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 Sat, Nov. 20 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$38,226,254-38%4,125--$9,267$99,910,8041Warner Bros.
2Megamind$7,657,530106%3,779-170$2,026$104,676,0613Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$5,869,33145%3,2092$1,829$38,788,6882Fox
4Due Date$3,844,13433%3,229-136$1,191$70,255,4673Warner Bros.
5The Next Three Days$2,739,08123%2,564--$1,068$4,960,8421Lionsgate
6Morning Glory (2010)$2,328,66845%2,54426$915$18,562,2042Paramount
7Skyline$1,528,03041%2,8833$530$16,821,3702Universal / Rogue
8Red (2010)$1,161,64863%2,034-844$571$82,982,3916Summit
9For Colored Girls$1,087,49067%1,216-911$894$33,878,1063Lionsgate
10Secretariat$439,71865%1,010-1009$435$56,113,3957Disney
11Paranormal Activity 2$427,09341%1,101-1302$388$83,366,8325Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$696,60883%386211$1,805$3,346,7463Summit
2The Social Network$447,02778%571-517$783$89,006,4478Sony / Columbia
3127 Hours$391,22151%10886$3,622$1,635,9583Fox Searchlight
4Saw 3D$376,64842%806-1170$467$45,082,8434Lionsgate
5Jackass 3D$327,42745%687-920$477$115,910,4236Paramount
6Life As We Know It$241,38441%558-681$433$51,507,3697Warner Bros.
7Guzaarish$210,74055%108--$1,951$346,4441UTV
8Despicable Me$129,970106%268-5$485$249,092,99020Universal
9Hereafter$126,97758%403-1288$315$32,107,6546Warner Bros.
10The Town$100,44273%165-210$609$90,931,31710Warner Bros.
11Alpha and Omega$91,194112%252129$362$24,741,48110Lionsgate
12Conviction$85,54485%190-303$450$6,393,6236Fox Searchlight
13Inception$68,90147%198-64$348$292,030,15719Warner Bros.
14Waiting for 'Superman'$48,82773%118-86$414$6,098,5219Paramount Vantage
15Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$47,50547%185-64$257$52,292,2649Fox
16Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$35,20367%138-102$255$54,447,1329Warner Bros.
17Easy A$29,79651%105-92$284$57,631,31710Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$58,60218%571$1,028$18,314,28136Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Nowhere Boy$16,48085%60-51$275$1,385,8817Weinstein Company
3Stone$14,91260%55-32$271$1,701,7407Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$12,117-7%13-1$932$24,847,52193Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Let Me In$9,73554%85-58$115$12,108,6018Relativity / Overture
6It's Kind of a Funny Story$9,19645%46-21$200$6,344,2087Focus
7Cool It$4,82796%421$115$49,4922Roadside Attractions
8Catfish$3,96542%13-12$305$3,218,35310Universal / Rogue
9Jack Goes Boating$2,41156%18-16$134$520,89810Relativity / Overture
10Wild Target$2,35938%72$337$62,6854Freestyle
11The Tillman Story$91427%11-10$83$788,19914Weinstein Company
12Winter's Bone$44451%4-6$111$6,225,14624Roadside Attractions