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 Tue, Nov. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Due Date$2,523,3079%3,355--$752$37,531,9861Warner Bros.
2Megamind$1,870,7721%3,944--$474$49,749,0221Paramount / DreamWorks
3For Colored Girls$1,053,145-8%2,127--$495$21,689,3261Lionsgate
4Red (2010)$637,47119%3,229-120$197$72,836,5134Summit
5Saw 3D$588,02913%2,8080$209$39,440,1922Lionsgate
6Paranormal Activity 2$410,3524%3,168-71$130$77,766,6103Paramount
7Jackass 3D$373,2336%2,165-974$172$111,395,3294Paramount
8Hereafter$344,45426%2,365-59$146$29,339,7454Warner Bros.
9Secretariat$309,35114%2,614-494$118$51,610,8465Disney
10The Social Network$250,18323%1,860-907$135$85,325,2506Sony / Columbia
11Life As We Know It$212,03129%1,950-910$109$48,882,2915Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$180,68743%672107$269$5,102,3594Fox Searchlight
2The Town$102,07115%801-807$127$89,938,7128Warner Bros.
3Waiting for 'Superman'$57,17033%242-88$236$5,508,3887Paramount Vantage
4Inception$31,19814%291-110$107$291,506,62717Warner Bros.
5Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$28,194-4%740-1270$38$54,069,1027Warner Bros.
6Easy A$27,81719%486-776$57$57,278,7958Sony / Screen Gems
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$27,58620%353-580$78$51,938,0457Fox
8Stone$21,29628%109-16$195$1,528,1945Relativity / Overture
9Despicable Me$20,0901%307-28$65$248,352,54518Universal
10Nowhere Boy$16,21926%17522$93$1,227,0815Weinstein Company
11It's Kind of a Funny Story$12,9512%201-276$64$6,220,8185Focus
12Devil$9,805-1%284-351$35$33,486,3058Universal
13Alpha and Omega$8,3204%288-388$29$24,468,7098Lionsgate
14Case 39$8,10210%157-249$52$13,197,6606Paramount Vantage
15N-Secure$5,179-12%105-262$49$2,564,9454Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$57,83611%46--$1,257$761,0671Summit
2Hubble 3D$34,01129%60-1$567$17,806,89734Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$24,291-10%4--$6,073$316,2741Fox Searchlight
4Under the Sea 3D$7,38756%14-2$528$24,726,17091Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Catfish$6,32528%55-82$115$3,162,4938Universal / Rogue
6Never Let Me Go$5,95538%51-75$117$2,294,5388Fox Searchlight
7Buried$3,98531%46-61$87$1,035,6747Lionsgate
8Avatar$3,15130%91$350$760,468,13747Fox
9Let Me In$2,682-3%95-283$28$12,004,8566Relativity / Overture
10Jack Goes Boating$2,08124%31-4$67$496,4598Relativity / Overture
11The Tillman Story$1,96450%240$82$768,25612Weinstein Company
12Wild Target$1,076-13%51$215$46,5782Freestyle
13Winter's Bone$53899%10-1$54$6,219,00422Roadside Attractions
14Piranha 3D$128-24%6-13$21$25,001,82912Weinstein Company
15The Concert$83-96%4-2$21$655,81216Weinstein Company
16I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$78-57%2-1$39$91,7775Anchor Bay