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. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$1,481,389-25%3,043--$487$28,901,6711Warner Bros.
2Gnomeo and Juliet$1,314,838-27%3,01420$436$59,546,0522Disney
3Just Go With It$1,256,901-21%3,5480$354$66,980,5042Sony / Columbia
4I Am Number Four$1,182,552-24%3,154--$375$25,491,4681Disney / DreamWorks
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$686,263-29%3,11813$220$52,886,4432Paramount
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$685,157-27%2,821--$243$20,355,8101Fox
7The King's Speech$668,743-9%2,086-177$321$106,182,71913Weinstein Company
8The Eagle$276,470-20%2,2960$120$16,462,2552Focus
9No Strings Attached$258,055-13%1,966-790$131$67,043,1775Paramount
10The Roommate$246,488-22%2,160-374$114$33,624,2723Sony / Screen Gems
11True Grit (2010)$183,256-6%1,465-607$125$164,980,8099Paramount
12Sanctum$130,815-27%1,377-1412$95$22,587,6003Universal
13The Green Hornet$112,945-17%1,265-825$89$95,850,0226Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$82,193-11%1,048-1159$78$31,749,1714Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$152,8571%759-290$201$88,626,15011Paramount
2Black Swan$140,422-1%656-413$214$102,100,60712Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$87,784-14%952-934$92$28,267,2574CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$63,988-5%10287$627$1,622,3012Fox Searchlight
5Biutiful$53,538-12%157-34$341$3,265,5598Roadside Attractions
6Yogi Bear$53,455-14%725-386$74$97,558,20210Warner Bros.
7Tangled$45,960-17%389-395$118$194,407,91513Disney
8127 Hours$38,640-2%240-119$161$17,570,75616Fox Searchlight
9Blue Valentine (2010)$35,580-6%235-158$151$8,975,2868Weinstein Company
10TRON: Legacy$35,117-18%312-52$113$170,630,25410Disney
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$30,872-6%321-88$96$294,052,85214Warner Bros.
12The Company Men$26,020-17%242-35$108$3,639,2695Weinstein Company
13Megamind$24,225-8%214-38$113$148,388,10816Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$23,315-24%264-29$88$103,516,58211Fox
15Little Fockers$19,950-13%285-139$70$147,725,4359Universal
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$14,742-22%235-73$63$42,267,1769Fox
17The Dilemma$13,185-10%293-949$45$48,277,4106Universal
18The Social Network$8,9592%113-65$79$96,798,31021Sony / Columbia
19From Prada to Nada$6,127-19%128-124$48$2,841,8644Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Unstoppable (2010)$4,322-14%105-42$41$81,487,76015Fox
21Season of the Witch$3,173-4%132-44$24$24,541,6717Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$35,611-3%502$712$21,872,47149Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Rabbit Hole$7,389-7%78-34$95$2,002,42510Lionsgate
37 Khoon Maaf$7,345-32%65--$113$202,9631UTV Communications
4Somewhere (2010)$3,669-11%29-3$127$1,738,9839Focus
5Winter's Bone$1,82311%20-6$91$6,429,24537Roadside Attractions
6Immigration Tango$1,821-14%30--$61$20,8341Roadside Attractions
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,51533%10$1,515$40,5602Phase 4 Films
8Brotherhood (2010)$31211%1--$312$8,8131Phase 4 Films
9I Love You Phillip Morris$2390%9-14$27$1,947,37112Roadside Attractions