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 Mon, Nov. 29 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$2,339,162-75%4,1250$567$221,395,2912Warner Bros.
2Tangled$1,771,169-83%3,603--$492$70,477,4671Disney
3Burlesque$876,247-68%3,037--$289$18,176,4601Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$701,263-66%2,455--$286$14,602,7951Fox
5Faster (2010)$601,401-67%2,454--$245$12,604,2411CBS Films
6Unstoppable (2010)$588,603-71%3,183-26$185$61,031,2243Fox
7Due Date$477,450-66%2,555-674$187$85,338,4584Warner Bros.
8Megamind$412,876-83%3,411-368$121$130,631,8104Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Next Three Days$323,870-65%2,5640$126$14,715,9422Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$229,676-69%2,441-103$94$26,570,2473Paramount
11Skyline$83,230-64%1,189-1694$70$20,299,0203Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$133,312-64%293185$455$4,553,4804Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$91,995-71%39610$232$6,050,7924Summit
3Red (2010)$74,854-68%914-1120$82$86,192,2667Summit
4For Colored Girls$72,141-69%605-611$119$36,636,5054Lionsgate
5Secretariat$37,129-69%501-509$74$57,584,3928Disney
6The Social Network$35,258-73%291-280$121$90,459,2449Sony / Columbia
7The Town$24,169-62%318153$76$91,453,79411Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me$15,995-79%266-2$60$249,740,64521Universal
9Jackass 3D$14,156-54%183-504$77$116,577,9567Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$13,128-66%279-822$47$84,118,7896Paramount
11Saw 3D$9,152-61%145-661$63$45,680,0075Lionsgate
12Life As We Know It$8,858-66%249-309$36$51,988,8778Warner Bros.
13Inception$8,088-62%144-54$56$292,285,84320Warner Bros.
14Alpha and Omega$7,112-82%228-24$31$25,085,08911Lionsgate
15Hereafter$5,662-68%202-201$28$32,367,0197Warner Bros.
16Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,926-71%130-8$38$54,584,41910Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$34,416-67%4--$8,604$389,8661Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$23,850-37%570$418$18,746,20937Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Waiting for 'Superman'$11,387-20%69-49$165$6,264,18110Paramount Vantage
4Guzaarish$10,385-79%96-12$108$901,0632UTV
5Conviction$7,601-47%86-104$88$6,578,6287Fox Searchlight
6Under the Sea 3D$4,431-57%130$341$24,943,24294Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$3,138-62%90-95$35$52,404,30810Fox
8The Nutcracker in 3D$3,061-81%45--$68$90,6001Freestyle Releasing
9Stone$1,402-66%23-32$61$1,743,4678Relativity / Overture
10Nowhere Boy$1,121-69%40-20$28$1,423,3988Weinstein Company
11Wild Target$1,038-35%6-1$173$77,4555Freestyle
12Catfish$675-44%9-4$75$3,235,04811Universal / Rogue
13Let Me In$486-62%31-54$16$12,129,9719Relativity / Overture
14Jack Goes Boating$462-67%9-9$51$529,30711Relativity / Overture
15The Tillman Story$191-77%132$15$793,11615Weinstein Company
16Winter's Bone$111-40%2--$56$6,226,47625Roadside Attractions
17Cool It$74-73%1--$74$58,0243Roadside Attractions