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. 29 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$7,712,225-1%3,55418$2,170$68,990,9051Universal
2True Grit (2010)$6,276,6452%3,08336$2,036$55,617,8661Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$6,111,457-4%3,4510$1,771$106,167,0482Disney
4Yogi Bear$4,580,9191%3,5150$1,303$48,667,8072Warner Bros.
5Tangled$3,718,7173%2,5820$1,440$154,278,5475Disney
6The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$3,377,655-9%2,954-578$1,143$73,166,2973Fox
7Gulliver's Travels (2010)$3,123,2707%2,993--$1,044$15,053,7941Fox
8Black Swan$2,587,3274%1,50044$1,725$36,220,0934Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$2,431,0129%2,5118$968$33,753,2783Paramount
10The Tourist$1,747,050-1%2,7560$634$46,173,2263Sony / Columbia
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,487,6987%1,732-108$859$277,314,3016Warner Bros.
12How Do You Know$1,356,133-1%2,4830$546$19,092,6682Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$1,739,94711%700613$2,486$13,347,0435Weinstein Company
2Megamind$234,1443%764-261$306$143,330,0808Paramount / DreamWorks
3Burlesque$137,5431%330-171$417$37,145,2895Sony / Screen Gems
4Due Date$113,650-7%404-20$281$98,685,0618Warner Bros.
5Unstoppable (2010)$109,0476%393-185$277$78,820,2867Fox
6The Social Network$108,15615%249-9$434$92,641,22813Sony / Columbia
7Red (2010)$77,791-3%330-109$236$89,125,49611Summit
8127 Hours$69,319-2%115-55$603$10,074,9668Fox Searchlight
9Despicable Me$63,5950%193-40$330$250,966,22025Universal
10Life As We Know It$56,4820%2480$228$52,622,66912Warner Bros.
11Love and Other Drugs$49,311-1%144-100$342$31,007,8155Fox
12Tees Maar Khan$36,654-45%1080$339$892,3751UTV Communications
13Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$30,430-6%158-22$193$55,431,52814Warner Bros.
14Fair Game (2010)$29,793-11%161-107$185$8,990,3508Summit
15Jackass 3D$20,363-1%1370$149$117,023,26211Paramount
16Paranormal Activity 2$16,5707%145-29$114$84,586,05210Paramount
17Faster (2010)$13,936-13%123-44$113$22,772,6055CBS Films
18Morning Glory (2010)$12,268-4%126-137$97$30,700,1387Paramount
19The Next Three Days$10,3686%111-250$93$21,081,6056Lionsgate
20Hereafter$8,9448%128-25$70$32,666,49511Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$105,8388%470$2,252$19,921,05841Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$47,887--4--$11,972$47,8870Weinstein Company
3I Love You Phillip Morris$42,5077%6919$616$884,8644Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$32,3782%3429$952$259,5282Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$31,7508%8--$3,969$261,7521Focus
6Under the Sea 3D$28,9114%120$2,409$25,217,31098Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Biutiful$9,629--2--$4,815$9,6290Roadside Attractions
8Country Strong$9,2566%20$4,628$69,9871Sony / Screen Gems
9The Town$6,5478%62-25$106$92,142,46615Warner Bros.
10The Tempest$5,913-38%12-1$493$212,5953Disney
11For Colored Girls$3,674-3%39-40$94$37,661,8538Lionsgate
12Inception$3,582-2%28-12$128$292,548,31624Warner Bros.
13Summer Wars$2,335--2--$1,168$4,5331GKIDS
14The Warrior's Way$1,4836%340$44$5,554,2604Relativity Media
15Winter's Bone$62280%51$124$6,242,91229Roadside Attractions