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, Jan. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$1,940,218-10%3,0830$629$93,398,0602Paramount
2Little Fockers$1,634,840-19%3,5540$460$108,653,5302Universal
3TRON: Legacy$1,383,504-21%3,365-86$411$136,784,3683Disney
4Black Swan$1,224,323-8%1,55353$788$51,852,1815Fox Searchlight
5The Fighter$992,095-15%2,53423$392$49,841,9484Paramount
6The Tourist$598,164-19%2,7560$217$56,782,3194Sony / Columbia
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$564,125-29%2,948-6$191$89,372,7974Fox
8Yogi Bear$542,358-32%3,5150$154$68,314,3713Warner Bros.
9Tangled$513,820-28%2,5820$199$170,182,0896Disney
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$433,606-31%3,08996$140$29,445,9772Fox
11How Do You Know$423,799-19%2,4830$171$26,532,4763Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$361,183-19%1,7320$209$284,967,8967Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$835,609-3%7000$1,194$25,613,8656Weinstein Company
2Burlesque$56,857-13%3300$172$37,927,1316Sony / Screen Gems
3The Social Network$47,506-2%2490$191$93,377,96814Sony / Columbia
4Unstoppable (2010)$47,186-12%45057$105$79,631,0728Fox
5Due Date$40,916-3%4040$101$99,354,6769Warner Bros.
6127 Hours$38,952-10%103-12$378$10,567,3209Fox Searchlight
7Megamind$37,161-24%7640$49$144,365,2629Paramount / DreamWorks
8Red (2010)$30,442-16%303-27$100$89,611,06412Summit
9Love and Other Drugs$28,076-17%17531$160$31,364,5686Fox
10Life As We Know It$22,086-11%2480$89$52,960,01813Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$12,805-24%1974$65$251,255,43026Universal
12Fair Game (2010)$10,908-17%109-52$100$9,156,7869Summit
13Jackass 3D$9,701-2%1370$71$117,141,89012Paramount
14Faster (2010)$7,212-22%119-4$61$22,882,0056CBS Films
15Morning Glory (2010)$7,004-4%1260$56$30,780,3008Paramount
16Paranormal Activity 2$6,512-4%1450$45$84,682,66111Paramount
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$5,984-28%1580$38$55,577,30715Warner Bros.
18Hereafter$3,6662%1280$29$32,723,93912Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$37,2060%40$9,302$404,7351Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$28,0290%470$596$20,241,74942Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$21,553-9%68-1$317$1,196,5375Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$19,603-11%340$577$499,6093Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$17,20010%80$2,150$484,6452Focus
6Under the Sea 3D$5,235-27%120$436$25,295,29099Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Next Three Days$4,378-8%81-30$54$21,144,0957Lionsgate
8Country Strong$3,736-13%20$1,868$133,1682Sony / Screen Gems
9The Town$2,895-20%620$47$92,183,16516Warner Bros.
10Inception$1,80438%280$64$292,574,50125Warner Bros.
11The Tempest$1,70421%6-6$284$235,7134Disney
12The Warrior's Way$1,279-8%384$34$5,574,0655Relativity Media
13For Colored Girls$952-14%28-11$34$37,680,2179Lionsgate
14Winter's Bone$767108%2-3$384$6,249,12530Roadside Attractions
15Summer Wars$302-81%20$151$19,0032GKIDS