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 Thu, Nov. 11 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Megamind$7,637,791230%3,944--$1,937$59,702,1741Paramount / DreamWorks
2Due Date$3,369,10231%3,355--$1,004$43,478,2661Warner Bros.
3For Colored Girls$1,550,08467%2,127--$729$24,170,1881Lionsgate
4Morning Glory (2010)$1,538,37044%2,518--$611$2,606,0550Paramount
5Red (2010)$1,175,33670%3,229-120$364$74,703,8574Summit
6Saw 3D$707,28124%2,8080$252$40,717,8612Lionsgate
7Paranormal Activity 2$674,68433%3,168-71$213$78,950,4563Paramount
8Secretariat$606,59487%2,614-494$232$52,541,8745Disney
9Jackass 3D$577,09933%2,165-974$267$112,407,8094Paramount
10Hereafter$471,29348%2,205-219$214$30,130,3494Warner Bros.
11The Social Network$420,74244%1,860-907$226$86,037,4256Sony / Columbia
12Life As We Know It$364,11470%1,725-1135$211$49,460,6195Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$176,90033%672162$263$5,411,9764Fox Searchlight
2The Town$149,08749%801-807$186$90,188,1598Warner Bros.
3Waiting for 'Superman'$97,62538%242-88$403$5,676,6697Paramount Vantage
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$91,184183%530-1480$172$54,192,4547Warner Bros.
5Despicable Me$76,750233%307-28$250$248,452,32018Universal
6Easy A$62,49377%486-776$129$57,376,5728Sony / Screen Gems
7Inception$56,81164%291-110$195$291,598,07917Warner Bros.
8Alpha and Omega$39,220284%288-388$136$24,518,1388Lionsgate
9Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$31,49440%353-580$89$51,992,0987Fox
10It's Kind of a Funny Story$26,04843%201-276$130$6,265,0325Focus
11Nowhere Boy$21,01034%17522$120$1,263,8075Weinstein Company
12Stone$20,24813%109-16$186$1,566,4255Relativity / Overture
13Devil$19,88056%284-351$70$33,518,9658Universal
14Case 39$12,28945%157-249$78$13,218,4496Paramount Vantage
15N-Secure$9,25768%105-262$88$2,579,7194Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$80,02038%46--$1,740$898,9861Summit
2Hubble 3D$47,38052%60-1$790$17,885,41034Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$30,77419%4--$7,694$372,9891Fox Searchlight
4Under the Sea 3D$10,03519%14-2$717$24,744,63391Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Catfish$8,79545%55-82$160$3,177,3388Universal / Rogue
6Never Let Me Go$7,14343%51-75$140$2,306,6688Fox Searchlight
7Avatar$5,92065%91$658$760,477,63547Fox
8Buried$4,67423%46-61$102$1,044,1437Lionsgate
9Let Me In$4,22231%95-283$44$12,012,3136Relativity / Overture
10The Tillman Story$3,36629%240$140$774,23612Weinstein Company
11Jack Goes Boating$2,5149%31-4$81$501,2708Relativity / Overture
12Wild Target$82459%51$165$47,9192Freestyle
13Winter's Bone$49714%10-1$50$6,219,93822Roadside Attractions
14I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$241302%2-1$121$92,0785Anchor Bay
15The Concert$22033%4-2$55$656,19716Weinstein Company
16Piranha 3D$154-13%6-13$26$25,002,16012Weinstein Company