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 Mon, Sep. 20 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$2,288,174-62%2,861--$800$26,096,2061Warner Bros.
2Easy A$1,074,209-72%2,856--$376$18,808,2491Sony / Screen Gems
3Resident Evil: Afterlife$838,987-69%3,2096$261$44,732,9452Sony / Screen Gems
4Devil$800,565-69%2,809--$285$13,089,9401Universal
5Alpha and Omega$324,064-88%2,625--$123$9,430,9701Lionsgate
6Takers$214,513-69%2,139-52$100$52,586,8624Sony / Screen Gems
7The American$207,630-67%2,457-376$85$32,980,1053Focus
8Machete$172,649-67%1,704-974$101$24,564,0033Fox
9Eat Pray Love$157,222-64%1,668-671$94$77,757,4576Sony / Columbia
10Inception$156,126-66%1,305-278$120$285,285,98110Warner Bros.
11The Other Guys$131,240-71%1,827-419$72$115,534,6807Sony / Columbia
12Going the Distance (2010)$117,229-65%2,007-1023$58$16,888,5343Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Expendables$114,832-67%1,854-1204$62$101,135,3656Lionsgate
14The Last Exorcism$79,046-69%2,013-718$39$40,192,4164Lionsgate
15The Switch (2010)$67,185-69%1,158-437$58$26,667,3375Miramax
16Nanny McPhee Returns$47,640-84%1,588-776$30$27,665,5805Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$47,185-83%944-431$50$244,786,20011Universal
2Lottery Ticket$31,532-79%677-228$47$23,536,8925Warner Bros.
3Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$30,720-67%384-235$80$31,105,8456Universal
4Avatar$23,985-67%129-307$186$760,107,02640Fox
5Vampires Suck$23,840-82%964-706$25$35,889,2855Fox
6Dinner for Schmucks$17,830-63%313-223$57$72,222,3698Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$17,339-69%339-848$51$300,120,41112Summit
8The Kids Are All Right$14,630-62%169-49$87$20,522,50611Focus
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$13,374-84%360-65$37$43,033,0078Warner Bros.
10Piranha 3D$13,092-62%264-561$50$24,743,8125Weinstein Company
11Flipped$12,142-74%375-67$32$1,587,2257Warner Bros.
12The Last Airbender$8,849-76%174-46$51$131,573,58012Paramount
13Winter's Bone$8,761-66%103-13$85$5,962,93415Roadside Attractions
14Ramona and Beezus$2,158-95%260-15$8$25,720,1319Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$26,593-52%633$422$15,669,16327Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Catfish$26,088-66%12--$2,174$283,3731Universal / Rogue
3Never Let Me Go$10,473-68%4--$2,618$167,2061Fox Searchlight
4The Tillman Story$5,990-64%283$214$525,3615Weinstein Company
5Under the Sea 3D$5,872-61%16--$367$24,224,97884Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Jack Goes Boating$3,372-59%4--$843$32,2881Relativity / Overture
7Predators$3,268-65%55-31$59$51,911,84811Fox
8The Romantics$3,099-63%1412$221$84,6022Four of a Kind
9Knight and Day$3,047-53%64-29$48$76,367,91813Fox
10We Are Family$2,162-81%78--$28$600,1343UTV Communications
11The Concert$2,113-78%201$106$544,2899Weinstein Company
12Bran Nue Dae$1,924-66%171$113$53,0322Freestyle Releasing
13Cyrus$1,874-31%19-7$99$7,420,93314Fox Searchlight
14Solitary Man$291-60%7-2$42$4,353,70118Anchor Bay
15La Soga$231-89%4-3$58$206,95867-57 Releasing
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$39-83%3-1$13$156,5117Anchor Bay