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 Fri, Jan. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$4,427,147118%3,12441$1,417$99,857,1693Paramount
2Little Fockers$4,226,245173%3,675121$1,150$114,426,7603Universal
3Season of the Witch$3,762,152--2,816--$1,336$3,762,1521Relativity Media
4TRON: Legacy$2,691,984101%3,013-352$893$140,814,4024Disney
5Country Strong$2,576,78862428%1,4241422$1,810$2,714,0773Sony / Screen Gems
6Black Swan$2,436,07094%1,58431$1,538$55,541,5636Fox Searchlight
7The Fighter$2,153,219115%2,528-6$852$52,997,6615Paramount
8Yogi Bear$1,299,161170%3,288-227$395$70,094,6824Warner Bros.
9The Tourist$1,189,72195%2,442-314$487$58,581,0915Sony / Columbia
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,177,526111%2,814-134$418$91,108,3195Fox
11Tangled$1,168,434140%2,383-199$490$171,836,8327Disney
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,106,958168%2,964-125$373$30,966,5483Fox
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$643,00889%1,507-225$427$285,951,3808Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$620,73046%1,902-581$326$27,577,5184Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$1,763,256103%75858$2,326$28,245,5147Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$186,413303%603354$309$93,610,67415Sony / Columbia
3Unstoppable (2010)$106,809116%398-52$268$79,787,2729Fox
4Love and Other Drugs$91,234219%21237$430$31,484,3787Fox
5Due Date$85,460101%244-160$350$99,482,68810Warner Bros.
6Burlesque$77,44937%228-102$340$38,061,0477Sony / Screen Gems
7Red (2010)$62,71597%261-42$240$89,705,66013Summit
8I Love You Phillip Morris$59,818176%10032$598$1,278,0226Roadside Attractions
9Megamind$56,36965%375-389$150$144,455,88110Paramount / DreamWorks
10Life As We Know It$46,575117%188-60$248$53,028,01714Warner Bros.
11Morning Glory (2010)$31,280308%17852$176$30,819,2439Paramount
12Despicable Me$26,685146%178-19$150$251,292,95027Universal
13Fair Game (2010)$20,13164%103-6$195$9,189,19610Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$204,417476%4036$5,110$644,6622Weinstein Company
2No One Killed Jessica$66,352--48--$1,382$66,3521UTV Communications
3127 Hours$63,71758%88-15$724$10,671,35210Fox Searchlight
4Somewhere (2010)$42,726167%179$2,513$543,3973Focus
5Hubble 3D$31,60716%481$658$20,300,68243Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Rabbit Hole$28,12353%340$827$546,1604Lionsgate
7Faster (2010)$15,165100%79-40$192$22,904,7667CBS Films
8Jackass 3D$11,61624%70-67$166$117,162,88613Paramount
9The Warrior's Way$11,318799%32-6$354$5,586,6426Relativity Media
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$10,913115%95-63$115$55,593,30716Warner Bros.
11Paranormal Activity 2$10,34563%90-55$115$84,699,36912Paramount
12Summer Wars$4,700877%1412$336$24,1843GKIDS
13Hereafter$3,792-22%33-95$115$32,732,60913Warner Bros.
14Tees Maar Khan$3,700--38-66$97$1,062,0313UTV Communications
15For Colored Girls$1,40450%21-7$67$37,682,55610Lionsgate
16Winter's Bone$1,124126%64$187$6,250,74731Roadside Attractions