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. 18 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable (2010)$1,342,898-7%3,207--$419$28,861,9141Fox
2Due Date$1,044,336-6%3,36510$310$63,519,4122Warner Bros.
3Megamind$973,034-7%3,9495$246$93,300,5982Paramount / DreamWorks
4Morning Glory (2010)$619,639-9%2,5180$246$14,622,9031Paramount
5Skyline$475,115-15%2,880--$165$14,211,7751Universal / Rogue
6Red (2010)$335,866-5%2,878-351$117$81,106,9225Summit
7For Colored Girls$310,035-5%2,1270$146$32,139,6972Lionsgate
8Saw 3D$174,509-15%1,976-832$88$44,441,1463Lionsgate
9Secretariat$164,8210%2,019-595$82$55,406,5946Disney
10Paranormal Activity 2$156,774-6%2,403-765$65$82,637,7704Paramount
11Jackass 3D$152,787-15%1,607-558$95$115,357,0915Paramount
12The Social Network$122,741-3%1,088-772$113$88,308,7877Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$107,484-5%1,691-514$64$31,900,2165Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$83,310-1%1,239-486$67$51,094,5836Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$85,140-5%175129$487$2,268,7272Summit
2Conviction$55,331-7%493-179$112$6,261,7945Fox Searchlight
3Waiting for 'Superman'$41,65915%204-38$204$6,021,4558Paramount Vantage
4The Town$33,534-14%375-426$89$90,772,7819Warner Bros.
5Inception$20,790-1%262-29$79$291,914,44518Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$20,4757%273-34$75$248,900,04019Universal
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$15,557-4%249-104$62$52,212,3488Fox
8Nowhere Boy$7,573-4%111-64$68$1,360,4826Weinstein Company
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$7,2109%240-290$30$54,390,8578Warner Bros.
10Let Me In$5,862-4%14348$41$12,092,5387Relativity / Overture
11Alpha and Omega$4,3259%123-165$35$24,607,2939Lionsgate
12Devil$4,1950%120-164$35$33,601,1909Universal
13Case 39$3,192-8%106-51$30$13,261,8517Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$46,23147%56-4$826$18,206,04835Warner Bros. / IMAX
2127 Hours$41,751-7%2218$1,898$985,8032Fox Searchlight
3Stone$9,0492%87-22$104$1,677,5106Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$7,411-6%140$529$24,822,33992Warner Bros. / IMAX
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$4,9650%67-134$74$6,328,6916Focus
6Cool It$4,21522%41--$103$42,2011Roadside Attractions
7Never Let Me Go$3,1962%32-19$100$2,342,7919Fox Searchlight
8Catfish$2,75015%25-30$110$3,211,5989Universal / Rogue
9Jack Goes Boating$1,73344%343$51$516,9409Relativity / Overture
10Avatar$1,444190%6-3$241$760,507,62548Fox
11The Tillman Story$1,19522%21-3$57$786,56713Weinstein Company
12Wild Target$866-4%50$173$58,6193Freestyle
13N-Secure$604-28%20-85$30$2,595,6445Freestyle
14Winter's Bone$241-1%100$24$6,224,40723Roadside Attractions
15Piranha 3D$629%82$8$25,003,15513Weinstein Company