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 Fri, Nov. 19 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$61,684,550--4,125--$14,954$61,684,5501Warner Bros.
2Unstoppable (2010)$4,057,443202%3,2092$1,264$32,919,3572Fox
3Megamind$3,717,933282%3,779-170$984$97,018,5313Paramount / DreamWorks
4Due Date$2,891,921177%3,229-136$896$66,411,3333Warner Bros.
5The Next Three Days$2,221,761--2,564--$867$2,221,7611Lionsgate
6Morning Glory (2010)$1,610,633160%2,54426$633$16,233,5362Paramount
7Skyline$1,081,565128%2,8833$375$15,293,3402Universal / Rogue
8Red (2010)$713,821113%2,034-844$351$81,820,7436Summit
9For Colored Girls$650,919110%1,216-911$535$32,790,6163Lionsgate
10Paranormal Activity 2$301,96993%1,101-1302$274$82,939,7395Paramount
11Secretariat$267,08362%1,010-1009$264$55,673,6777Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$381,411348%386211$988$2,650,1383Summit
2Saw 3D$265,04952%806-1170$329$44,706,1954Lionsgate
3127 Hours$258,934520%10886$2,398$1,244,7373Fox Searchlight
4The Social Network$250,633104%571-517$439$88,559,4208Sony / Columbia
5Jackass 3D$225,90548%687-920$329$115,582,9966Paramount
6Life As We Know It$171,402106%558-681$307$51,265,9857Warner Bros.
7Guzaarish$135,704--108--$1,257$135,7041UTV
8Hereafter$80,461-25%403-1288$200$31,980,6776Warner Bros.
9Despicable Me$62,980208%268-5$235$248,963,02020Universal
10The Town$58,09473%165-210$352$90,830,87510Warner Bros.
11Inception$46,811125%198-64$236$291,961,25619Warner Bros.
12Conviction$46,285-16%190-303$244$6,308,0796Fox Searchlight
13Alpha and Omega$42,994894%252129$171$24,650,28710Lionsgate
14Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$32,411108%185-64$175$52,244,7599Fox
15Waiting for 'Superman'$28,239-32%118-86$239$6,049,6949Paramount Vantage
16Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$21,072192%138-102$153$54,411,9299Warner Bros.
17Easy A$19,793--105-92$189$57,601,52110Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$49,6317%571$871$18,255,67936Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$13,06576%13-1$1,005$24,835,40493Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$9,3183%55-32$169$1,686,8287Relativity / Overture
4Nowhere Boy$8,91918%60-51$149$1,369,4017Weinstein Company
5Let Me In$6,3288%85-58$74$12,098,8668Relativity / Overture
6It's Kind of a Funny Story$6,32127%46-21$137$6,335,0127Focus
7Catfish$2,7901%13-12$215$3,214,38810Universal / Rogue
8Cool It$2,464-42%421$59$44,6652Roadside Attractions
9Wild Target$1,70797%72$244$60,3264Freestyle
10Jack Goes Boating$1,547-11%18-16$86$518,48710Relativity / Overture
11The Tillman Story$717-40%11-10$65$787,28514Weinstein Company
12Winter's Bone$29522%4-6$74$6,224,70224Roadside Attractions