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 Mon, Jan. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$1,542,171-63%3,018--$511$21,195,0921Paramount
2The Green Hornet$1,093,442-73%3,5840$305$64,112,2502Sony / Columbia
3The King's Speech$635,465-64%1,680137$378$57,949,3469Weinstein Company
4The Dilemma$573,885-65%2,9433$195$33,320,1102Universal
5True Grit (2010)$543,758-60%3,4645$157$138,507,2775Paramount
6Black Swan$490,969-63%2,40779$204$83,741,3448Fox Searchlight
7The Fighter$320,186-58%2,275-139$141$73,000,9267Paramount
8TRON: Legacy$253,766-71%2,018-421$126$163,460,3776Disney
9Little Fockers$253,215-70%2,979-415$85$141,364,9205Universal
10Yogi Bear$201,003-82%2,510-192$80$88,850,6016Warner Bros.
11Season of the Witch$187,659-66%2,307-520$81$22,376,9903Relativity Media
12Tangled$183,604-79%1,860-188$99$186,540,0299Disney
13Country Strong$148,857-67%1,44117$103$16,993,9095Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$81,787-77%1,135-569$72$100,702,1537Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$66,058-78%1,100-566$60$40,087,6715Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$109,316-57%678--$161$1,328,1831Newmarket Films
2Blue Valentine (2010)$87,948-60%24212$363$4,547,9704Weinstein Company
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$70,012-68%725-216$97$291,410,78010Warner Bros.
4The Tourist$65,364-62%875-545$75$65,959,3957Sony / Columbia
5The Company Men$50,696-63%106--$478$741,6301Weinstein Company
6Megamind$35,076-77%320-21$110$146,375,79912Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Social Network$33,566-62%38563$87$95,442,03917Sony / Columbia
8Due Date$21,468-60%275-66$78$100,469,96612Warner Bros.
9Unstoppable (2010)$18,101-62%278-25$65$80,749,45311Fox
10Rabbit Hole$17,923-61%1011$177$1,285,9646Lionsgate
11The Heart Specialist$14,793-64%293-129$50$937,4302Freestyle
12Love and Other Drugs$10,536-56%146-20$72$32,167,3569Fox
13Red (2010)$9,418-55%153-53$62$90,248,34015Summit
14Faster (2010)$6,063-65%10629$57$23,087,7899CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$19,579-63%8330$236$1,326,4755Focus
2Hubble 3D$15,926-49%0-48--$20,855,08045Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$12,588-56%69-7$182$11,309,39312Fox Searchlight
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$11,717-85%78--$150$377,3141UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$7,899-58%75-20$105$1,799,4628Roadside Attractions
6Fair Game (2010)$4,071-46%72-7$57$9,380,77712Summit
7Life As We Know It$3,496-68%86-46$41$53,362,46016Warner Bros.
8No One Killed Jessica$1,140-84%28-17$41$429,8313UTV Communications
9Biutiful$1,028-69%4--$257$93,1204Roadside Attractions
10The Warrior's Way$827-58%29-48$29$5,657,6148Relativity Media
11Winter's Bone$580-30%6-1$97$6,271,67033Roadside Attractions
12Summer Wars$426-77%6-3$71$63,7195GKIDS