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. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$805,56218%2,58427$312$86,444,97111Weinstein Company
2No Strings Attached$712,7417%3,05028$234$54,220,7873Paramount
3Sanctum$627,075-2%2,787--$225$12,373,3701Universal
4The Roommate$605,8687%2,534--$239$17,652,9011Sony / Screen Gems
5The Mechanic$522,4253%2,7041$193$22,215,7322CBS Films
6The Rite$446,1194%2,9850$149$25,605,9372Warner Bros. / New Line
7True Grit (2010)$439,17713%2,902-218$151$156,569,6857Paramount
8The Green Hornet$408,5948%3,033-491$135$88,732,0524Sony / Columbia
9Black Swan$335,1039%1,977-338$170$97,214,66510Fox Searchlight
10The Fighter$273,5068%1,662-252$165$83,466,5449Paramount
11The Dilemma$267,60511%2,545-360$105$46,604,6804Universal
12Yogi Bear$126,0339%1,807-326$70$95,848,2418Warner Bros.
13TRON: Legacy$115,82912%1,040-465$111$169,199,3568Disney
14Tangled$114,13615%1,369-220$83$192,490,84711Disney
15Little Fockers$88,3359%1,355-696$65$146,887,9807Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$154,1019%899-17$171$16,286,80214Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$91,1056%45035$202$7,626,1026Weinstein Company
3Country Strong$68,38722%948-339$72$20,051,5737Sony / Screen Gems
4Biutiful$61,840-5%179117$345$1,683,0966Roadside Attractions
5The Company Men$53,060-6%23120$230$2,514,0453Weinstein Company
6From Prada to Nada$39,599-1%2615$152$2,276,9492Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$36,47016%365-100$100$292,890,25612Warner Bros.
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$35,95622%514-218$70$102,693,5469Fox
9Season of the Witch$27,4874%492-618$56$24,350,7755Relativity Media
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$24,7489%495-158$50$41,701,2427Fox
11Megamind$23,2162%290-10$80$147,554,89214Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Social Network$22,05212%294-73$75$96,484,33319Sony / Columbia
13Rabbit Hole$18,96615%1317$145$1,789,7198Lionsgate
14The Way Back$18,56011%145-450$128$2,601,8033Newmarket Films
15Unstoppable (2010)$12,12011%202-48$60$81,246,51813Fox
16Fair Game (2010)$7,180-3%149109$48$9,503,26814Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$25,01529%485$521$21,303,59947Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Somewhere (2010)$7,5505%46-14$164$1,632,6627Focus
3Winter's Bone$4,623-6%358$132$6,375,74935Roadside Attractions
4Faster (2010)$3,57213%87-27$41$23,240,02011CBS Films
5Love and Other Drugs$3,098-16%46-71$67$32,343,81411Fox
6I Love You Phillip Morris$2,561-2%39-9$66$1,926,83010Roadside Attractions
7The Heart Specialist$1,420-16%56-63$25$1,103,0374Freestyle
8Waiting for Forever$1,20610%3--$402$13,6011Freestyle