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. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$2,200,242-66%3,584--$614$42,212,7851Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$1,205,555-55%2,940--$410$21,726,5851Universal
3The King's Speech$935,192-55%1,543785$606$47,730,2178Weinstein Company
4Black Swan$863,100-52%2,328744$371$75,883,2207Fox Searchlight
5True Grit (2010)$838,242-61%3,459335$242$129,177,5964Paramount
6The Fighter$544,080-58%2,414-114$225$67,570,8416Paramount
7Little Fockers$441,220-67%3,394-281$130$136,062,7404Universal
8TRON: Legacy$407,072-74%2,439-574$167$158,904,6225Disney
9Season of the Witch$368,901-54%2,82711$130$19,282,6832Relativity Media
10Country Strong$283,657-59%1,4240$199$14,270,0404Sony / Screen Gems
11Yogi Bear$271,484-87%2,702-586$100$84,468,9005Warner Bros.
12Tangled$244,075-85%2,048-335$119$182,910,7708Disney
13The Tourist$163,393-46%1,420-1022$115$64,726,0486Sony / Columbia
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$153,718-81%1,704-1110$90$99,017,6406Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$120,006-87%1,666-1298$72$38,710,7294Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$152,062-52%230190$661$3,312,1953Weinstein Company
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$104,116-70%941-566$111$290,257,4619Warner Bros.
3The Social Network$49,483-61%322-281$154$94,878,00116Sony / Columbia
4Megamind$44,029-82%341-34$129$145,704,76911Paramount / DreamWorks
5Due Date$30,402-49%34197$89$100,154,28911Warner Bros.
6How Do You Know$29,931-57%615-1287$49$30,040,2635Sony / Columbia
7Rabbit Hole$27,747-48%10066$277$1,039,7145Lionsgate
8The Heart Specialist$24,502-77%422--$58$606,0181Freestyle
9Unstoppable (2010)$21,934-58%303-95$72$80,466,22310Fox
10Love and Other Drugs$20,804-28%166-46$125$32,019,9588Fox
11Red (2010)$13,176-60%206-55$64$90,111,53114Summit
12Morning Glory (2010)$6,534-42%127-51$51$31,000,07810Paramount
13Life As We Know It$6,278-63%132-56$48$53,296,60515Warner Bros.
14Despicable Me$4,110-83%137-41$30$251,505,75528Universal
15For Colored Girls$2,746-61%11190$25$37,724,69511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$26,230-48%5336$495$1,059,5204Focus
2Hubble 3D$22,309-51%48--$465$20,675,80444Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$18,853-43%76-12$248$11,142,97211Fox Searchlight
4I Love You Phillip Morris$12,864-52%95-5$135$1,700,2847Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$5,399-58%45-3$120$390,5392UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$4,750-28%79-24$60$9,332,18611Summit
7Faster (2010)$4,198-43%77-2$55$23,012,7978CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$2,554-47%7745$33$5,644,0077Relativity Media
9Jackass 3D$2,197-3%22-48$100$117,226,46814Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$1,120-48%40-50$28$84,751,00413Paramount
11Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$737-86%41-54$18$55,674,07017Warner Bros.
12Summer Wars$625-44%9-5$69$55,3804GKIDS
13Winter's Bone$544-73%60$91$6,265,78132Roadside Attractions
14Tees Maar Khan$41-29%4-34$10$1,076,3654UTV Communications