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. 31 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$5,681,091-28%2,808--$2,023$24,230,1231Lionsgate
2Paranormal Activity 2$4,219,805-35%3,23923$1,303$65,665,9722Paramount
3Red (2010)$2,586,558-45%3,34976$772$58,823,4303Summit
4Jackass 3D$1,940,287-43%3,13928$618$101,657,5583Paramount
5Hereafter$1,621,090-41%2,424243$669$22,263,7973Warner Bros.
6Secretariat$1,274,542-41%3,1080$410$44,708,8044Disney
7The Social Network$998,994-50%2,767-154$361$79,520,9845Sony / Columbia
8Life As We Know It$864,452-50%2,860-159$302$43,533,3124Warner Bros.
9The Town$478,561-46%1,608-310$298$87,626,8677Warner Bros.
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$435,352-48%2,010-226$217$52,673,8286Warner Bros.
11Easy A$220,594-53%1,262-370$175$56,300,3057Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$487,658-38%565510$863$2,383,7253Fox Searchlight
2Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$200,688-41%933-322$215$51,219,7336Fox
3Waiting for 'Superman'$123,618-42%33040$375$4,593,1096Paramount Vantage
4Devil$114,255-53%635-7$180$33,099,5607Universal
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$105,487-42%477-83$221$5,787,0944Focus
6Alpha and Omega$95,726-56%676-51$142$24,087,3987Lionsgate
7Inception$87,945-43%401-51$219$290,948,20816Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$71,285-44%713-976$100$14,637,4904Universal / Rogue
9N-Secure$67,712-51%367-78$185$2,399,1483Freestyle
10Stone$65,873-36%12512$527$1,184,0914Relativity / Overture
11Despicable Me$63,885-49%33511$191$247,877,10517Universal
12Case 39$47,723-36%406-315$118$13,036,8035Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$45,617-35%378-135$121$11,896,4955Relativity / Overture
14The Other Guys$41,066-46%302-1$136$118,754,88213Sony / Columbia
15Nowhere Boy$36,618-34%153-62$239$988,5334Weinstein Company
16Catfish$27,385-27%137-2$200$3,045,9437Universal / Rogue
17Never Let Me Go$25,195-33%126-52$200$2,183,7017Fox Searchlight
18Takers$20,136-54%132-18$153$57,381,62810Sony / Screen Gems
19Resident Evil: Afterlife$19,796-35%140-73$141$60,128,5668Sony / Screen Gems
20Buried$16,334-21%10719$153$970,1016Lionsgate
21Eat Pray Love$16,282-30%111-63$147$80,574,01012Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$37,914-34%611$622$17,397,15933Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$8,041-16%8-1$1,005$760,418,43346Fox
3Lottery Ticket$7,476-55%70-22$107$24,708,69911Warner Bros.
4Under the Sea 3D$6,796-48%160$425$24,641,15290Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Wild Target$6,460-29%4--$1,615$23,1741Freestyle
6Machete$4,638-45%56--$83$26,552,5449Fox
7The American$4,636-45%42-34$110$35,596,2279Focus
8The Tillman Story$4,597-27%240$192$741,40811Weinstein Company
9I Want Your Money$4,018-26%59-113$68$425,8993Freestyle
10Jack Goes Boating$3,240-34%350$93$472,3947Relativity / Overture
11Vampires Suck$2,830-62%49-5$58$36,645,30511Fox
12Winter's Bone$1,602-33%11-7$146$6,210,51621Roadside Attractions
13Piranha 3D$1,372-72%19--$72$24,990,41211Weinstein Company
14The Concert$1,004-45%61$167$651,54115Weinstein Company
15I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$527-35%3-5$176$89,8214Anchor Bay