New Line
6Eat Pray Love$346,5518%2,339-324$148$75,985,8045Sony / Columbia
7The Expendables$306,3789%3,058-340$100$99,647,2535Lionsgate
8The Other Guys$260,91510%2,246-361$116$113,431,3946Sony / Columbia
9Inception$252,07410%1,583-121$159$283,162,7189Warner Bros.
10The Last Exorcism$207,1464%2,731-143$76$38,902,0213Lionsgate
11The Switch (2010)$173,7877%1,595-290$109$25,670,1154Miramax
12Nanny McPhee Returns$94,56014%2,364-344$40$26,648,5954Universal
13Despicable Me$75,69511%1,375-225$55$243,828,05010Universal
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$71,25617%1,187791$60$299,894,59511Summit
15Vampires Suck$52,3793%1,670-764$31$35,297,4334Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$81,25615%436-376$186$759,844,86139Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$74,3659%619-188$120$30,719,9005Universal
3Lottery Ticket$64,0683%905-405$71$22,879,5484Warner Bros.
4Piranha 3D$63,67718%825-964$77$24,580,2544Weinstein Company
5Toy Story 3$55,04820%712-808$77$410,171,02713Disney
6Dinner for Schmucks$41,20911%536-268$77$71,984,5207Paramount / DreamWorks
7Flipped$34,5855%442414$78$1,395,9116Warner Bros.
8The Kids Are All Right$27,9253%218-21$128$20,348,52310Focus
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$17,7888%425-30$42$42,747,4147Warner Bros.
10Winter's Bone$14,171-3%11623$122$5,864,12114Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$12,5719%220-37$57$131,446,62611Paramount
12Ramona and Beezus$6,863-2%275-30$25$25,552,3608Fox
13Charlie St. Cloud$6,6151%190-30$35$31,162,5457Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$31,51927%60-63$525$15,488,86526Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Never Let Me Go$19,879-21%4--$4,970$44,9990Fox Searchlight
3The Tillman Story$9,52413%251$381$458,6914Weinstein Company
4Knight and Day$5,84218%93-49$63$76,328,12912Fox
5Under the Sea 3D$4,5694%0-16--$24,177,55983Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Concert$4,521-3%19-1$238$518,7358Weinstein Company
7Predators$4,518-1%86-25$53$51,875,01910Fox
8Cyrus$2,49113%260$96$7,409,31913Fox Searchlight
9The Romantics$2,320-4%2--$1,160$55,3481Four of a Kind
10Bran Nue Dae$2,192-5%16--$137$33,0461Freestyle Releasing
11La Soga$1,2194%72$174$200,28157-57 Releasing
12Solitary Man$791-13%9-15$88$4,350,76917Anchor Bay
13Princess Kaiulani$560138%30$187$882,24418Roadside Attractions
14The Disappearance of Alice Creed$188-54%4-2$47$155,6726Anchor Bay
15White Wedding (2009)$162-37%2-2$81$11,7112Dada Films