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 Fri, Feb. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$12,364,386--3,105--$3,982$13,106,9331Paramount
2Just Go With It$9,459,694--3,548--$2,666$9,459,6941Sony / Columbia
3Gnomeo and Juliet$6,162,544--2,994--$2,058$6,162,5441Disney
4The Eagle$2,812,574--2,296--$1,225$2,812,5741Focus
5The Roommate$2,598,005329%2,5340$1,025$20,250,9062Sony / Screen Gems
6The King's Speech$1,846,296129%2,263-321$816$88,291,26712Weinstein Company
7No Strings Attached$1,686,791137%2,756-294$612$55,907,5784Paramount
8Sanctum$1,422,425127%2,7892$510$13,795,7952Universal
9True Grit (2010)$957,461118%2,072-830$462$158,427,1468Paramount
10The Green Hornet$886,968117%2,090-943$424$89,619,0205Sony / Columbia
11The Rite$882,67298%2,207-778$400$26,488,6093Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$837,85560%1,886-818$444$23,053,5873CBS Films
13Black Swan$562,22168%1,069-908$526$97,776,88611Fox Searchlight
14The Fighter$540,43498%1,049-613$515$84,006,97810Paramount
15The Dilemma$279,4504%1,242-1303$225$46,884,1305Universal
16Yogi Bear$145,27215%1,111-696$131$95,993,5139Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$159,10175%393-57$405$7,785,2037Weinstein Company
2Tangled$158,29739%784-585$202$192,649,14412Disney
3127 Hours$151,350-2%359-540$422$16,438,15215Fox Searchlight
4Biutiful$147,590139%19112$773$1,830,6867Roadside Attractions
5The Company Men$139,627163%27746$504$2,653,6724Weinstein Company
6TRON: Legacy$129,30912%364-676$355$169,328,6659Disney
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$110,926204%40944$271$293,001,18213Warner Bros.
8Little Fockers$88,9851%424-931$210$146,976,9658Universal
9From Prada to Nada$76,29693%252-9$303$2,353,2453Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Megamind$69,983201%252-38$278$147,624,87515Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$67,94689%293-221$232$102,761,49210Fox
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$50,425104%308-187$164$41,751,6678Fox
13Country Strong$48,473-29%328-620$148$20,100,0468Sony / Screen Gems
14The Social Network$34,81158%178-116$196$96,519,14420Sony / Columbia
15Unstoppable (2010)$29,241141%147-55$199$81,275,75914Fox
16Season of the Witch$24,391-11%176-316$139$24,375,1666Relativity Media
17The Tourist$24,289--100-131$243$66,944,65110Sony / Columbia
18Rabbit Hole$22,67920%112-19$202$1,812,3989Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cedar Rapids$77,789--15--$5,186$77,7891Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$36,58246%480$762$21,340,18148Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Way Back$9,953-46%37-108$269$2,608,7564Newmarket Films
4Somewhere (2010)$9,61527%32-14$300$1,642,2778Focus
5Fair Game (2010)$7,2291%78-71$93$9,510,49715Summit
6Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,250--1--$5,250$5,2501Phase 4 Films
7Winter's Bone$4,528-2%26-8$174$6,380,27736Roadside Attractions
8I Love You Phillip Morris$2,85812%23-16$124$1,929,68811Roadside Attractions
9Waiting for Forever$2,566113%1411$183$16,1672Freestyle
10Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$592--5-37$118$575,2424UTV Communications