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 Sun, Feb. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Roommate$1,703,359-75%2,534--$672$15,002,6351Sony / Screen Gems
2Sanctum$1,491,045-66%2,787--$535$9,447,9301Universal
3The King's Speech$1,394,030-65%2,58427$539$83,527,54411Weinstein Company
4No Strings Attached$1,136,337-71%3,05028$373$51,392,7053Paramount
5The Green Hornet$1,002,428-69%3,033-491$331$87,088,6224Sony / Columbia
6The Rite$918,208-66%2,9850$308$23,701,5342Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Mechanic$897,143-66%2,7041$332$20,005,5192CBS Films
8True Grit (2010)$628,845-76%2,902-218$217$154,902,5417Paramount
9Black Swan$608,618-64%1,977-338$308$95,861,70810Fox Searchlight
10Yogi Bear$581,568-53%1,807-326$322$95,367,3298Warner Bros.
11Tangled$454,876-54%1,369-220$332$192,073,30311Disney
12The Dilemma$420,020-76%2,545-360$165$45,574,0254Universal
13The Fighter$386,991-75%1,662-252$233$82,400,7389Paramount
14TRON: Legacy$260,051-65%1,040-465$250$168,758,2388Disney
15Little Fockers$189,700-72%1,355-696$140$146,542,2857Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$218,870-68%899-17$243$15,679,19514Fox Searchlight
2From Prada to Nada$199,936-42%2615$766$2,097,4232Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Blue Valentine (2010)$155,677-59%45035$346$7,268,8466Weinstein Company
4Biutiful$150,976-50%179120$843$1,422,9906Roadside Attractions
5The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$111,724-61%514-218$217$102,563,8149Fox
6Gulliver's Travels (2010)$100,603-61%495-158$203$41,607,4527Fox
7The Company Men$98,021-65%23120$424$2,298,8913Weinstein Company
8Country Strong$95,958-70%948-339$101$19,817,1827Sony / Screen Gems
9Megamind$79,468-61%290-10$274$147,459,54114Paramount / DreamWorks
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$79,017-60%365-100$216$292,761,21412Warner Bros.
11Season of the Witch$60,441-58%492-618$123$24,242,0555Relativity Media
12The Social Network$40,901-69%294-73$139$96,398,57019Sony / Columbia
13Rabbit Hole$29,310-49%1317$224$1,723,7008Lionsgate
14The Tourist$27,401-66%231-197$119$66,848,6739Sony / Columbia
15The Way Back$26,535-62%145-450$183$2,532,6833Newmarket Films
16Burlesque$20,366-50%178-60$114$39,440,65511Sony / Screen Gems
17Unstoppable (2010)$18,629-73%202-48$92$81,201,19713Fox
18Fair Game (2010)$9,221-64%149109$62$9,474,14514Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$28,624-47%485$596$21,222,73947Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Somewhere (2010)$13,224-53%46-14$287$1,604,0867Focus
3Winter's Bone$7,776-61%347$229$6,356,50335Roadside Attractions
4Faster (2010)$6,698-61%87-27$77$23,225,91111CBS Films
5Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$5,827-60%42-33$139$566,3793UTV Communications
6Love and Other Drugs$4,152-67%46-71$90$32,329,93411Fox
7I Love You Phillip Morris$3,282-64%39-10$84$1,917,32710Roadside Attractions
8The Heart Specialist$2,437-77%56-63$44$1,096,2884Freestyle
9Waiting for Forever$1,724-61%3--$575$8,9171Freestyle
10Summer Wars$1,138-45%41$285$78,1827GKIDS