'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.

Yearly domestic gross

YearTotal GrossChg.Tickets SoldChg. Top movie
2014$9,709,910,0001,195,801,724Guardians of the Galaxy
2013$10,918,740,0000.90%1,343,018,450-1.21%Iron Man 3
2012$10,821,400,0006.24%1,359,472,3615.84%Marvel's The Avengers
2011$10,185,610,000-3.64%1,284,440,101-4.13%Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
2010$10,570,500,000-0.33%1,339,733,840-5.25%Toy Story 3
2009$10,605,110,00010.12%1,414,014,6665.42%Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
2008$9,630,390,0000.04%1,341,279,944-4.14%The Dark Knight
2007$9,626,270,0004.93%1,399,167,151-0.11%Spider-Man 3
2006$9,174,350,0004.16%1,400,664,1221.94%Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
2005$8,807,690,000-5.25%1,374,054,602-8.20%Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
2004$9,295,420,0001.50%1,496,847,021-1.44%Shrek 2
2003$9,158,090,0000.65%1,518,754,561-3.19%Finding Nemo
2001$8,115,520,0008.03%1,436,375,2213.06%Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2000$7,512,110,0002.48%1,393,712,430-3.41%How the Grinch Stole Christmas
1999$7,330,101,0006.83%1,442,933,268-1.37%Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
1998$6,861,318,00010.38%1,462,967,5918.03%Saving Private Ryan
1997$6,216,000,0006.86%1,354,248,3662.90%Men in Black
1996$5,817,000,00010.40%1,316,063,3488.65%Independence Day
1995$5,269,000,0001.64%1,211,264,368-4.67%Batman Forever
1994$5,184,000,0005.86%1,270,588,2357.42%The Flintstones
1993$4,897,000,0007.32%1,182,850,2427.58%Jurassic Park
1992$4,563,000,000-4.94%1,099,518,072-3.56%Batman Returns
1991$4,800,000,000-4.38%1,140,142,518-4.16%Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1990$5,020,000,0001,189,573,460Total Recall (1990)