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, Dec. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,935,386-15%4,1250$469$225,609,1582Warner Bros.
2Tangled$1,359,351-20%3,6030$377$73,534,3401Disney
3Burlesque$822,618-20%3,0370$271$20,030,8501Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$734,376-14%2,45589$299$16,193,5921Fox
5Unstoppable (2010)$549,018-18%3,183-78$172$62,245,8653Fox
6Faster (2010)$519,873-23%2,4540$212$13,799,5561CBS Films
7Due Date$458,742-9%2,555-178$180$86,300,5474Warner Bros.
8Megamind$326,776-15%3,4110$96$131,341,0014Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Next Three Days$312,650-22%2,5640$122$15,428,3272Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$235,171-20%2,4410$96$27,097,9043Paramount
11Skyline$71,220-8%1,189-1694$60$20,448,0453Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$139,556-11%29314$476$4,849,9434Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$93,609-13%3960$236$6,251,5544Summit
3Red (2010)$71,691-9%9140$78$86,342,7167Summit
4For Colored Girls$52,816-17%6050$87$36,752,7804Lionsgate
5The Social Network$33,816-9%2910$116$90,530,1979Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$33,636-12%5010$67$57,656,4448Disney
7The Town$25,500-11%3180$80$91,507,94411Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me$14,630-8%2660$55$249,771,10521Universal
9Jackass 3D$14,382-8%1830$79$116,607,9437Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$12,190-7%2790$44$84,144,0746Paramount
11Inception$10,4064%144-20$72$292,306,27820Warner Bros.
12Saw 3D$9,329-7%145-661$64$45,699,3905Lionsgate
13Life As We Know It$9,224-11%249-52$37$52,008,4658Warner Bros.
14Alpha and Omega$7,219-7%2280$32$25,100,04111Lionsgate
15Hereafter$6,280-18%202-111$31$32,380,9587Warner Bros.
16Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,032-12%1300$31$54,593,03210Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$30,3966%570$533$18,805,25137Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The King's Speech$29,421-5%4--$7,355$450,3031Weinstein Company
3Guzaarish$9,488-33%96-12$99$924,7112UTV
4Waiting for 'Superman'$6,92350%690$100$6,275,72110Paramount Vantage
5Conviction$5,343-21%86-2$62$6,590,6977Fox Searchlight
6Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$3,858-5%90-34$43$52,412,24810Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$2,776-8%130$214$24,949,03194Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Nutcracker in 3D$2,5440%450$57$95,6921Freestyle Releasing
9Nowhere Boy$1,522-45%40-20$38$1,427,6938Weinstein Company
10Stone$1,447-29%230$63$1,746,9668Relativity / Overture
11Wild Target$767-16%6-1$128$79,1315Freestyle
12Let Me In$5812%310$19$12,131,1239Relativity / Overture
13Catfish$540-33%90$60$3,236,39811Universal / Rogue
14Jack Goes Boating$527-41%90$59$530,73111Relativity / Overture
15The Tillman Story$378-13%132$29$793,92715Weinstein Company
16Cool It$1550%1--$155$58,3343Roadside Attractions
17Winter's Bone$102-15%2--$51$6,226,69825Roadside Attractions