'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.

Weekly domestic gross

YearWeekTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
201450 (Dec 12 - Dec 18)$114,600,841-41%$128,273,000-39%Exodus: Gods and Kings
201350 (Dec 13 - Dec 19)$193,974,76711%$210,107,0009%The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
201250 (Dec 14 - Dec 20)$174,095,873-4%$192,867,000-8%The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
201150 (Dec 16 - Dec 22)$180,459,84567%$209,451,00069%Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
201050 (Dec 10 - Dec 16)$108,360,307-1%$123,720,000-5%The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
200950 (Dec 11 - Dec 17)$109,134,4265%$129,571,0005%The Princess and the Frog
200850 (Dec 12 - Dec 18)$103,735,399-48%$123,222,000-43%The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
200750 (Dec 14 - Dec 20)$198,522,56023%$216,898,00014%I Am Legend
200650 (Dec 15 - Dec 21)$161,772,889-15%$189,435,000-10%The Pursuit of Happyness
200550 (Dec 16 - Dec 22)$189,355,22447%$211,162,00050%King Kong (2005)
200450 (Dec 10 - Dec 16)$128,974,760-12%$140,688,000-17%Ocean's Twelve
200350 (Dec 12 - Dec 18)$145,775,1000%$168,965,000-1%The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
200250 (Dec 13 - Dec 19)$146,053,6882%$171,333,00011%The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
200150 (Dec 14 - Dec 20)$143,046,62032%$154,592,0000%Vanilla Sky
200050 (Dec 15 - Dec 21)$108,020,44997%$154,860,000--What Women Want (2000)