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 Wed, Nov. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$14,425,86341%4,125--$3,497$158,493,0481Warner Bros.
2Tangled$11,869,194--3,603--$3,294$11,869,1940Disney
3Burlesque$2,865,612--3,037--$944$2,865,6120Sony / Screen Gems
4Megamind$2,693,41129%3,411-538$790$115,608,0383Paramount / DreamWorks
5Love and Other Drugs$2,239,489--2,366--$947$2,239,4890Fox
6Unstoppable (2010)$1,911,92823%3,26154$586$46,462,8542Fox
7Faster (2010)$1,601,189--2,454--$652$1,601,1890CBS Films
8Due Date$1,368,0329%2,733-632$501$75,970,9233Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$748,045-5%2,564--$292$8,698,8811Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$610,307-10%2,441-77$250$21,593,2752Paramount
11Skyline$240,335-46%2,8833$83$18,820,3352Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$277,683121%279257$995$2,409,5843Fox Searchlight
2Red (2010)$222,170-38%914-1964$243$84,433,0006Summit
3Fair Game (2010)$184,52023%396221$466$4,179,3463Summit
4For Colored Girls$160,220-25%605-1522$265$35,004,6073Lionsgate
5Secretariat$119,919-19%501-1518$239$56,757,6757Disney
6The Social Network$113,803-13%291-797$391$89,585,6478Sony / Columbia
7Despicable Me$73,15056%266-7$275$249,322,99020Universal
8Guzaarish$60,44920%108--$560$629,2231UTV
9Paranormal Activity 2$44,190-63%279-2124$158$83,842,9135Paramount
10The Town$40,21349%318-57$126$91,071,33710Warner Bros.
11Jackass 3D$37,900-68%183-1424$207$116,340,9706Paramount
12Alpha and Omega$34,7367%228105$152$24,894,04310Lionsgate
13Easy A$33,178--105--$316$57,679,80810Sony / Screen Gems
14Life As We Know It$29,451-62%301-938$98$51,792,3167Warner Bros.
15Saw 3D$25,245-78%806-1170$31$45,514,0754Lionsgate
16Inception$24,6707%164-98$150$292,134,45419Warner Bros.
17Hereafter$15,445-56%313-1378$49$32,266,2796Warner Bros.
18Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$12,67434%130-110$97$54,500,9849Warner Bros.
19Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$9,258-33%124-125$75$52,348,4229Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$48,049-24%571$843$18,505,14236Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Waiting for 'Superman'$12,572-50%69-135$182$6,186,0649Paramount Vantage
3Under the Sea 3D$11,399-17%13-1$877$24,890,85393Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Nutcracker in 3D$10,019--45--$223$10,0190Freestyle Releasing
5Conviction$9,092-63%88-405$103$6,488,2146Fox Searchlight
6It's Kind of a Funny Story$3,693-1%46-21$80$6,360,6297Focus
7Nowhere Boy$3,547-12%60-51$59$1,404,6247Weinstein Company
8Stone$2,277-58%23-64$99$1,723,6987Relativity / Overture
9Wild Target$1,32068%72$189$67,6774Freestyle
10Let Me In$1,262-60%31-112$41$12,121,8498Relativity / Overture
11Catfish$1,260-12%9-16$140$3,225,01310Universal / Rogue
12Jack Goes Boating$69317%9-25$77$523,75310Relativity / Overture
13The Tillman Story$259-31%11-10$24$789,80014Weinstein Company