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 Sun, Oct. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$7,528,877-42%3,216--$2,341$40,678,4241Paramount
2Jackass 3D$5,525,365-33%3,11130$1,776$86,861,0412Paramount
3Red (2010)$3,839,335-42%3,27318$1,173$43,518,1852Summit
4Hereafter$2,979,124-39%2,1812175$1,366$12,333,5042Warner Bros.
5Secretariat$1,943,454-37%3,10836$625$37,444,0683Disney
6The Social Network$1,751,584-46%2,92153$600$72,907,7284Sony / Columbia
7Life As We Know It$1,440,181-47%3,019-131$477$37,601,8353Warner Bros.
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,036,813-28%2,236-266$464$50,244,7335Warner Bros.
9The Town$711,386-42%1,918-450$371$84,681,6146Warner Bros.
10Easy A$390,679-51%1,632-682$239$54,784,1486Sony / Screen Gems
11Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$311,193-45%1,255-790$248$50,001,9865Fox
12My Soul to Take$253,350-46%1,689-840$150$13,985,7953Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alpha and Omega$249,259-20%727-242$343$23,512,8756Lionsgate
2Waiting for 'Superman'$208,448-28%290108$719$3,704,2805Paramount Vantage
3It's Kind of a Funny Story$177,347-39%560-197$317$5,109,1893Focus
4Inception$132,025-39%452155$292$290,381,26415Warner Bros.
5Devil$125,225-58%642-249$195$32,437,9256Universal
6N-Secure$122,803-53%445-41$276$1,964,4772Freestyle
7Stone$104,456-33%11372$924$785,1133Relativity / Overture
8Despicable Me$103,680-38%324-8$320$247,519,95016Universal
9Case 39$102,479-42%721-685$142$12,711,9344Paramount Vantage
10Let Me In$65,286-41%513-698$127$11,621,0844Relativity / Overture
11The Other Guys$62,629-39%303129$207$118,486,41912Sony / Columbia
12Nowhere Boy$62,247-33%2150$290$767,0653Weinstein Company
13Never Let Me Go$55,521-30%178-54$312$2,004,2776Fox Searchlight
14Catfish$46,534-34%13923$335$2,879,7426Universal / Rogue
15Resident Evil: Afterlife$40,843-28%213-225$192$60,001,1247Sony / Screen Gems
16Eat Pray Love$28,969-31%174-129$166$80,467,50411Sony / Columbia
17Takers$26,148-56%150-65$174$57,263,4809Sony / Screen Gems
18Nanny McPhee Returns$23,935-29%150-55$160$28,995,45010Universal
19Salt$19,317-44%125-75$155$118,311,36814Sony / Columbia
20I Want Your Money$11,377-33%172-365$66$390,3522Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$88,720-35%5544$1,613$444,2582Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$52,490-23%60-1$875$17,101,89732Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Buried$17,976-19%88-15$204$885,4545Lionsgate
4Under the Sea 3D$14,886-39%160$930$24,577,99389Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Grown Ups$13,939-46%87-27$160$162,001,18618Sony / Columbia
6Lottery Ticket$13,177-52%92-46$143$24,663,55010Warner Bros.
7The American$8,559-37%76-68$113$35,562,1138Focus
8Vampires Suck$7,041-34%54-33$130$36,623,44910Fox
9Machete$7,007-17%0-96--$26,519,9618Fox
10Avatar$5,496-52%9-1$611$760,375,01845Fox
11The Tillman Story$5,392-29%247$225$715,17010Weinstein Company
12Jack Goes Boating$3,313-38%35-14$95$453,5956Relativity / Overture
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$2,392-9%8-3$299$83,5593Anchor Bay
14The Concert$1,331-20%5-4$266$646,77114Weinstein Company
15Winter's Bone$877-47%18-16$49$6,200,83620Roadside Attractions
16Piranha 3D$501-58%0-28--$24,979,88410Weinstein Company
17The Disappearance of Alice Creed$425%21$21$166,67112Anchor Bay