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 Wed, Oct. 13 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$1,231,517-11%2,7710$444$50,818,2942Sony / Columbia
2Life As We Know It$1,080,372-13%3,150--$343$18,531,2991Warner Bros.
3Secretariat$1,057,498-12%3,072--$344$16,842,0151Disney
4The Town$550,343-10%2,720-215$202$75,956,4634Warner Bros.
5Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$401,649-13%2,829-768$142$45,111,3833Fox
6My Soul to Take$386,125-21%2,572--$150$8,372,0601Universal / Rogue
7Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$365,460-14%3,225-350$113$41,337,4953Warner Bros.
8Easy A$275,755-11%2,847-127$97$49,375,1834Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$226,803-11%2,2121$103$10,482,4762Paramount Vantage
10Let Me In$218,634-13%2,04221$107$9,996,4692Relativity / Overture
11You Again$191,513-12%2,332-216$82$21,543,1453Disney
12Resident Evil: Afterlife$111,123-6%1,012-895$110$59,269,3185Sony / Screen Gems
13Devil$108,150-12%1,442-950$75$30,486,1054Universal
14Alpha and Omega$94,661-13%1,616-687$59$21,632,2084Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$165,485-6%742--$223$2,619,3541Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$78,96315%10369$767$1,685,1933Paramount Vantage
3Inception$44,102-4%403-222$109$289,350,07613Warner Bros.
4Catfish$41,4706%1437$290$2,380,8344Universal / Rogue
5Never Let Me Go$39,894-12%167124$239$1,292,0374Fox Searchlight
6Takers$25,232-14%412-361$61$56,877,9747Sony / Screen Gems
7Despicable Me$22,945-7%353-110$65$246,672,18014Universal
8The Expendables$12,017-7%225-185$53$102,777,4059Lionsgate
9Dinner for Schmucks$10,240-7%159-102$64$73,014,53111Paramount / DreamWorks
10The American$9,905-6%174-200$57$35,409,0686Focus
11Machete$9,578-3%167-147$57$26,421,6736Fox
12Nanny McPhee Returns$9,540-15%318-163$30$28,776,4558Universal
13Lottery Ticket$8,684-1%194-108$45$24,486,8168Warner Bros.
14Going the Distance (2010)$7,870-16%19675$40$17,775,0376Warner Bros. / New Line
15Vampires Suck$6,312-10%190-71$33$36,538,9748Fox
16Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$4,085-10%119-69$34$43,534,67611Warner Bros.
17Ramona and Beezus$4,0395%106-55$38$26,057,80712Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$35,56612%602$593$16,561,44930Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Buried$26,204-14%9259$285$610,1473Lionsgate
3Under the Sea 3D$9,62033%180$534$24,440,04687Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Stone$8,234-17%6--$1,372$104,7981Relativity / Overture
5Jack Goes Boating$6,193-13%9011$69$393,9314Relativity / Overture
6Winter's Bone$4,28956%57-21$75$6,177,09018Roadside Attractions
7Nowhere Boy$4,104-7%4--$1,026$67,6931Weinstein Company
8Avatar$3,767-14%14-5$269$760,318,38243Fox
9The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$3,7281%83-58$45$300,489,84715Summit
10I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$3,59418%12--$300$44,2771Anchor Bay
11The Kids Are All Right$3,23829%31-33$104$20,783,57114Focus
12The Tillman Story$2,58711%24-3$108$675,1288Weinstein Company
13Piranha 3D$2,49014%54-41$46$24,958,8968Weinstein Company
14The Concert$1,22730%10-11$123$634,88712Weinstein Company
15Flipped$591-13%18-17$33$1,754,13610Warner Bros.
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$231-26%2-1$116$165,03710Anchor Bay