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. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$6,332,83732%2,7710$2,285$41,697,8992Sony / Columbia
2Life As We Know It$5,676,3599%3,150--$1,802$10,903,5741Warner Bros.
3Secretariat$5,073,79426%3,072--$1,652$9,114,6271Disney
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$2,970,29568%3,225-350$921$37,119,9033Warner Bros.
5The Town$2,721,07348%2,720-215$1,000$72,001,9984Warner Bros.
6My Soul to Take$2,610,665-1%2,572--$1,015$5,259,8251Universal / Rogue
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2,001,27245%2,829-768$707$42,425,6963Fox
8Easy A$1,808,07335%2,847-127$635$47,091,0914Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$1,101,05136%2,2121$498$8,882,3702Paramount Vantage
10You Again$1,067,93739%2,332-216$458$20,094,2653Disney
11Let Me In$996,58533%2,04221$488$8,471,9122Relativity / Overture
12Devil$814,73055%1,442-950$565$29,577,8754Universal
13Alpha and Omega$654,72993%1,616-687$405$20,511,8124Lionsgate
14Resident Evil: Afterlife$533,87053%1,012-895$528$58,494,1915Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$797,66918%742--$1,075$1,472,9561Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$221,106-14%10369$2,147$1,252,2083Paramount Vantage
3Inception$216,67552%403-222$538$289,050,88513Warner Bros.
4Takers$180,22968%412-361$437$56,672,1627Sony / Screen Gems
5Catfish$156,72729%1437$1,096$2,120,7894Universal / Rogue
6Despicable Me$151,79062%353-110$430$246,455,08514Universal
7Never Let Me Go$144,72246%167124$867$1,047,5714Fox Searchlight
8Salt$99,47838%266-22$374$117,858,18112Sony / Columbia
9The Other Guys$86,79451%289-277$300$117,969,94810Sony / Columbia
10Lottery Ticket$67,66883%194-108$349$24,412,6348Warner Bros.
11Nanny McPhee Returns$65,19052%318-163$205$28,684,1108Universal
12Eat Pray Love$57,73735%215-183$269$79,967,5449Sony / Columbia
13The Expendables$54,27052%225-185$241$102,700,6409Lionsgate
14Grown Ups$47,45358%159-71$298$161,771,78916Sony / Columbia
15Vampires Suck$47,10775%190-71$248$36,485,6048Fox
16Dinner for Schmucks$42,38433%159-102$267$72,953,87811Paramount / DreamWorks
17Machete$40,98447%167-147$245$26,357,7906Fox
18The American$37,40749%174-200$215$35,352,5796Focus
19Going the Distance (2010)$26,15229%19675$133$17,728,9956Warner Bros. / New Line
20Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$24,83785%119-69$209$43,499,86611Warner Bros.
21Ramona and Beezus$21,48661%106-55$203$26,025,24112Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Buried$84,23810%9259$916$450,0643Lionsgate
2Hubble 3D$66,36147%602$1,106$16,393,46530Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$31,16134%6--$5,194$54,4021Relativity / Overture
4Jack Goes Boating$24,80763%9011$276$356,1134Relativity / Overture
5Nowhere Boy$23,20883%4--$5,802$35,8741Weinstein Company
6Under the Sea 3D$20,76382%180$1,154$24,391,58687Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$16,17829%83-58$195$300,467,53015Summit
8I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$12,28812%12--$1,024$23,2881Anchor Bay
9Piranha 3D$12,22372%54-41$226$24,940,3528Weinstein Company
10The Kids Are All Right$8,47348%31-33$273$20,769,71414Focus
11Winter's Bone$8,05620%52-20$155$6,159,64918Roadside Attractions
12Avatar$7,93961%14-5$567$760,303,16943Fox
13The Tillman Story$7,45648%24-3$311$661,8118Weinstein Company
14The Concert$4,309155%10-11$431$629,65012Weinstein Company
15Flipped$3,26778%18-17$182$1,750,37210Warner Bros.
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$58420%2-1$292$163,84310Anchor Bay