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. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$20,832,65182%4,1250$5,050$190,801,6792Warner Bros.
2Tangled$19,548,825142%3,603--$5,426$39,488,0711Disney
3Megamind$5,254,305158%3,411-368$1,540$122,897,4614Paramount / DreamWorks
4Unstoppable (2010)$4,620,46381%3,183-26$1,452$53,630,1813Fox
5Burlesque$4,537,66382%3,037--$1,494$9,890,1321Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$3,815,59898%2,455--$1,554$7,977,9691Fox
7Faster (2010)$3,234,35572%2,454--$1,318$6,714,0421CBS Films
8Due Date$2,828,23564%2,555-674$1,107$80,521,3584Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$1,815,18480%2,5640$708$11,524,1332Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$1,599,46091%2,441-103$655$24,029,9733Paramount
11Skyline$439,93073%1,189-1694$370$19,514,2803Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$657,217118%293185$2,243$3,368,5024Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$589,194169%39610$1,488$4,987,8024Summit
3Red (2010)$566,61482%914-1120$620$85,308,3417Summit
4For Colored Girls$533,329170%605-611$882$35,735,4064Lionsgate
5The Social Network$282,064115%291-280$969$89,998,8979Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$275,52093%501-509$550$57,175,6118Disney
7Despicable Me$139,650262%266-2$525$249,501,21021Universal
8The Town$118,055171%318153$371$91,232,96011Warner Bros.
9Paranormal Activity 2$88,401107%279-822$317$83,973,9546Paramount
10Jackass 3D$75,88286%183-504$415$116,457,6277Paramount
11Easy A$71,888189%251146$286$57,791,68311Sony / Screen Gems
12Life As We Know It$60,22981%249-309$242$51,885,8678Warner Bros.
13Alpha and Omega$60,150234%228-24$264$24,972,18011Lionsgate
14Saw 3D$50,81199%145-661$350$45,590,3615Lionsgate
15Inception$48,057102%144-54$334$292,206,34620Warner Bros.
16Hereafter$28,14874%202-201$139$32,408,5027Warner Bros.
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$24,927268%130-8$192$54,532,68510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$119,052--4--$29,763$119,0521Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$80,928289%570$1,420$18,644,78837Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Guzaarish$59,167-19%96-12$616$761,7602UTV
4Conviction$26,463184%86-104$308$6,523,9937Fox Searchlight
5The Nutcracker in 3D$24,145109%45--$537$45,7401Freestyle Releasing
6Waiting for 'Superman'$23,693284%69-49$343$6,215,92410Paramount Vantage
7Under the Sea 3D$21,971480%130$1,690$24,907,62894Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$16,977131%90-95$189$52,372,75210Fox
9Stone$5,645235%23-32$245$1,731,0288Relativity / Overture
10Nowhere Boy$4,93786%40-20$123$1,412,2198Weinstein Company
11Catfish$3,330118%9-4$370$3,229,87311Universal / Rogue
12Wild Target$3,125230%6-1$521$71,7495Freestyle
13Let Me In$2,556179%31-54$82$12,125,3209Relativity / Overture
14Jack Goes Boating$1,2841046%9-9$143$525,14911Relativity / Overture
15The Tillman Story$996174%132$77$791,15915Weinstein Company
16Winter's Bone$224--2-2$112$6,225,94325Roadside Attractions
17Cool It$153--1-41$153$57,1853Roadside Attractions