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 Thu, Jan. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$1,373,8325%3,12441$440$115,211,8953Paramount
2Black Swan$960,3734%1,58431$606$64,868,3586Fox Searchlight
3Little Fockers$845,2500%3,675121$230$127,086,0253Universal
4TRON: Legacy$762,7901%3,013-352$253$151,238,5964Disney
5The Fighter$723,5362%2,528-6$286$60,644,6645Paramount
6Season of the Witch$654,904-1%2,816--$233$13,497,7391Relativity Media
7Country Strong$542,1720%1,4241422$381$9,605,1343Sony / Screen Gems
8The Tourist$368,2912%2,442-314$151$62,578,9465Sony / Columbia
9Yogi Bear$352,132-1%3,288-227$107$76,750,0724Warner Bros.
10Tangled$330,1792%2,383-199$139$177,028,0397Disney
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$318,1029%2,814-134$113$95,742,7365Fox
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$276,221-5%2,964-125$93$35,528,4233Fox
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$198,4008%1,507-225$132$288,404,2688Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$190,1422%1,902-581$100$29,540,6394Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$751,32811%75858$991$35,523,8597Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$69,0753%603354$115$94,342,09215Sony / Columbia
3Unstoppable (2010)$37,65714%398-52$95$80,148,8479Fox
4Love and Other Drugs$32,315-4%21237$152$31,815,4337Fox
5I Love You Phillip Morris$24,3145%10032$243$1,528,0226Roadside Attractions
6Red (2010)$24,13221%261-42$92$89,925,32413Summit
7Due Date$23,1012%244-160$95$99,743,57010Warner Bros.
8Megamind$20,837-2%375-389$56$144,755,08510Paramount / DreamWorks
9Life As We Know It$14,61612%188-60$78$53,184,87414Warner Bros.
10Morning Glory (2010)$13,28721%17852$75$30,927,7519Paramount
11Fair Game (2010)$9,73317%103-6$94$9,275,75310Summit
12Despicable Me$8,88525%178-19$50$251,413,97527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$78,3610%4036$1,959$1,458,3832Weinstein Company
2127 Hours$29,83411%88-15$339$10,928,07110Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$26,63117%0-47--$20,468,92443Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Somewhere (2010)$17,0300%179$1,002$731,8173Focus
5Rabbit Hole$13,942-3%340$410$681,8154Lionsgate
6No One Killed Jessica$8,956-30%48--$187$273,0881UTV Communications
7Jackass 3D$4,75914%70-67$68$117,208,64513Paramount
8Faster (2010)$4,6766%79-40$59$22,960,1457CBS Films
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,15415%95-63$44$55,654,63616Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 2$2,965-2%90-55$33$84,734,18512Paramount
11Summer Wars$2,86243%1412$204$46,4953GKIDS
12The Warrior's Way$1,9189%32-6$60$5,612,8026Relativity Media
13Hereafter$1,55721%33-95$47$32,746,94113Warner Bros.
14Tees Maar Khan$504-38%38--$13$1,075,9733UTV Communications
15For Colored Girls$50042%21-7$24$37,687,60210Lionsgate
16Winter's Bone$457-57%64$76$6,257,02631Roadside Attractions