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 Tue, Dec. 28 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$7,779,200-8%3,536--$2,200$61,278,6801Universal
2TRON: Legacy$6,348,4470%3,4510$1,840$100,055,5912Disney
3True Grit (2010)$6,154,799-14%3,047--$2,020$49,341,2211Paramount
4Yogi Bear$4,540,05725%3,5150$1,292$44,086,8882Warner Bros.
5The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$3,706,4726%3,350-205$1,106$69,788,6423Fox
6Tangled$3,626,07412%2,582-619$1,404$150,559,8305Disney
7Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,932,2509%2,546--$1,152$11,930,5241Fox
8Black Swan$2,492,6502%1,466507$1,700$33,632,7664Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$2,229,167-8%2,5118$888$31,322,2663Paramount
10The Tourist$1,768,856-2%2,7560$642$44,426,1763Sony / Columbia
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,394,297-3%1,732-1128$805$275,826,6036Warner Bros.
12How Do You Know$1,372,4121%2,4830$553$17,736,5352Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$1,570,708-8%700657$2,244$11,607,0965Weinstein Company
2Megamind$228,01326%764-261$298$143,095,9368Paramount / DreamWorks
3Burlesque$136,2682%330-1180$413$37,007,7465Sony / Screen Gems
4Due Date$122,205-5%404-753$302$98,571,4118Warner Bros.
5Unstoppable (2010)$102,7646%393-1481$261$78,711,2397Fox
6The Social Network$94,282-6%24921$379$92,533,07213Sony / Columbia
7Red (2010)$80,0715%330-109$243$89,047,70511Summit
8127 Hours$70,902-2%115-192$617$10,005,6478Fox Searchlight
9Tees Maar Khan$66,11936%108--$612$855,7211UTV Communications
10Despicable Me$63,69035%193-40$330$250,902,62525Universal
11Life As We Know It$56,5299%248173$228$52,566,18712Warner Bros.
12Love and Other Drugs$49,91110%144-949$347$30,958,5045Fox
13Fair Game (2010)$33,4137%161-107$208$8,960,5578Summit
14Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$32,37140%158-52$205$55,401,09814Warner Bros.
15Jackass 3D$20,5141%13787$150$117,002,89911Paramount
16Faster (2010)$16,0561%123-537$131$22,758,6695CBS Films
17Paranormal Activity 2$15,537-4%145-29$107$84,569,48210Paramount
18Morning Glory (2010)$12,8047%126-137$102$30,687,8707Paramount
19The Next Three Days$9,7596%111-250$88$21,071,2376Lionsgate
20Hereafter$8,30212%128-104$65$32,657,55111Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$97,6572%47-9$2,078$19,815,22041Warner Bros. / IMAX
2I Love You Phillip Morris$39,622-2%6919$574$842,3574Roadside Attractions
3Rabbit Hole$31,86612%3429$937$227,1502Lionsgate
4Somewhere (2010)$29,3226%7--$4,189$230,0021Focus
5Under the Sea 3D$27,73933%121$2,312$25,188,39998Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Tempest$9,56017%14-7$683$206,6823Disney
7Country Strong$8,7408%2--$4,370$60,7311Sony / Screen Gems
8The Town$6,050-2%62-82$98$92,135,91915Warner Bros.
9For Colored Girls$3,7959%39-40$97$37,658,1798Lionsgate
10Inception$3,6486%28-34$130$292,544,73424Warner Bros.
11The Warrior's Way$1,399-15%34-183$41$5,552,7774Relativity Media
12Winter's Bone$3454%51$69$6,242,29029Roadside Attractions