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 Mon, Nov. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$1,988,381-65%2,808--$708$26,218,5041Lionsgate
2Paranormal Activity 2$1,334,823-68%3,23923$412$67,000,7952Paramount
3Jackass 3D$1,087,297-44%3,13928$346$102,744,8553Paramount
4Red (2010)$953,207-63%3,34976$285$59,776,6373Summit
5Hereafter$558,208-66%2,424243$230$22,822,0053Warner Bros.
6Secretariat$487,644-62%3,1080$157$45,196,4484Disney
7The Social Network$446,052-55%2,767-154$161$79,967,0365Sony / Columbia
8Life As We Know It$441,308-49%2,860-159$154$43,974,6204Warner Bros.
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$222,489-49%2,010-226$111$52,896,3176Warner Bros.
10The Town$217,037-55%1,608-310$135$87,843,9047Warner Bros.
11Easy A$124,687-43%1,262-370$99$56,424,9927Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$168,765-65%565510$299$2,552,4903Fox Searchlight
2Waiting for 'Superman'$87,195-29%33040$264$4,680,3046Paramount Vantage
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$70,176-65%933-322$75$51,289,9096Fox
4Alpha and Omega$60,447-37%676-51$89$24,147,8457Lionsgate
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$58,067-45%477-83$122$5,845,1614Focus
6Devil$44,450-61%635-7$70$33,144,0107Universal
7Inception$41,455-53%401-51$103$290,989,66316Warner Bros.
8Stone$30,390-54%12512$243$1,214,4814Relativity / Overture
9My Soul to Take$28,520-60%713-976$40$14,666,0104Universal / Rogue
10N-Secure$28,229-58%367-78$77$2,427,3773Freestyle
11Despicable Me$26,775-58%33511$80$247,903,88017Universal
12Case 39$18,847-61%406-315$46$13,055,6505Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$17,392-62%378-135$46$11,913,8875Relativity / Overture
14Nowhere Boy$13,938-62%153-62$91$1,002,4714Weinstein Company
15Catfish$13,725-50%137-2$100$3,059,6687Universal / Rogue
16Never Let Me Go$11,270-55%126-52$89$2,194,9717Fox Searchlight
17Buried$7,337-55%10719$69$977,4386Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$32,850-13%611$539$17,430,00933Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$8,78429%160$549$24,649,93690Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Avatar$4,044-50%8-1$506$760,422,47746Fox
4Lottery Ticket$3,081-59%70-22$44$24,711,78011Warner Bros.
5Wild Target$2,602-60%4--$651$25,7761Freestyle
6Machete$2,565-45%566$46$26,555,1099Fox
7The Tillman Story$1,974-57%240$82$743,38211Weinstein Company
8I Want Your Money$1,946-52%59-113$33$427,8453Freestyle
9The American$1,754-62%42-34$42$35,597,9819Focus
10Jack Goes Boating$1,443-55%350$41$473,8377Relativity / Overture
11Vampires Suck$1,169-59%49-5$24$36,646,47411Fox
12Winter's Bone$812-49%11-7$74$6,211,32821Roadside Attractions
13Piranha 3D$669-51%19--$35$24,991,08111Weinstein Company
14The Concert$273-73%61$46$651,81415Weinstein Company
15I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$60-89%3-5$20$89,8814Anchor Bay