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 Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 18 - Sun, Jun. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$110,307,189--4,028--$27,385$110,307,1891Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$29,876,295-46%3,6630$8,156$107,130,2392Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$14,405,318-44%3,5449$4,065$50,427,5882Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$6,105,000-39%2,592-110$2,355$47,844,0003Universal
5Shrek Forever After$5,620,398-64%3,207-661$1,753$223,076,9255Paramount / DreamWorks
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$5,566,464-14%2,605-503$2,137$80,800,5744Disney
7Jonah Hex$5,379,000--2,825--$1,904$5,379,0001Warner Bros.
8Killers (2010)$5,035,755-37%2,619-240$1,923$39,302,4113Lionsgate
9Iron Man 2$2,872,252-36%1,612-693$1,782$304,210,3297Paramount
10Marmaduke$2,474,195-59%2,495-718$992$27,711,0003Fox
11Sex and the City 2$2,411,000-56%1,680-1070$1,435$90,170,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
12Robin Hood$1,423,000-46%1,046-849$1,360$102,080,0006Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Splice$932,000-68%944-1506$987$15,569,0003Warner Bros
2Letters to Juliet$790,430-53%806-525$981$48,591,4096Summit
3Raavan$480,703--119--$4,040$480,7031Reliance Big Pictures
4Please Give$475,33467%272169$1,748$2,657,8748Sony Pictures Classics
5Solitary Man$426,92715%10754$3,990$1,424,9935Anchor Bay
6Date Night$360,904-40%345-85$1,046$96,883,25711Fox
7The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$282,288-19%1664$1,701$4,942,58210Sony Pictures Classics
8The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$258,499-20%146-28$1,771$8,296,83214Music Box
9Clash of the Titans (2010)$248,000-25%267-66$929$162,385,00012Warner Bros.
10The Bounty Hunter$212,574-40%174-62$1,222$66,754,01714Sony / Columbia
11City Island$181,855-31%133-26$1,367$5,937,64514Anchor Bay
12Just Wright$167,876-48%158-121$1,063$21,085,7566Fox Searchlight
13How to Train Your Dragon$167,083-49%213-68$784$214,764,29813Paramount / DreamWorks
14Death at a Funeral (2010)$149,389120%16195$928$42,365,76810Sony / Screen Gems
15The Last Song$136,960-10%199-11$688$62,589,68412Disney
16A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$120,00064%228103$526$62,734,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
17Furry Vengeance$112,078-36%235-33$477$17,060,7948Summit
18The Back-up Plan$93,26617%16654$562$37,050,5819CBS Films
19Alice in Wonderland (2010)$83,057-42%140-83$593$334,089,39416Disney
20Kick-Ass$76,597-29%157-21$488$47,950,72810Lionsgate
21Diary of a Wimpy Kid$75,645-51%146-56$518$63,547,66614Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$351,316314%3935$9,008$474,3282Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$265,00011%502$5,300$8,633,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$226,20238%2821$8,079$472,7742IFC
4Cyrus$181,716--4--$45,429$181,7161Fox Searchlight
5I Am Love$121,504--8--$15,188$121,5041Magnolia
6Micmacs$99,050-11%515$1,942$572,4514Sony Classics
7Babies$91,002-46%97-49$938$7,081,1937Focus
8Harry Brown$86,402-30%64-3$1,350$1,499,3668Samuel Goldwyn
9Exit Through the Gift Shop$84,121-27%41-2$2,052$2,524,13910Producers Distribution Agency
10Raajneeti$76,000-72%56-68$1,357$1,436,0003UTV Communications
11Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$66,77250%129$5,564$241,1792Sony Pictures Classics
12Ondine$58,69218%239$2,552$166,30516Magnolia
13Mother and Child$54,789-34%530$1,034$667,4197Sony Pictures Classics
14Avatar$45,181-30%17-9$2,658$749,434,95027Fox
158: The Mormon Proposition$42,566--16--$2,660$42,5661Red Flag Releasing
16Under the Sea 3D$35,000-5%150$2,333$22,499,00071Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Oceans$30,138-23%59-13$511$19,147,8119Disneynature
18Magnificent Desolation$24,000248%52$4,800$33,134,000248IMAX
19Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$23,422-8%150$1,561$547,76814Zeitgeist
20La Mission$23,000-26%173$1,353$977,00011Screen Media
21Agora$20,704-16%50$4,141$171,2384Newmarket
22The Losers$20,000-64%31-96$645$23,581,0009Warner Bros.
23The Square (2010)$18,59938%12-5$1,550$353,34811Apparition
24Princess Kaiulani$18,111-48%16-10$1,132$808,7256Roadside Attractions
25Let It Rain$16,290--2--$8,145$16,2901IFC
26Kings of the Evening$16,07044%51$3,214$50,90319Indican Pictures
27Holy Rollers$16,014-35%13-1$1,232$240,67021First Independent Pictures
28Stonewall Uprising$15,729--4--$3,932$21,4051First Run Features
29Chloe$15,20062%27-7$563$3,060,72813Sony Pictures Classics
30The City of Your Final Destination$15,000-42%15-4$1,000$383,00010Screen Media Films
31Breathless (2010 re-issue)$14,000-18%40$3,500$138,0004Rialto
32Mademoiselle Chambon$13,757-34%72$1,965$118,5974Lorber
33Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$12,707-45%6-2$2,118$250,5867Kino International
34Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$12,000-56%26-17$462$88,744,00019Fox
35The Secret of Kells$11,121-35%15-5$741$620,35716GKIDS
36The Killer Inside Me$11,083--1--$11,083$11,0831IFC Films
37The Joneses$10,380200%7-1$1,483$1,456,85610Roadside Attractions
38Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$10,092--1--$10,092$10,0921The Film Desk
39Only the Brave (2010)$8,616-12%3-1$2,872$118,2654Indican Pictures
40OSS 117: Lost in Rio$5,047-40%4-2$1,262$70,62162Music Box
41John Rabe$4,507-13%4-2$1,127$38,5945Strand
42Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,493-26%3-2$1,498$23,217,726142National Geographic
43Touching Home$4,300--4--$1,075$111,0008CFI
44The Little Traitor$4,278-32%1-1$4,278$348,66928Westchester Films
45The Good, the Bad, the Weird$4,05797%62$676$123,49711IFC
46Looking for Eric$4,043-36%10-1$404$52,4616IFC
47The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$3,833-39%100$383$177,5508IFC
48The Father of My Children$3,828-76%4-3$957$137,2265IFC Films
49Casino Jack and the United States of Money$3,689-45%7-2$527$168,4417Magnolia
50The Lottery$3,671-78%32$1,224$22,2592Variance Films
51The Oath$3,127-3%20$1,564$28,1297Zeitgeist
52Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$2,984-43%1-1$2,984$31,9163Indican Pictures
53The Nature of Existence$2,977--1--$2,977$2,9771Walking Shadows
54Survival of the Dead$2,800139%84$350$87,9064Magnolia / Magnet
55The Tooth Fairy$2,600-43%11-2$236$60,020,00022Fox
56Sweetgrass$2,547-61%4-2$637$185,96639Cinema Guild
57Best Worst Movie$2,544-47%1-1$2,544$55,2319Area23a
58Racing Dreams$2,338--2--$1,169$43,5335Hanover House
59Ajami$2,33112%3-2$777$602,22640Kino International
60Cropsey$1,805--2--$903$21,6503Cinema Purgatorio
61The Eclipse$1,789-58%5-4$358$132,39013Magnolia
62Space Station 3D$1,700113%1-2$1,700$81,957,000427IMAX
63The Girl on the Train (2010)$1,63073%20$815$205,28622Strand Releasing
64A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$1,342-52%2-2$671$2,080,33617Sony Classics
65A Town Called Panic$1,088--1--$1,088$161,62427Zeitgeist Films
66Everyone Else$1,073-77%2-3$537$66,84153Cinema Guild
67The Last Station$921-34%31$307$6,616,97423Sony Pictures Classics
68Dancing Across Borders$912--3--$304$65,06012First Run
69October Country$820--1--$820$26,18519International Film Circuit
70After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$714-56%2-1$357$11,5385Variance Films
71Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss$460-90%1-2$460$54,30561Zeitgeist
72The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$384--1--$384$451,68921First Run Features
73Departures$368-64%10$368$1,542,98956Regent Releasing