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 Mon, Jan. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$2,621,913-59%3,08336$850$89,292,2952Paramount
2Little Fockers$2,434,490-63%3,55418$685$105,010,6802Universal
3TRON: Legacy$2,340,031-58%3,365-86$695$133,644,8753Disney
4Black Swan$1,489,744-51%1,55387$959$49,297,5355Fox Searchlight
5The Fighter$1,296,556-56%2,53423$512$47,685,4094Paramount
6Yogi Bear$1,222,202-66%3,5150$348$66,977,5383Warner Bros.
7Tangled$1,131,939-59%2,5820$438$168,953,9256Disney
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,090,799-61%2,948-402$370$88,017,1964Fox
9Gulliver's Travels (2010)$932,689-64%3,089543$302$28,387,1952Fox
10The Tourist$809,507-56%2,7560$294$55,442,6984Sony / Columbia
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$625,496-56%1,7320$361$284,158,7117Warner Bros.
12How Do You Know$541,509-57%2,4830$218$25,582,4033Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$983,654-57%7000$1,405$23,916,0556Weinstein Company
2Megamind$87,047-52%7640$114$144,279,0659Paramount / DreamWorks
3Burlesque$71,200-51%3300$216$37,804,7616Sony / Screen Gems
4Unstoppable (2010)$61,961-51%45057$138$79,530,4478Fox
5The Social Network$60,133-55%2490$241$93,282,15914Sony / Columbia
6127 Hours$50,717-50%103-12$492$10,485,1529Fox Searchlight
7Due Date$39,657-67%4040$98$99,271,5799Warner Bros.
8Red (2010)$39,041-51%303-27$129$89,544,22812Summit
9Love and Other Drugs$35,750-49%17531$204$31,302,8386Fox
10Life As We Know It$26,609-58%2480$107$52,913,11713Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$22,655-52%1974$115$251,225,88026Universal
12Fair Game (2010)$14,045-50%109-52$129$9,132,8019Summit
13Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$13,190-49%1580$83$55,563,01315Warner Bros.
14Jackass 3D$12,860-46%1370$94$117,122,27712Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 2$8,731-55%1450$60$84,669,37911Paramount
16Faster (2010)$8,691-61%119-4$73$22,865,5616CBS Films
17Morning Glory (2010)$6,027-55%1260$48$30,766,0038Paramount
18Hereafter$4,092-63%1280$32$32,716,67812Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$38,827-45%4--$9,707$330,4341Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$35,922-15%470$764$20,185,75142Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$25,005-62%68-1$368$1,151,3075Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$22,859-56%340$672$458,0883Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$18,996-59%81$2,375$451,8322Focus
6Under the Sea 3D$9,465-26%120$789$25,282,93199Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Biutiful$8,787-51%2--$4,394$73,4591Roadside Attractions
8The Next Three Days$5,603-48%81-30$69$21,134,9517Lionsgate
9Country Strong$5,377-59%20$2,689$125,1192Sony / Screen Gems
10The Town$3,405-50%620$55$92,176,64016Warner Bros.
11Inception$2,541-30%280$91$292,571,39225Warner Bros.
12Winter's Bone$2,481232%2-3$1,241$6,247,98930Roadside Attractions
13The Warrior's Way$2,090-41%384$55$5,571,3915Relativity Media
14Summer Wars$1,522-50%2--$761$17,1442GKIDS
15For Colored Girls$1,385-57%28-11$49$37,678,1599Lionsgate
16The Tempest$966-72%6-8$161$232,5994Disney