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 Tue, Jan. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$1,389,12625%3,12441$445$112,534,4473Paramount
2Black Swan$954,76518%1,58431$603$62,984,8866Fox Searchlight
3Little Fockers$918,55516%3,675121$250$125,396,4403Universal
4Season of the Witch$816,9348%2,816--$290$12,183,5581Relativity Media
5TRON: Legacy$813,71017%3,013-352$270$149,718,9544Disney
6The Fighter$766,81629%2,528-6$303$59,208,7455Paramount
7Country Strong$569,93717%1,4241422$400$8,519,7623Sony / Screen Gems
8The Tourist$393,87532%2,442-314$161$61,849,2685Sony / Columbia
9Yogi Bear$331,27520%3,288-227$101$76,043,4874Warner Bros.
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$325,97519%2,814-134$116$95,132,3855Fox
11Tangled$319,08516%2,383-199$134$176,374,3277Disney
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$277,29717%2,964-125$94$34,961,9263Fox
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$188,43410%1,507-225$125$288,021,5478Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$180,95422%1,902-581$95$29,163,1994Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$651,65019%75858$860$34,093,8077Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$73,71135%603354$122$94,205,75915Sony / Columbia
3Love and Other Drugs$34,3267%21237$162$31,749,4357Fox
4Unstoppable (2010)$29,43015%398-52$74$80,078,2859Fox
5I Love You Phillip Morris$25,12226%10032$251$1,480,5706Roadside Attractions
6Due Date$23,3196%244-160$96$99,697,85010Warner Bros.
7Megamind$21,75429%375-389$58$144,713,03810Paramount / DreamWorks
8Red (2010)$21,02822%261-42$81$89,881,22013Summit
9Life As We Know It$13,31631%188-60$71$53,157,20814Warner Bros.
10Morning Glory (2010)$10,85026%17852$61$30,903,4479Paramount
11Fair Game (2010)$8,43915%103-6$82$9,257,70010Summit
12Despicable Me$8,01050%178-19$45$251,397,97027Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$82,65610%4036$2,066$1,302,0462Weinstein Company
2127 Hours$24,71113%88-15$281$10,871,27010Fox Searchlight
3Somewhere (2010)$18,07116%179$1,063$697,6953Focus
4Hubble 3D$15,5711%0-47--$20,419,50543Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Rabbit Hole$15,15847%340$446$653,4734Lionsgate
6No One Killed Jessica$13,90641%48--$290$251,2561UTV Communications
7Faster (2010)$5,31318%79-40$67$22,951,0377CBS Films
8Jackass 3D$5,04415%70-67$72$117,199,71213Paramount
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,20112%95-63$44$55,646,86916Warner Bros.
10Summer Wars$3,28437%1412$235$41,6343GKIDS
11Paranormal Activity 2$2,5513%90-55$28$84,728,19512Paramount
12The Warrior's Way$2,073-2%32-6$65$5,609,1196Relativity Media
13Hereafter$1,50150%33-95$45$32,744,09813Warner Bros.
14Tees Maar Khan$1,26983%38--$33$1,074,6503UTV Communications
15Winter's Bone$523-12%64$87$6,255,50131Roadside Attractions
16For Colored Girls$234-3%21-7$11$37,686,74910Lionsgate