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. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Go With It$1,884,1576%3,548--$531$42,555,9641Sony / Columbia
2Gnomeo and Juliet$1,014,95016%2,994--$339$31,020,5321Disney
3Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$959,62216%3,105--$309$34,872,7491Paramount
4The King's Speech$643,9136%2,263-321$285$96,711,97612Weinstein Company
5The Eagle$534,0061%2,296--$233$11,507,1981Focus
6No Strings Attached$435,4245%2,756-294$158$62,913,2874Paramount
7The Roommate$403,24113%2,5340$159$28,593,5642Sony / Screen Gems
8Sanctum$390,4600%2,7892$140$20,308,7852Universal
9True Grit (2010)$274,1106%2,072-830$132$161,717,5038Paramount
10The Mechanic$267,7411%1,886-818$142$26,882,6933CBS Films
11The Rite$236,114-1%2,207-778$107$30,262,3853Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Green Hornet$235,11714%2,090-943$112$93,662,2865Sony / Columbia
13Black Swan$186,1727%1,069-908$174$100,209,07511Fox Searchlight
14The Fighter$157,8720%1,049-613$150$86,411,49810Paramount
15The Dilemma$67,8809%1,242-1303$55$48,045,0805Universal
16Yogi Bear$45,56712%1,111-696$41$96,818,5739Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$58,9782%393-57$150$8,499,4677Weinstein Company
2Tangled$57,58923%784-585$73$193,563,58712Disney
3127 Hours$55,7968%359-540$155$17,092,92015Fox Searchlight
4Biutiful$54,5533%19112$286$2,500,0517Roadside Attractions
5TRON: Legacy$53,98110%364-676$148$169,989,2889Disney
6The Company Men$42,863-6%27746$155$3,227,2704Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$42,0076%40944$103$293,542,74913Warner Bros.
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$23,59211%293-221$81$103,089,39910Fox
9From Prada to Nada$21,790-2%252-9$86$2,717,3363Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Little Fockers$21,2250%424-931$50$147,369,1908Universal
11Megamind$20,59814%252-38$82$147,972,37315Paramount / DreamWorks
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$14,59610%308-187$47$41,983,9088Fox
13Season of the Witch$12,75432%176-316$72$24,496,1946Relativity Media
14The Social Network$12,0865%178-116$68$96,671,58920Sony / Columbia
15Rabbit Hole$10,8255%112-19$97$1,918,1629Lionsgate
16Unstoppable (2010)$9,26219%147-55$63$81,400,56514Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$32,091-2%480$669$21,570,24848Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cedar Rapids$22,140-1%15--$1,476$401,4781Fox Searchlight
3Somewhere (2010)$5,77021%32-14$180$1,689,9568Focus
4The Way Back$5,69817%0-145--$2,658,9424Newmarket Films
5Winter's Bone$3,13543%26-9$121$6,403,77736Roadside Attractions
6Fair Game (2010)$2,92813%78-71$38$9,540,69115Summit
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,098-23%1--$1,098$18,0711Phase 4 Films
8I Love You Phillip Morris$1,04511%23-16$45$1,941,03611Roadside Attractions
9Waiting for Forever$743-12%1411$53$25,5172Freestyle