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. 19 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$6,036,163-36%2,861--$2,110$23,808,0321Warner Bros.
2Easy A$3,816,571-46%2,856--$1,336$17,734,0401Sony / Screen Gems
3Resident Evil: Afterlife$2,739,568-36%3,2096$854$43,893,9582Sony / Screen Gems
4Alpha and Omega$2,687,476-35%2,625--$1,024$9,106,9061Lionsgate
5Devil$2,598,325-47%2,809--$925$12,289,3751Universal
6Takers$695,968-51%2,139-52$325$52,372,3494Sony / Screen Gems
7The American$632,641-48%2,457-376$257$32,772,4753Focus
8Machete$516,337-27%1,704-974$303$24,391,3543Fox
9Inception$462,656-49%1,305-278$355$285,129,85510Warner Bros.
10The Other Guys$446,226-52%1,827-419$244$115,403,4407Sony / Columbia
11Eat Pray Love$437,013-35%1,668-671$262$77,600,2356Sony / Columbia
12The Expendables$343,045-46%1,854-1204$185$101,020,5336Lionsgate
13Going the Distance (2010)$331,350-41%2,007-1023$165$16,771,3053Warner Bros. / New Line
14Nanny McPhee Returns$293,780-35%1,578-786$186$27,617,9405Universal
15The Last Exorcism$257,725-54%2,013-718$128$40,113,3704Lionsgate
16The Switch (2010)$214,597-49%1,158-437$185$26,600,1525Miramax

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$278,480-36%939-436$297$244,739,01511Universal
2Lottery Ticket$150,138-51%677-228$222$23,505,3605Warner Bros.
3Vampires Suck$130,364-53%964-706$135$35,865,4455Fox
4Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$94,080-40%383-236$246$31,075,1256Universal
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$84,548-32%360-65$235$43,019,6338Warner Bros.
6Grown Ups$77,169-45%304-35$254$161,094,62513Sony / Columbia
7Avatar$71,603-32%129-307$555$760,083,04140Fox
8Salt$71,249-50%335-149$213$116,974,4269Sony / Columbia
9The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$55,164-41%339-848$163$300,103,07212Summit
10Dinner for Schmucks$48,685-51%313-223$156$72,204,5398Paramount / DreamWorks
11Ramona and Beezus$47,454-39%260-15$183$25,717,9739Fox
12Flipped$46,578-41%375-67$124$1,575,0837Warner Bros.
13The Kids Are All Right$38,868-48%169-49$230$20,507,87611Focus
14The Last Airbender$36,382-32%174-46$209$131,564,73112Paramount
15Piranha 3D$34,897-48%264-561$132$24,730,7205Weinstein Company
16The Karate Kid (2010)$27,641-37%147-21$188$176,591,61815Sony / Columbia
17Winter's Bone$25,511-32%101-9$253$5,954,17315Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$76,019-19%12--$6,335$257,2851Universal / Rogue
2Hubble 3D$54,885-15%633$871$15,642,57027Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$32,904-27%4--$8,226$156,7331Fox Searchlight
4The Tillman Story$16,738-37%283$598$519,3715Weinstein Company
5Under the Sea 3D$15,104-20%161$944$24,219,10684Warner Bros. / IMAX
6We Are Family$11,387-32%78--$146$597,9723UTV Communications
7The Concert$9,77310%201$489$542,1769Weinstein Company
8Predators$9,293-37%55-31$169$51,908,58011Fox
9The Romantics$8,383-18%1412$599$81,5032Four of a Kind
10Jack Goes Boating$8,202-34%4--$2,051$28,9161Relativity / Overture
11Knight and Day$6,459-62%64-29$101$76,364,87113Fox
12Bran Nue Dae$5,627-25%171$331$51,1082Freestyle Releasing
13Cyrus$2,697-34%19-7$142$7,419,05914Fox Searchlight
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,320-27%1--$2,320$9,0691Collective Eye
15La Soga$2,087-21%4-3$522$206,72767-57 Releasing
16Solitary Man$734-24%7-2$105$4,353,41018Anchor Bay
17Princess Kaiulani$48433%2-1$242$883,45419Roadside Attractions
18Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo$434-55%2--$217$2,1981Cinema Purgatorio
19The Disappearance of Alice Creed$228-8%3-1$76$156,4727Anchor Bay