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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
200851 (Dec 19 - Dec 21) - 2008$77,420,414-47%$88,028,857-44%Yes Man
200451 (Dec 17 - Dec 19) - 2004$95,110,623-27%$106,675,590-25%Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
199851 (Dec 18 - Dec 20) - 1998$70,003,534-23%$73,576,252-22%You've Got Mail
198551 (Dec 20 - Dec 22) - 1985$34,245,727-23%$38,107,431-28%Rocky IV
201251 (Dec 21 - Dec 23) - 2012$96,513,334-12%$110,629,462-14%The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
201151 (Dec 23 - Dec 25) - 2011$110,237,310-12%$128,118,423-5%Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
198351 (Dec 23 - Dec 25) - 1983$29,670,592-9%$36,878,6995%Sudden Impact
199151 (Dec 20 - Dec 22) - 1991$50,723,975-6%$52,228,033-18%Hook
199351 (Dec 17 - Dec 19) - 1993$50,725,691-5%$53,916,692-3%The Pelican Brief
201051 (Dec 17 - Dec 19) - 2010$124,993,526-1%$134,637,218-2%TRON: Legacy
200251 (Dec 20 - Dec 22) - 2002$127,079,408-1%$145,102,6264%The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
200551 (Dec 23 - Dec 25) - 2005$94,746,4620%$111,401,9394%King Kong (2005)
198951 (Dec 22 - Dec 24) - 1989$37,598,6880%$45,530,90415%Christmas Vacation
198851 (Dec 16 - Dec 18) - 1988$37,672,2801%$39,693,328-5%Twins
200351 (Dec 19 - Dec 21) - 2003$129,618,8612%$141,775,130-2%The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
198751 (Dec 18 - Dec 20) - 1987$37,379,8244%$41,644,8476%Eddie Murphy Raw
199951 (Dec 17 - Dec 19) - 1999$72,834,1474%$80,922,58810%Stuart Little
199251 (Dec 18 - Dec 20) - 1992$53,341,2885%$55,700,1597%A Few Good Men
198651 (Dec 19 - Dec 21) - 1986$36,055,0255%$39,469,7514%The Golden Child
199551 (Dec 22 - Dec 24) - 1995$62,071,2425%$77,543,8865%Waiting to Exhale
200151 (Dec 21 - Dec 23) - 2001$128,406,7417%$140,141,4804%The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
200651 (Dec 22 - Dec 24) - 2006$103,143,9489%$120,390,3258%Night at the Museum
199651 (Dec 20 - Dec 22) - 1996$71,080,62115%$79,004,6672%Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
199451 (Dec 23 - Dec 25) - 1994$58,893,44216%$73,959,30837%The Santa Clause
199751 (Dec 19 - Dec 21) - 1997$91,235,17328%$94,270,30719%Titanic
201351 (Dec 20 - Dec 22) - 2013$134,837,79240%$143,556,53830%The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
200751 (Dec 21 - Dec 23) - 2007$146,797,48342%$157,225,57531%National Treasure: Book of Secrets
199051 (Dec 21 - Dec 23) - 1990$54,061,66944%$63,316,15739%Home Alone
198451 (Dec 21 - Dec 23) - 1984$44,624,61650%$52,802,13243%Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
200951 (Dec 18 - Dec 20) - 2009$126,343,34263%$137,772,68657%Avatar
200051 (Dec 22 - Dec 24) - 2000$119,798,50464%$134,819,96167%Cast Away