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 Wed, Feb. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$680,315-15%2,58427$263$85,639,40911Weinstein Company
2No Strings Attached$665,879-16%3,05028$218$53,508,0463Paramount
3Sanctum$640,335-25%2,787--$230$11,746,2951Universal
4The Roommate$565,093-27%2,534--$223$17,047,0331Sony / Screen Gems
5The Mechanic$504,950-19%2,7041$187$21,693,3072CBS Films
6The Rite$428,043-19%2,9850$143$25,159,8182Warner Bros. / New Line
7True Grit (2010)$390,007-12%2,902-218$134$156,130,5087Paramount
8The Green Hornet$379,027-15%3,033-491$125$88,323,4584Sony / Columbia
9Black Swan$308,387-24%1,977-338$156$96,879,56210Fox Searchlight
10The Fighter$254,092-15%1,662-252$153$83,193,0389Paramount
11The Dilemma$241,325-14%2,545-360$95$46,337,0754Universal
12Yogi Bear$115,1761%1,807-326$64$95,722,2088Warner Bros.
13TRON: Legacy$103,519-7%1,040-465$100$169,083,5278Disney
14Tangled$99,4900%1,369-220$73$192,376,71111Disney
15Little Fockers$81,300-8%1,355-696$60$146,799,6457Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$140,964-20%899-17$157$16,132,70114Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$86,062-15%45035$191$7,534,9976Weinstein Company
3Biutiful$65,065-6%179117$363$1,618,0316Roadside Attractions
4The Company Men$56,288-1%23120$244$2,460,9853Weinstein Company
5Country Strong$56,133-10%948-339$59$19,983,1867Sony / Screen Gems
6From Prada to Nada$40,046-17%2615$153$2,237,3502Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$31,4403%365-100$86$292,853,78612Warner Bros.
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$29,444-7%514-218$57$102,657,5909Fox
9Season of the Witch$26,520-5%492-618$54$24,323,2885Relativity Media
10Megamind$22,764-2%290-10$78$147,531,67614Paramount / DreamWorks
11Gulliver's Travels (2010)$22,6601%495-158$46$41,676,4947Fox
12The Social Network$19,668-19%294-73$67$96,462,28119Sony / Columbia
13The Way Back$16,675-7%145-450$115$2,583,2433Newmarket Films
14Rabbit Hole$16,442-1%1317$126$1,770,7538Lionsgate
15Unstoppable (2010)$10,873-6%202-48$54$81,234,39813Fox
16Fair Game (2010)$7,372-3%149109$49$9,496,08814Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$19,382-4%485$404$21,278,58447Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Somewhere (2010)$7,180-4%46-14$156$1,625,1127Focus
3Winter's Bone$4,942-6%358$141$6,371,12635Roadside Attractions
4Love and Other Drugs$3,683-10%46-71$80$32,340,71611Fox
5Faster (2010)$3,165-19%87-27$36$23,236,44811CBS Films
6I Love You Phillip Morris$2,62427%39-9$67$1,924,26910Roadside Attractions
7The Heart Specialist$1,697-8%56-63$30$1,101,6174Freestyle
8Waiting for Forever$1,095-13%3--$365$12,3951Freestyle