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, Feb. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$1,018,9184%3,0224$337$43,387,8712Paramount
2The King's Speech$943,22811%2,557877$369$75,815,19110Weinstein Company
3The Mechanic$762,6020%2,703--$282$14,710,2661CBS Films
4The Rite$752,158-3%2,985--$252$18,112,2231Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Green Hornet$647,568-4%3,524-60$184$81,122,3933Sony / Columbia
6True Grit (2010)$525,9116%3,120-344$169$150,262,4026Paramount
7Black Swan$458,3917%2,315-92$198$92,487,8579Fox Searchlight
8The Dilemma$377,5500%2,905-38$130$42,291,4703Universal
9The Fighter$328,030-1%1,914-361$171$79,562,5658Paramount
10TRON: Legacy$179,3712%1,505-513$119$167,394,2477Disney
11Tangled$172,907-7%1,589-271$109$190,222,67510Disney
12Yogi Bear$168,025-3%2,133-377$79$93,117,9477Warner Bros.
13Little Fockers$153,4250%2,051-928$75$145,302,3056Universal
14Country Strong$108,41511%1,287-154$84$19,200,1356Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$63,539-2%1,110-1197$57$23,957,9294Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$201,5871%916847$220$14,330,44913Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$111,6109%415173$269$6,482,4055Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$64,47826%256--$252$1,348,5711Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$59,6593%732-403$82$102,030,9958Fox
5The Way Back$55,9302%595-83$94$2,390,8732Newmarket Films
6The Company Men$54,0273%211105$256$1,749,9662Weinstein Company
7Gulliver's Travels (2010)$51,3217%653-447$79$41,138,1146Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$44,1259%465-260$95$292,387,83611Warner Bros.
9Megamind$33,43610%300-20$111$147,079,10413Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Social Network$33,318-2%367-18$91$96,153,34418Sony / Columbia
11Rabbit Hole$19,79028%12423$160$1,601,0187Lionsgate
12Unstoppable (2010)$16,99316%250-28$68$81,073,30412Fox
13Love and Other Drugs$8,300-6%117-29$71$32,303,46110Fox
14Red (2010)$6,74814%119-34$57$90,380,16216Summit
15Faster (2010)$5,5394%1148$49$23,192,26210CBS Films
16The Heart Specialist$4,43915%119-174$37$1,077,9703Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$41,7092%6258$673$784,4955Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$20,37431%43--$474$21,110,62946Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$12,2926%60-23$205$1,544,1536Focus
4I Love You Phillip Morris$4,92317%48-27$103$1,899,0669Roadside Attractions
5Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$4,3055%76-2$57$538,1732UTV Communications
6Winter's Bone$2,452-2%2719$91$6,318,79234Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$2,384-8%40-32$60$9,421,29813Summit
8The Warrior's Way$8270%290$29$5,657,6149Relativity Media
9Summer Wars$63937%3-3$213$74,1396GKIDS
10No One Killed Jessica$77-68%8-20$10$440,5254UTV Communications