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. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$7,142,775--3,536--$2,020$7,142,7750Universal
2TRON: Legacy$5,630,623-11%3,451--$1,632$62,082,8251Disney
3True Grit (2010)$5,539,010--3,047--$1,818$5,539,0100Paramount
4Yogi Bear$2,907,171-1%3,515--$827$24,695,3121Warner Bros.
5The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,516,171-5%3,532-23$712$50,153,5712Fox
6Tangled$2,255,536-8%2,582-983$874$134,624,9114Disney
7Black Swan$1,763,49511%1,4561366$1,211$20,645,6723Fox Searchlight
8The Fighter$1,396,450-27%2,5032499$558$17,488,7072Paramount
9The Tourist$1,011,771-31%2,7560$367$34,313,2722Sony / Columbia
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$903,132-20%1,840-1737$491$268,711,9165Warner Bros.
11How Do You Know$856,190-28%2,483--$345$10,600,1861Sony / Columbia
12Megamind$139,439-34%1,025-1400$136$142,164,9867Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Burlesque$115,957-66%501-2375$231$36,287,7554Sony / Screen Gems
2Tees Maar Khan$89,477--108--$828$89,4770UTV Communications
3Unstoppable (2010)$88,389-73%578-2389$153$78,078,1156Fox
4Due Date$63,043-75%424-1566$149$97,867,1047Warner Bros.
5Red (2010)$61,498-15%439-125$140$88,623,08810Summit
6127 Hours$58,475-51%170-246$344$9,608,7397Fox Searchlight
7Love and Other Drugs$57,960-74%244-1996$238$30,686,6254Fox
8The Social Network$51,561-4%25831$200$91,995,53012Sony / Columbia
9Despicable Me$50,095-7%233-22$215$250,638,10024Universal
10Fair Game (2010)$26,239-27%268-168$98$8,742,9657Summit
11Life As We Know It$25,855210%248128$104$52,317,51211Warner Bros.
12Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$23,372-29%180-108$130$55,275,73313Warner Bros.
13Faster (2010)$16,057-77%167-1939$96$22,650,5864CBS Films
14Morning Glory (2010)$14,431-38%263-741$55$30,624,2316Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 2$13,405-25%17449$77$84,484,8829Paramount
16Jackass 3D$12,754178%13729$93$116,896,92210Paramount
17The Next Three Days$8,726-75%361-1065$24$21,020,0745Lionsgate
18Hereafter$7,572-47%15366$49$32,610,41510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$263,66447%8768$3,031$3,544,7584Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$48,05526%47-10$1,022$19,479,03140Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$25,26117%172$1,486$542,2557Warner Bros.
4I Love You Phillip Morris$17,434-32%5015$349$586,8253Roadside Attractions
5Under the Sea 3D$12,60128%121$1,050$25,115,63197Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Tempest$8,331-36%138$641$152,7732Disney
7Country Strong$7,395--2--$3,698$7,3950Sony / Screen Gems
8The Town$5,504-52%87-168$63$92,101,49114Warner Bros.
9Rabbit Hole$5,353-26%5--$1,071$74,8481Lionsgate
10For Colored Girls$3,114-50%79-164$39$37,640,4607Lionsgate
11The Warrior's Way$2,985-83%34-1588$88$5,539,7503Relativity Media
12Inception$2,540-53%40-68$64$292,525,04123Warner Bros.
13Waiting for 'Superman'$1,114-51%33-22$34$6,415,44813Paramount Vantage
14Stone$595-80%267$23$1,801,95411Relativity / Overture
15Winter's Bone$296-54%41$74$6,239,09028Roadside Attractions