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 Sat, Oct. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$8,876,16911%2,771--$3,203$16,876,3381Sony / Columbia
2Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$5,161,686101%3,5750$1,444$26,924,7742Warner Bros.
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$4,395,52434%3,59732$1,222$33,450,8732Fox
4The Town$4,256,20236%2,93550$1,450$61,695,3033Warner Bros.
5Easy A$3,017,57833%2,974118$1,015$40,719,9393Sony / Screen Gems
6You Again$2,730,95462%2,5480$1,072$15,305,2582Disney
7Case 39$2,176,15319%2,211--$984$4,004,6311Paramount Vantage
8Let Me In$2,057,7428%2,021--$1,018$3,971,4381Relativity / Overture
9Devil$1,662,44048%2,392-419$695$26,514,0803Universal
10Alpha and Omega$1,358,477120%2,303-322$590$17,999,6783Lionsgate
11Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,220,49453%1,907-735$640$55,847,6574Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$471,12491%625-282$754$288,218,80112Warner Bros.
2Takers$377,95864%773-640$489$55,984,9616Sony / Screen Gems
3Catfish$231,20115%13679$1,700$1,463,5883Universal / Rogue
4The Other Guys$210,34557%566-481$372$117,602,3009Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$206,03589%463-147$445$245,966,76013Universal
6Eat Pray Love$135,54141%398-457$341$79,621,6178Sony / Columbia
7Salt$122,50440%288102$425$117,484,75111Sony / Columbia
8Lottery Ticket$119,22592%302--$395$24,185,3747Warner Bros.
9The Expendables$105,61459%410-442$258$102,457,0118Lionsgate
10Nanny McPhee Returns$101,01083%481-284$210$28,458,4307Universal
11The American$96,26148%374-941$257$35,153,2335Focus
12Machete$91,35041%314-368$291$26,147,7445Fox
13Grown Ups$76,64373%230-35$333$161,604,38615Sony / Columbia
14Dinner for Schmucks$73,56444%261-62$282$72,769,12210Paramount / DreamWorks
15Vampires Suck$67,17657%261-154$257$36,328,5997Fox
16The Last Exorcism$59,27454%307-400$193$40,963,6966Lionsgate
17Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$55,187106%188-79$294$43,394,64410Warner Bros.
18Ramona and Beezus$38,18895%161-30$237$25,948,81211Fox
19The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$30,88857%141-83$219$300,393,45814Summit
20Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$28,83526%120-113$240$31,476,8908Universal
21The Virginity Hit$18,9649%434-266$44$522,9474Sony / Columbia
22Going the Distance (2010)$17,75740%121-354$147$17,657,5595Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$143,342-9%3430$4,216$494,3812Paramount Vantage
2Never Let Me Go$79,40947%4317$1,847$670,8163Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$51,58460%58-3$889$16,120,04529Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Jack Goes Boating$43,74952%7942$554$244,1683Relativity / Overture
5Buried$40,22330%3322$1,219$210,2952Lionsgate
6Piranha 3D$30,71369%9529$323$24,882,7947Weinstein Company
7The Kids Are All Right$19,81257%64-43$310$20,720,55113Focus
8Winter's Bone$19,09538%72-7$265$6,110,39917Roadside Attractions
9Under the Sea 3D$11,64433%180$647$24,326,50386Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Tillman Story$9,48721%270$351$626,3887Weinstein Company
11Avatar$9,46247%19-10$498$760,270,84642Fox
12The Concert$9,00667%213$429$606,23511Weinstein Company
13Flipped$7,26741%35-71$208$1,736,0549Warner Bros.
14Bran Nue Dae$2,0813%13-42$160$108,8724Freestyle Releasing
15The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,17238%31$391$160,8359Anchor Bay
16Solitary Man$36346%1-5$363$4,360,54820Anchor Bay