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. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sanctum$849,8005%2,787--$305$11,105,9601Universal
2The King's Speech$803,71028%2,58427$311$84,959,09411Weinstein Company
3No Strings Attached$796,02222%3,05028$261$52,842,1673Paramount
4The Roommate$772,3239%2,534--$305$16,481,9401Sony / Screen Gems
5The Mechanic$624,84912%2,7041$231$21,188,3572CBS Films
6The Rite$527,2385%2,9850$177$24,731,7752Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Green Hornet$447,0319%3,033-491$147$87,944,4314Sony / Columbia
8True Grit (2010)$444,57313%2,902-218$153$155,740,5017Paramount
9Black Swan$404,52933%1,977-338$205$96,571,17510Fox Searchlight
10The Fighter$300,09826%1,662-252$181$82,938,9469Paramount
11The Dilemma$279,95016%2,545-360$110$46,095,7504Universal
12Yogi Bear$114,204-9%1,807-326$63$95,607,0328Warner Bros.
13TRON: Legacy$111,3651%1,040-465$107$168,980,0088Disney
14Tangled$99,984-4%1,369-220$73$192,277,22111Disney
15Little Fockers$87,9850%1,355-696$65$146,718,3457Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$175,76529%899-17$196$15,991,73714Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$100,95128%45035$224$7,448,9356Weinstein Company
3Biutiful$68,92613%179117$385$1,552,9666Roadside Attractions
4Country Strong$62,27331%948-339$66$19,927,0537Sony / Screen Gems
5The Company Men$56,87516%23120$246$2,404,6973Weinstein Company
6From Prada to Nada$48,092-7%2615$184$2,197,3042Lionsgate / Pantelion
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$31,691-3%514-218$62$102,628,1469Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$30,5250%365-100$84$292,822,34612Warner Bros.
9Season of the Witch$27,8103%492-618$57$24,296,7685Relativity Media
10The Social Network$24,37924%294-73$83$96,442,61319Sony / Columbia
11Megamind$23,253-11%290-10$80$147,508,91214Paramount / DreamWorks
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$22,355-7%495-158$45$41,653,8347Fox
13The Way Back$17,83526%145-450$123$2,566,5683Newmarket Films
14Rabbit Hole$16,54818%1317$126$1,754,3118Lionsgate
15Unstoppable (2010)$11,6028%202-48$57$81,223,52513Fox
16Fair Game (2010)$7,63410%149109$51$9,488,71614Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$20,28325%485$423$21,259,20247Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Somewhere (2010)$7,47517%46-14$163$1,617,9327Focus
3Winter's Bone$5,27420%358$151$6,366,18435Roadside Attractions
4Love and Other Drugs$4,07134%46-71$89$32,337,03311Fox
5Faster (2010)$3,92814%87-27$45$23,233,28311CBS Films
6I Love You Phillip Morris$2,067-8%39-9$53$1,921,64510Roadside Attractions
7The Heart Specialist$1,8443%56-63$33$1,099,9204Freestyle
8Waiting for Forever$1,26213%3--$421$11,3001Freestyle