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 Thu, Dec. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,569,66410%3,555--$442$30,363,5751Fox
2The Tourist$1,271,108-3%2,756--$461$22,091,2331Sony / Columbia
3Tangled$1,006,65316%3,565-38$282$119,142,9323Disney
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$777,0037%3,577-548$217$260,701,2574Warner Bros.
5Burlesque$393,1373%2,876-161$137$34,111,9103Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$361,7110%2,240-218$161$29,089,2633Fox
7Unstoppable (2010)$338,0306%2,967-185$114$75,542,6085Fox
8Due Date$291,2034%1,990-460$146$96,064,9226Warner Bros.
9Megamind$188,55510%2,425-748$78$140,950,9626Paramount / DreamWorks
10Faster (2010)$178,4891%2,106-364$85$22,066,5483CBS Films
11The Next Three Days$113,8702%1,426-810$80$20,763,0504Lionsgate
12The Warrior's Way$108,790-6%1,6220$67$5,419,8172Relativity Media
13Morning Glory (2010)$62,6346%1,004-1259$62$30,451,3385Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$127,006-2%416-17$305$8,765,5276Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$54,2622%4360$124$8,430,4156Summit
3Red (2010)$51,2112%564-215$91$88,093,4219Summit
4The Social Network$47,93311%227-33$211$91,558,90111Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$19,1258%255-25$75$250,322,31523Universal
6The Town$18,6416%255-63$73$92,017,26613Warner Bros.
7Skyline$15,2951%277-301$55$21,315,4605Universal / Rogue
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$14,31217%288-34$50$55,087,50212Warner Bros.
9For Colored Girls$13,7932%243-242$57$37,588,7236Lionsgate
10Life As We Know It$7,66525%120-88$64$52,235,47410Warner Bros.
11Inception$6,44014%108-9$60$292,485,54422Warner Bros.
12Jackass 3D$5,952-13%108-72$55$116,857,7369Paramount
13Paranormal Activity 2$4,878-4%125-75$39$84,354,4408Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$445,010-7%9072$4,945$7,408,2742Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$84,0852%1913$4,426$1,839,8283Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$31,791-6%4--$7,948$433,9351Paramount
4Hubble 3D$25,506-4%570$447$19,250,55739Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$17,77941%150$1,185$382,5976Warner Bros.
6I Love You Phillip Morris$17,5410%3528$501$374,5112Roadside Attractions
7Waiting for 'Superman'$9,37496%55-30$170$6,402,17412Paramount Vantage
8Under the Sea 3D$6,39437%11-2$581$25,056,16896Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Tempest$6,21727%6--$1,036$63,3901Disney
10Conviction$5,142-23%75-32$69$6,756,0959Fox Searchlight
11Hereafter$3,723-9%87-27$43$32,505,7639Warner Bros.
12The Nutcracker in 3D$1,856144%37-78$50$195,4593Freestyle Releasing
13Hemingway's Garden of Eden$1,665-15%14--$119$19,5481Roadside Attractions
14Stone$1,111-16%19-3$58$1,782,08710Relativity / Overture
15Frankie & Alice (2010)$99813%1--$998$10,6711Freestyle Releasing
16Wild Target$812-1%9-4$90$108,5897Freestyle
17Jack Goes Boating$743-1%4233$18$541,99213Relativity / Overture
18Winter's Bone$518118%31$173$6,233,82927Roadside Attractions
19Cool It$96-18%10-5$10$62,4205Roadside Attractions