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, Sep. 17 - Sun, Sep. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$23,808,032--2,861--$8,322$23,808,0321Warner Bros.
2Easy A$17,734,040--2,856--$6,209$17,734,0401Sony / Screen Gems
3Devil$12,289,375--2,809--$4,375$12,289,3751Universal
4Resident Evil: Afterlife$10,002,592-62%3,2096$3,117$43,893,9582Sony / Screen Gems
5Alpha and Omega$9,106,906--2,625--$3,469$9,106,9061Lionsgate
6Takers$3,026,285-47%2,139-52$1,415$52,372,3494Sony / Screen Gems
7The American$2,672,521-53%2,457-376$1,088$32,772,4753Focus
8The Other Guys$1,972,046-41%1,827-419$1,079$115,403,4407Sony / Columbia
9Inception$1,967,137-30%1,305-278$1,507$285,129,85510Warner Bros.
10Machete$1,755,550-59%1,704-974$1,030$24,391,3543Fox
11Eat Pray Love$1,614,431-45%1,668-671$968$77,600,2356Sony / Columbia
12The Expendables$1,373,298-57%1,854-1204$741$101,020,5336Lionsgate
13Going the Distance (2010)$1,355,246-64%2,007-1023$675$16,771,3053Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Last Exorcism$1,211,349-64%2,013-718$602$40,113,3704Lionsgate
15Nanny McPhee Returns$969,345-53%1,578-786$614$27,617,9405Universal
16The Switch (2010)$930,037-54%1,158-437$803$26,600,1525Miramax

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$910,965-45%939-436$970$244,739,01511Universal
2Lottery Ticket$625,812-48%677-228$924$23,505,3605Warner Bros.
3Vampires Suck$568,012-62%964-706$589$35,865,4455Fox
4Get Low$551,494-36%467-62$1,181$7,785,0908Sony Pictures Classics
5Toy Story 3$469,638-38%475-237$989$410,640,66514Disney
6Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$355,225-57%383-236$927$31,075,1256Universal
7Salt$310,966-51%335-149$928$116,974,4269Sony / Columbia
8Grown Ups$303,582-20%304-35$999$161,094,62513Sony / Columbia
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$272,219-33%360-65$756$43,019,6338Warner Bros.
10The Sorcerer's Apprentice$238,786-22%275-37$868$62,492,81810Disney
11Avatar$238,180-67%129-307$1,846$760,083,04140Fox
12Dinner for Schmucks$220,019-54%313-223$703$72,204,5398Paramount / DreamWorks
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$208,477-72%339-848$615$300,103,07212Summit
14Flipped$179,172-63%375-67$478$1,575,0837Warner Bros.
15Ramona and Beezus$165,613-10%260-15$637$25,717,9739Fox
16The Kids Are All Right$159,353-39%169-49$943$20,507,87611Focus
17Piranha 3D$150,466-79%264-561$570$24,730,7205Weinstein Company
18Step Up 3D$149,096-57%134-126$1,113$42,054,0367Disney
19The Girl Who Played With Fire$133,941-27%137-11$978$7,142,08011Music Box
20The Last Airbender$118,105-35%174-46$679$131,564,73112Paramount
21I'm Still Here$113,33317%120101$944$259,2902Magnolia
22The Karate Kid (2010)$95,819-24%147-21$652$176,591,61815Sony / Columbia
23Winter's Bone$90,052-34%101-9$892$5,954,17315Roadside Attractions
24Legendary$29,306-77%103-74$285$191,8752IDP/Samuel Goldwyn

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dabangg$297,229-53%686$4,371$1,068,5892Eros
2Catfish$257,285--12--$21,440$257,2851Universal / Rogue
3Mao's Last Dancer$238,007-30%98-4$2,429$2,617,2905Samuel Goldwyn
4Hubble 3D$153,705-15%633$2,440$15,642,57027Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Never Let Me Go$111,734--4--$27,934$156,7331Fox Searchlight
6Cairo Time$107,873-31%758$1,438$1,277,8157IFC
7The Tillman Story$60,680-28%283$2,167$519,3715Weinstein Company
8Animal Kingdom$53,720-51%57-4$942$817,1346Sony Pictures Classics
9What If...$48,428-43%50-32$969$517,5535Five & Two Pictures
10Heartbreaker$44,512-15%85$5,564$118,3672IFC
11I Am Love$42,633-24%35-5$1,218$4,838,30114Magnolia
12Under the Sea 3D$41,54741%161$2,597$24,219,10684Warner Bros. / IMAX
13We Are Family$39,950-65%780$512$597,9723UTV Communications
14Knight and Day$36,742-33%64-29$574$76,364,87113Fox
15Predators$33,561-35%55-31$610$51,908,58011Fox
16Mademoiselle Chambon$32,62720%110$2,966$385,11817Lorber
17Jack Goes Boating$28,916--4--$7,229$28,9161Relativity / Overture
18The Romantics$26,155-43%1412$1,868$81,5032Four of a Kind
19A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$24,624-14%2310$1,071$105,7393Sony Pictures Classics
20Soul Kitchen$24,596-5%225$1,118$196,5015IFC
21Mesrine: Killer Instinct$24,310-51%22-7$1,105$461,7304Music Box
22Last Train Home$23,78373%86$2,973$71,8433Zeitgeist Films
23The Concert$23,440-40%201$1,172$542,1769Weinstein Company
24Fool for Love (2010)$22,840-54%80$2,855$87,1692Variance Films
25Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$21,34421%282$762$1,679,98615Sony Pictures Classics
26The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$21,344-8%13-6$1,642$487,1617National Geographic
27Leaves of Grass$20,987--3--$6,996$20,9871First Look
28Lovely, Still$20,538348%119$1,867$39,9212Monterey Media
29Lebanon$18,923-52%232$823$286,57349Sony Pictures Classics
30Restrepo$18,296-38%370$494$1,254,30613National Geographic
31Bran Nue Dae$18,062-23%171$1,062$51,1082Freestyle Releasing
32Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$17,679-55%20-8$884$207,9673Music Box
33Kings of Pastry$15,162--2--$7,581$22,4281First Run
34Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$13,686-20%41$3,422$39,1982Lorber
35The Extra Man$12,333-15%13-4$949$416,2098Magnolia
36Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$12,197-47%28-17$436$90,755,64317Disney
37The Other City$10,396--2--$5,198$10,3961Cabin Films
38Cyrus$9,740-38%19-7$513$7,419,05914Fox Searchlight
39Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$9,069--1--$9,069$9,0691Collective Eye
40The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$8,012-42%19-9$422$10,056,67527Music Box
41Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$7,56324%21$3,782$17,1382Lorber
42Winnebago Man$7,05111%112$641$156,79411Kino International
43Undertow (2009)$7,051--1--$7,051$7,0511Wolfe Releasing
44Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$6,772-8%50$1,354$221,7599Arthouse Films
45Picture Me$6,718--1--$6,718$6,7181Strand
46La Soga$6,446-77%4-3$1,612$206,72767-57 Releasing
47The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$6,279-13%11-7$571$6,374,78923Sony Pictures Classics
48My Dog Tulip$6,276-50%10$6,276$49,4303New Yorker Films
49The Sicilian Girl$6,245-32%52$1,249$43,4757Music Box
50Exit Through the Gift Shop$6,101-56%5-1$1,220$3,250,66423Producers Distribution Agency
51Agora$6,088-17%4-2$1,522$599,90317Newmarket
52Hideaway (2009)$5,550-50%40$1,388$20,7032Strand
53Life During Wartime$5,419-37%14-2$387$278,8219IFC
54Micmacs$4,937-56%15-1$329$1,237,26917Sony Classics
55Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,585-58%40$1,146$309,21017Rialto
56A Film Unfinished$4,483-37%30$1,494$147,2555Oscilloscope
57Ahead of Time$4,464-65%21$2,232$22,7742Vitagraph
58The Freebie$4,309--1--$4,309$4,3091Phase 4 Films
59John Rabe$3,774--1--$3,774$61,06818Strand
60Please Give$2,84239%40$711$4,028,33921Sony Pictures Classics
61GasLand$2,641--1--$2,641$9,1691International WOW
62Solitary Man$2,641-39%7-2$377$4,353,41018Anchor Bay
63The Trial$2,491-72%10$2,491$14,1422Whitlow Films
64Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$2,45040%31$817$386,53220Kino International
65Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,390-64%11-9$217$377,55613Sony Pictures Classics
66El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances$2,330--1--$2,330$2,3301Cinema Libre
67Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo$2,198--2--$1,099$2,1981Cinema Purgatorio
68Ondine$1,87955%21$940$547,21829Magnolia
69Centurion$1,871-61%3-3$624$119,6214Magnolia
70Spoken Word$1,811-20%20$906$32,7289Variance
71The Nature of Existence$1,714--1--$1,714$49,76714Walking Shadows
72Princess Kaiulani$1,210-49%2-1$605$883,45419Roadside Attractions
73Everyone Else$1,128-46%20$564$98,19766Cinema Guild
74Enemies of the People$1,092--2--$546$13,8228International Film Circuit
75Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$1,07271%10$1,072$48,83014The Film Desk
76Mother and Child$1,048-58%5-1$210$1,105,26620Sony Pictures Classics
77The Milk of Sorrow$986-31%10$986$9,8494Olive Films
78Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$985-14%10$985$23,298,251155National Geographic
79The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$949--2--$475$108,97924International Film Circuit
80Circle$87635%10$876$9,7304Indican Pictures
81Around a Small Mountain$86743%20$434$27,20111Cinema Guild
82Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$847-75%21$424$17,4296First Run Features
83Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$843--1--$843$15,20810Flicker Alley
84The Disappearance of Alice Creed$800-82%3-1$267$156,4727Anchor Bay
85The Temptation of St. Tony$747--1--$747$7471Olive Films
86Countdown to Zero$716-89%60$119$264,4159Magnolia
87The Girl (2009)$712--1--$712$7121
88The Little Traitor$514-65%10$514$377,20141Westchester Films
89Orlando (2010 re-issue)$358--1--$358$56,3729Sony Pictures Classics
90Sweetgrass$1457%10$145$204,25952Cinema Guild