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, Dec. 13 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,638,099-73%3,555--$461$25,643,1681Fox
2The Tourist$1,362,842-64%2,756--$495$17,835,3001Sony / Columbia
3Tangled$872,078-79%3,565-38$245$116,267,6383Disney
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$721,128-69%3,577-548$202$258,393,8494Warner Bros.
5Burlesque$345,523-57%2,876-161$120$32,886,3033Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$316,829-56%2,240-218$141$27,946,7653Fox
7Unstoppable (2010)$302,327-63%2,967-185$102$74,530,2355Fox
8Due Date$272,434-56%1,990-460$137$95,192,0846Warner Bros.
9Megamind$178,095-77%2,425-748$73$140,397,0576Paramount / DreamWorks
10Faster (2010)$171,605-62%2,106-364$81$21,508,5663CBS Films
11The Warrior's Way$117,079-59%1,6220$72$5,069,4262Relativity Media
12The Next Three Days$103,524-57%1,426-810$73$20,404,5034Lionsgate
13Morning Glory (2010)$56,846-51%1,004-1259$57$30,257,6775Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$116,473-58%416-17$280$8,367,3296Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$51,443-62%4360$118$8,258,7406Summit
3Red (2010)$43,473-58%564-215$77$87,940,1989Summit
4The Social Network$30,914-58%227-33$136$91,427,33411Sony / Columbia
5The Town$15,850-53%255-63$62$91,962,86613Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$15,285-73%255-25$60$250,267,57023Universal
7Skyline$15,235-63%277-301$55$21,268,4155Universal / Rogue
8For Colored Girls$14,290-57%243-242$59$37,547,7116Lionsgate
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$13,324-72%288-34$46$55,046,03012Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 2$5,773-50%125-75$46$84,339,8328Paramount
11Life As We Know It$5,599-60%120-88$47$52,215,48310Warner Bros.
12Jackass 3D$5,566-52%108-72$52$116,837,8389Paramount
13Inception$5,219-55%108-9$48$292,467,45222Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$425,076-58%9072$4,723$6,009,6182Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$64,477-65%1913$3,394$1,588,6003Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$30,276-62%4--$7,569$330,2861Paramount
4Hubble 3D$20,695-14%570$363$19,172,73539Warner Bros. / IMAX
5I Love You Phillip Morris$16,923-64%3528$484$321,3092Roadside Attractions
6Waiting for 'Superman'$7,686-3%55-30$140$6,379,56612Paramount Vantage
7The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$7,006-73%150$467$340,3106Warner Bros.
8The Tempest$4,823-58%5--$965$47,2591Disney
9Under the Sea 3D$4,556-22%11-2$414$25,039,49596Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Conviction$4,263-48%75-32$57$6,738,3129Fox Searchlight
11Hereafter$3,196-63%87-27$37$32,493,9039Warner Bros.
12Hemingway's Garden of Eden$1,863-50%14--$133$14,2671Roadside Attractions
13The Nutcracker in 3D$1,176-71%37-78$32$191,7383Freestyle Releasing
14Stone$958-60%19-3$50$1,778,23310Relativity / Overture
15Wild Target$790-63%10-3$79$117,9807Freestyle
16Jack Goes Boating$711-49%4233$17$539,51913Relativity / Overture
17Frankie & Alice (2010)$493-73%1--$493$8,2611Freestyle Releasing
18Winter's Bone$39723%31$132$6,232,82427Roadside Attractions
19Cool It$102-63%10-5$10$62,0695Roadside Attractions