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 Tue, Mar. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hall Pass$1,255,65814%2,950--$426$15,893,3641Warner Bros. / New Line
2Unknown (2011)$1,046,07524%3,0430$344$44,866,5372Warner Bros.
3The King's Speech$872,00219%2,385299$366$115,834,48514Weinstein Company
4I Am Number Four$870,85315%3,1562$276$39,349,8052Disney / DreamWorks
5Just Go With It$853,17327%3,544-4$241$80,310,7253Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$693,63817%3,03723$228$75,622,5753Disney
7Drive Angry$519,27021%2,290--$227$6,136,1751Summit
8Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$505,72350%2,810-308$180$63,805,9413Paramount
9Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$385,77915%2,8210$137$29,369,4032Fox
10No Strings Attached$145,85221%1,366-600$107$69,025,9906Paramount
11The Eagle$141,2528%1,568-728$90$18,614,2093Focus
12The Roommate$120,9609%1,726-434$70$36,049,7204Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$152,2008%668-797$228$90,659,47110Paramount
2Black Swan$145,64912%617-39$236$103,852,21613Fox Searchlight
3Cedar Rapids$55,4417%13634$408$2,457,2923Fox Searchlight
4Biutiful$51,81540%18124$286$3,872,6449Roadside Attractions
5The Green Hornet$46,4321%667-598$70$96,729,6317Sony / Columbia
6Sanctum$43,12029%392-985$110$23,146,4854Universal
7The Rite$40,0325%545-503$73$32,388,6875Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Mechanic$35,5114%404-548$88$28,747,4305CBS Films
9127 Hours$26,5921%220-20$121$17,968,34317Fox Searchlight
10The Company Men$25,03849%185-57$135$3,922,4406Weinstein Company
11Blue Valentine (2010)$24,45025%167-68$146$9,268,0779Weinstein Company
12Yogi Bear$19,22218%366--$53$97,892,92811Warner Bros.
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$19,1167%303-18$63$294,362,85715Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$18,25415%248-16$74$103,811,15612Fox
15Little Fockers$17,02545%261-24$65$148,009,00010Universal
16The Dilemma$12,15011%243-50$50$48,453,4407Universal
17The Social Network$11,126-3%269156$41$96,940,47822Sony / Columbia
18Season of the Witch$10,58613%17139$62$24,668,0308Relativity Media
19Gulliver's Travels (2010)$8,70914%204-31$43$42,455,96910Fox
20Winter's Bone$1,848-7%135115$14$6,506,50638Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$25,48038%500$510$22,102,89350Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Rabbit Hole$7,17331%835$86$2,075,76211Lionsgate
3From Prada to Nada$4,549-3%81-47$56$2,914,7645Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Somewhere (2010)$4,17020%27-2$154$1,776,05810Focus
57 Khoon Maaf$3,43784%683$51$258,5792UTV Communications
6Unstoppable (2010)$2,75722%66-39$42$81,533,42916Fox
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$934-18%32$311$51,4133Phase 4 Films
8I Love You Phillip Morris$820-5%156$55$1,954,84413Roadside Attractions
9Brotherhood (2010)$445119%21$223$18,6082Phase 4 Films
10Immigration Tango$116-47%2-28$58$24,1472Roadside Attractions