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 Sat, Jan. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$11,443,88048%3,55418$3,220$96,001,3052Universal
2True Grit (2010)$9,870,70121%3,08336$3,202$80,290,8242Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$8,141,13563%3,365-86$2,419$125,681,2063Disney
4Yogi Bear$4,739,55917%3,5150$1,348$62,158,1093Warner Bros.
5The Fighter$4,423,22166%2,53423$1,746$43,465,0154Paramount
6The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,062,80520%2,948-402$1,378$84,128,9024Fox
7Black Swan$3,884,035100%1,55387$2,501$44,750,3785Fox Searchlight
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$3,773,45127%3,089543$1,222$24,895,1682Fox
9Tangled$3,756,72615%2,5820$1,455$165,041,1166Disney
10The Tourist$2,835,61545%2,7560$1,029$52,802,5804Sony / Columbia
11How Do You Know$1,982,23551%2,4830$798$23,791,1263Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,871,36239%1,7320$1,080$282,101,4897Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$2,972,81318%7000$4,247$20,646,8476Weinstein Company
2Megamind$242,53017%7640$317$144,010,3229Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$238,28848%45057$530$79,343,0458Fox
4The Social Network$211,12578%2490$848$93,087,40714Sony / Columbia
5Burlesque$184,81363%3300$560$37,587,8606Sony / Screen Gems
6Due Date$178,13040%4040$441$99,113,1699Warner Bros.
7127 Hours$130,716146%103-12$1,269$10,333,9449Fox Searchlight
8Red (2010)$128,76859%303-27$425$89,425,06512Summit
9Love and Other Drugs$98,110157%17531$561$31,197,5916Fox
10Life As We Know It$96,164112%2480$388$52,823,50713Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$72,89045%1974$370$251,155,93026Universal
12Tees Maar Khan$53,17187%104-4$511$1,003,7822UTV Communications
13Fair Game (2010)$42,33762%109-52$388$9,090,7269Summit
14Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$37,47055%1580$237$55,523,88315Warner Bros.
15Faster (2010)$34,796233%119-4$292$22,834,6626CBS Films
16Jackass 3D$32,878251%1370$240$117,085,76112Paramount
17Paranormal Activity 2$29,096229%1450$201$84,641,43811Paramount
18Morning Glory (2010)$18,71930%1260$149$30,746,5338Paramount
19Hereafter$17,10989%1280$134$32,701,56412Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Love You Phillip Morris$90,848126%68-1$1,336$1,060,7595Roadside Attractions
2Blue Valentine (2010)$80,64190%4--$20,160$220,9451Weinstein Company
3Somewhere (2010)$63,526126%81$7,941$386,0602Focus
4Rabbit Hole$59,98198%340$1,764$383,4133Lionsgate
5Hubble 3D$38,406-36%470$817$20,107,77442Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Biutiful$19,985165%2--$9,993$46,9141Roadside Attractions
7Country Strong$16,99249%20$8,496$106,6282Sony / Screen Gems
8The Next Three Days$16,26759%81-30$201$21,118,5067Lionsgate
9Under the Sea 3D$13,39812%120$1,117$25,260,75099Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Town$11,360102%620$183$92,166,39716Warner Bros.
11Inception$7,02450%280$251$292,565,21225Warner Bros.
12The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$6,458-34%15--$431$667,3319Warner Bros.
13The Warrior's Way$6,35080%384$167$5,565,7455Relativity Media
14The Tempest$4,55166%6-8$759$228,2044Disney
15For Colored Girls$4,38635%28-11$157$37,673,5909Lionsgate
16Summer Wars$3,22269%21$1,611$12,6022GKIDS
17Winter's Bone$1,015242%2-3$508$6,244,76030Roadside Attractions