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 Fri, Oct. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$20,109,273--3,216--$6,253$20,109,2731Paramount
2Jackass 3D$7,537,348129%3,11130$2,423$73,084,5742Paramount
3Red (2010)$4,544,308183%3,27318$1,388$33,027,5772Summit
4Hereafter$4,131,47615505%2,1812175$1,894$4,446,8332Warner Bros.
5The Social Network$2,280,096187%2,92153$781$67,910,8524Sony / Columbia
6Life As We Know It$2,001,780179%3,019-131$663$33,467,1613Warner Bros.
7Secretariat$1,993,919147%3,10836$642$32,436,8283Disney
8The Town$811,168135%1,918-450$423$82,743,6926Warner Bros.
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$768,593193%2,236-266$344$47,765,3075Warner Bros.
10Easy A$566,660194%1,632-682$347$53,601,9026Sony / Screen Gems
11Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$362,81371%1,255-790$289$49,119,9485Fox
12My Soul to Take$346,24552%1,689-840$205$13,259,5253Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$277,958155%290108$958$3,207,7365Paramount Vantage
2Devil$215,070299%642-249$335$32,010,9606Universal
3It's Kind of a Funny Story$210,49893%560-197$376$4,642,5253Focus
4Alpha and Omega$166,676152%727-242$229$22,952,4486Lionsgate
5N-Secure$166,552200%445-41$374$1,579,9332Freestyle
6Inception$151,092340%452155$334$290,032,21615Warner Bros.
7Case 39$132,13757%721-685$183$12,433,6674Paramount Vantage
8Stone$100,604495%11372$890$524,5773Relativity / Overture
9Despicable Me$98,820250%324-8$305$247,247,81516Universal
10Let Me In$85,19718%513-698$166$11,444,3494Relativity / Overture
11The Other Guys$76,477--303129$252$118,320,37312Sony / Columbia
12Nowhere Boy$58,30272%2150$271$611,8733Weinstein Company
13Never Let Me Go$56,63838%178-54$318$1,869,6716Fox Searchlight
14Catfish$49,272154%13923$354$2,762,6106Universal / Rogue
15Resident Evil: Afterlife$39,67722%213-225$186$59,903,2997Sony / Screen Gems
16Takers$33,118--150-65$221$57,177,2939Sony / Screen Gems
17Eat Pray Love$31,736--174-129$182$80,396,45211Sony / Columbia
18Salt$23,816--125-75$191$118,257,57514Sony / Columbia
19Nanny McPhee Returns$18,750158%150-55$125$28,937,75010Universal
20I Want Your Money$13,536-41%172-365$79$362,0992Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$76,900676%5544$1,398$218,0232Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$61,22665%60-1$1,020$16,988,18132Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Buried$17,21327%88-15$196$845,1765Lionsgate
4Grown Ups$15,377--87-27$177$161,961,66118Sony / Columbia
5Lottery Ticket$14,297130%92-46$155$24,622,76410Warner Bros.
6Under the Sea 3D$13,66473%160$854$24,549,44389Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The American$9,974-1%76-68$131$35,540,0568Focus
8Avatar$7,40483%9-1$823$760,358,12345Fox
9Vampires Suck$6,965150%54-33$129$36,605,73610Fox
10Machete$5,8547%0-96--$26,504,5258Fox
11The Tillman Story$5,368234%247$224$700,08010Weinstein Company
12Jack Goes Boating$3,79012%35-14$108$444,9686Relativity / Overture
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$3,14675%8-3$393$78,5253Anchor Bay
14Winter's Bone$1,301-39%18-16$72$6,198,30020Roadside Attractions
15The Concert$78096%5-4$156$643,77814Weinstein Company
16Piranha 3D$561-47%0-28--$24,978,19710Weinstein Company
17The Disappearance of Alice Creed$9088%21$45$166,58912Anchor Bay