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 Sun, Nov. 28 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tangled$10,665,154-43%3,603--$2,960$68,706,2981Disney
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$9,525,510-49%4,1250$2,309$219,056,1292Warner Bros.
3Burlesque$2,751,495-41%3,037--$906$17,300,2131Sony / Screen Gems
4Megamind$2,465,673-49%3,411-368$723$130,218,9344Paramount / DreamWorks
5Love and Other Drugs$2,052,772-47%2,455--$836$13,901,5321Fox
6Unstoppable (2010)$2,033,887-57%3,183-26$639$60,442,6213Fox
7Faster (2010)$1,827,923-47%2,454--$745$12,002,8401CBS Films
8Due Date$1,394,348-53%2,555-674$546$84,861,0084Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$923,052-53%2,5640$360$14,392,0722Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$733,432-53%2,441-103$300$26,340,5713Paramount
11Skyline$231,855-51%1,189-1694$195$20,215,7903Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$371,022-45%293185$1,266$4,420,1684Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$320,537-51%39610$809$5,958,7974Summit
3Red (2010)$237,466-58%914-1120$260$86,117,4127Summit
4For Colored Girls$235,789-60%605-611$390$36,564,3644Lionsgate
5The Social Network$130,880-56%291-280$450$90,423,9869Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$121,540-51%501-509$243$57,547,2638Disney
7Despicable Me$74,480-50%266-2$280$249,724,65021Universal
8The Town$63,603-52%318153$200$91,429,62511Warner Bros.
9Easy A$45,564-45%251146$182$57,920,78611Sony / Screen Gems
10Alpha and Omega$39,637-40%228-24$174$25,077,97711Lionsgate
11Paranormal Activity 2$38,940-58%279-822$140$84,105,6616Paramount
12Jackass 3D$30,971-59%183-504$169$116,563,8007Paramount
13Life As We Know It$26,054-62%249-309$105$51,980,0198Warner Bros.
14Saw 3D$23,351-59%145-661$161$45,670,8555Lionsgate
15Inception$21,285-58%144-54$148$292,277,75520Warner Bros.
16Hereafter$17,696-46%202-201$88$32,459,2637Warner Bros.
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$16,988-43%130-8$131$54,579,49310Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$104,659-21%4--$26,165$355,4501Weinstein Company
2Guzaarish$48,794-39%96-12$508$890,6782UTV
3Hubble 3D$37,930-51%570$665$18,722,35937Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Nutcracker in 3D$15,994-38%45--$355$87,5391Freestyle Releasing
5Conviction$14,470-56%86-104$168$6,571,0277Fox Searchlight
6Waiting for 'Superman'$14,243-37%69-49$206$6,252,79410Paramount Vantage
7Under the Sea 3D$10,334-50%130$795$24,938,81194Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$8,231-59%90-95$91$52,401,17010Fox
9Stone$4,094-41%23-32$178$1,742,0658Relativity / Overture
10Nowhere Boy$3,562-45%40-20$89$1,422,2778Weinstein Company
11Wild Target$1,606-48%6-1$268$76,4175Freestyle
12Jack Goes Boating$1,386-40%9-9$154$528,84511Relativity / Overture
13Let Me In$1,275-56%31-54$41$12,129,4859Relativity / Overture
14Catfish$1,215-63%9-4$135$3,234,37311Universal / Rogue
15The Tillman Story$824-13%132$63$792,92515Weinstein Company
16Cool It$270-45%1-41$270$57,9503Roadside Attractions
17Winter's Bone$186-21%2-2$93$6,226,36525Roadside Attractions