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, Feb. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$976,1267%3,0224$323$41,386,8752Paramount
2The King's Speech$915,696-1%2,557877$358$74,019,65710Weinstein Company
3The Mechanic$894,5843%2,703--$331$13,182,3781CBS Films
4The Rite$855,060-9%2,985--$286$16,587,8691Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Green Hornet$683,7598%3,524-60$194$79,800,6553Sony / Columbia
6True Grit (2010)$461,005-2%3,120-344$148$149,239,4906Paramount
7Black Swan$446,3393%2,315-92$193$91,601,0329Fox Searchlight
8The Dilemma$377,65013%2,905-38$130$41,535,9103Universal
9The Fighter$323,1968%1,914-361$169$78,901,5888Paramount
10TRON: Legacy$149,308-5%1,505-513$99$167,039,2857Disney
11Tangled$138,419-7%1,589-271$87$189,863,93410Disney
12Little Fockers$134,2701%2,051-928$65$144,995,0556Universal
13Yogi Bear$126,170-11%2,133-377$59$92,776,6437Warner Bros.
14Country Strong$102,84121%1,287-154$80$18,993,8796Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$62,56811%1,110-1197$56$23,829,4854Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$219,86511%916847$240$13,929,09413Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$104,4214%415173$252$6,268,4285Weinstein Company
3The Way Back$57,71521%595-83$97$2,280,2032Newmarket Films
4From Prada to Nada$53,919-15%256--$211$1,233,0931Lionsgate / Pantelion
5The Company Men$47,432-2%211105$225$1,643,3212Weinstein Company
6The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$46,992-10%732-403$64$101,913,6848Fox
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$38,156-8%465-260$82$292,303,12111Warner Bros.
8The Social Network$34,83613%367-18$95$96,086,16118Sony / Columbia
9Gulliver's Travels (2010)$32,5521%653-447$50$41,038,7046Fox
10Megamind$25,798-8%300-20$86$147,015,37813Paramount / DreamWorks
11Rabbit Hole$15,272-7%12423$123$1,565,7097Lionsgate
12Unstoppable (2010)$14,2373%250-28$57$81,041,68112Fox
13Love and Other Drugs$8,3669%117-29$72$32,286,35110Fox
14Red (2010)$5,63312%119-34$47$90,367,52016Summit
15Faster (2010)$5,12810%1148$45$23,181,42110CBS Films
16The Heart Specialist$2,922-35%119-174$25$1,069,6613Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$40,174-4%6258$648$701,7525Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$14,367-13%43--$334$21,074,66346Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$10,6872%60-23$178$1,520,2266Focus
4I Love You Phillip Morris$4,36928%48-27$91$1,889,9519Roadside Attractions
5Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$4,2629%76-2$56$529,7682UTV Communications
6Winter's Bone$2,653-2%2719$98$6,313,83534Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$2,183-31%40-32$55$9,416,33513Summit
8The Warrior's Way$82776%290$29$5,657,6149Relativity Media
9Summer Wars$43749%3-3$146$73,0326GKIDS
10No One Killed Jessica$26073%8-20$33$440,2114UTV Communications