'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 Fri, Oct. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$8,000,169--2,771--$2,887$8,000,1691Sony / Columbia
2Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$3,279,498120%3,59732$912$29,055,3492Fox
3The Town$3,131,681140%2,93550$1,067$57,439,1013Warner Bros.
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$2,571,219267%3,5750$719$21,763,0882Warner Bros.
5Easy A$2,274,171243%2,974118$765$37,702,3613Sony / Screen Gems
6Let Me In$1,913,696--2,021--$947$1,913,6961Relativity / Overture
7Case 39$1,828,478--2,211--$827$1,828,4781Paramount Vantage
8You Again$1,689,237196%2,5480$663$12,574,3042Disney
10Resident Evil: Afterlife$796,83894%1,907-735$418$54,627,1634Sony / Screen Gems
11Alpha and Omega$616,632201%2,303-322$268$16,641,2013Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$246,509123%625-282$394$287,747,67712Warner Bros.
2Takers$230,18592%773-640$298$55,607,0036Sony / Screen Gems
3Catfish$201,215235%13679$1,480$1,232,3873Universal / Rogue
4The Other Guys$134,24680%566-481$237$117,391,9559Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$108,805224%463-147$235$245,760,72513Universal
6Eat Pray Love$95,9635%398-457$241$79,486,0768Sony / Columbia
7Salt$87,630--288102$304$117,362,24711Sony / Columbia
8The Expendables$66,33921%410-442$162$102,351,3978Lionsgate
10The American$64,929-29%374-941$174$35,056,9725Focus
11Lottery Ticket$62,009298%302--$205$24,066,1497Warner Bros.
12Nanny McPhee Returns$55,315193%481-284$115$28,357,4207Universal
13Dinner for Schmucks$51,084107%261-62$196$72,695,55810Paramount / DreamWorks
14Grown Ups$44,208--230-35$192$161,527,74315Sony / Columbia
15Vampires Suck$42,880279%261-154$164$36,261,4237Fox
16The Last Exorcism$38,36759%307-400$125$40,904,4226Lionsgate
17Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$26,790178%188-79$143$43,339,45710Warner Bros.
18Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$22,80022%120-113$190$31,448,0558Universal
19The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$19,62654%141-83$139$300,362,57014Summit
20Ramona and Beezus$19,626317%161-30$122$25,910,62411Fox
21The Virginity Hit$17,357-48%434-266$40$503,9834Sony / Columbia
22Going the Distance (2010)$12,663-43%121-354$105$17,639,8025Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$158,3051163%3430$4,656$351,0392Paramount Vantage
2Never Let Me Go$54,088125%4317$1,258$591,4073Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$32,14418%58-3$554$16,068,46129Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Jack Goes Boating$28,838200%7942$365$200,4193Relativity / Overture
6Piranha 3D$18,171407%9529$191$24,852,0817Weinstein Company
7Winter's Bone$13,86487%72-7$193$6,091,30417Roadside Attractions
8The Kids Are All Right$12,65168%64-43$198$20,700,73913Focus
9Under the Sea 3D$8,75432%180$486$24,314,85986Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Tillman Story$7,86240%270$291$616,9017Weinstein Company
12The Concert$5,38634%213$256$597,22911Weinstein Company
13Flipped$5,16410%35-71$148$1,728,7879Warner Bros.
14Bran Nue Dae$2,017-49%13-42$155$106,7914Freestyle Releasing
15The Disappearance of Alice Creed$847801%31$282$159,6639Anchor Bay
16Solitary Man$248-67%1-5$248$4,360,18520Anchor Bay