'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, Oct. 22 - Sun, Oct. 24

Wide (1000+)

1Paranormal Activity 2$40,678,424--3,216--$12,649$40,678,4241Paramount
2Jackass 3D$21,313,815-58%3,11130$6,851$86,861,0412Paramount
3Red (2010)$15,034,916-31%3,27318$4,594$43,518,1852Summit
4Hereafter$12,018,1475355%2,1812175$5,510$12,333,5042Warner Bros.
5The Social Network$7,276,972-29%2,92153$2,491$72,907,7284Sony / Columbia
7Life As We Know It$6,136,454-31%3,019-131$2,033$37,601,8353Warner Bros.
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$3,248,019-23%2,236-266$1,453$50,244,7335Warner Bros.
9The Town$2,749,090-31%1,918-450$1,433$84,681,6146Warner Bros.
10Easy A$1,748,906-34%1,632-682$1,072$54,784,1486Sony / Screen Gems
11Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,244,851-47%1,255-790$992$50,001,9865Fox
12My Soul to Take$1,072,515-66%1,689-840$635$13,985,7953Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

1Waiting for 'Superman'$774,5024%290108$2,671$3,704,2805Paramount Vantage
2Alpha and Omega$727,103-12%727-242$1,000$23,512,8756Lionsgate
3It's Kind of a Funny Story$677,162-45%560-197$1,209$5,109,1893Focus
4You Again$650,902-46%901-687$722$24,051,0835Disney
7Inception$500,14044%452155$1,107$290,381,26415Warner Bros.
8Toy Story 3$472,842-12%3500$1,351$413,485,96519Disney
9You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$432,01657%402284$1,075$1,839,0125Sony Pictures Classics
10Case 39$410,404-66%721-685$569$12,711,9344Paramount Vantage
11Despicable Me$370,9557%324-8$1,145$247,519,95016Universal
12Stone$361,14057%11372$3,196$785,1133Relativity / Overture
13Let Me In$261,932-68%513-698$511$11,621,0844Relativity / Overture
14The Other Guys$242,523117%303129$800$118,486,41912Sony / Columbia
15Nowhere Boy$213,494-37%2150$993$767,0653Weinstein Company
16Never Let Me Go$191,244-42%178-54$1,074$2,004,2776Fox Searchlight
17Catfish$166,404-21%13923$1,197$2,879,7426Universal / Rogue
18Resident Evil: Afterlife$137,502-60%213-225$646$60,001,1247Sony / Screen Gems
19Mao's Last Dancer$126,715-16%102-14$1,242$4,196,12010Samuel Goldwyn
20Takers$119,305-36%150-65$795$57,263,4809Sony / Screen Gems
21Eat Pray Love$102,788-42%174-129$591$80,467,50411Sony / Columbia
22Salt$77,609-48%125-75$621$118,311,36814Sony / Columbia
23Nanny McPhee Returns$76,450-25%150-55$510$28,995,45010Universal
24Step Up 3D$70,099679%113103$620$42,332,16412Disney
25I Want Your Money$41,789-83%172-365$243$390,3522Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

1Conviction$303,135196%5544$5,512$444,2582Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$182,2414%60-1$3,037$17,101,89732Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Inside Job$162,57090%2414$6,774$348,3833Sony Pictures Classics
5Lottery Ticket$55,083-38%92-46$599$24,663,55010Warner Bros.
6Grown Ups$54,902-29%87-27$631$162,001,18618Sony / Columbia
7Under the Sea 3D$52,80214%160$3,300$24,577,99389Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Salvation Poem$51,228199%116$4,657$277,8622CanZion Films
9Tamara Drewe$46,114135%2010$2,306$107,0113Sony Pictures Classics
11The American$32,031-55%76-68$421$35,562,1138Focus
13Get Low$30,885-44%60-36$515$8,967,03113Sony Pictures Classics
14The Sorcerer's Apprentice$28,415-43%39-38$729$63,143,81215Disney
15Vampires Suck$24,678-42%54-33$457$36,623,44910Fox
17Ramona and Beezus$23,733-13%42-12$565$26,122,72314Fox
18The Girl Who Played With Fire$21,620-15%33-11$655$7,563,66816Music Box
20Enter the Void$18,6159%108$1,862$206,9505IFC Films
21The Tillman Story$18,30548%247$763$715,17010Weinstein Company
22What If...$17,535-10%255$701$672,38610Five & Two Pictures
23The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$17,51766%90$1,946$579,43412National Geographic
24Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$17,27051%43$4,318$38,6602Zeitgeist Films
25Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$17,1596303%31$5,720$486,18325Kino International
26Last Train Home$14,84372%148$1,060$192,8838Zeitgeist Films
28Anjaana Anjaani$13,393-71%910$147$854,7574Eros
29Jack Goes Boating$12,417-53%35-14$355$453,5956Relativity / Overture
30Like Dandelion Dust$11,932-62%13-18$918$334,5605Blue Collar Releasing
31The Switch (2010)$11,189-47%26-32$430$27,565,18410Miramax
32A Film Unfinished$9,80493%73$1,401$259,33410Oscilloscope
33My Dog Tulip$8,51720%4-1$2,129$91,0558New Yorker Films
34Animal Kingdom$8,259-20%13-6$635$949,43211Sony Pictures Classics
35I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$8,180-52%8-3$1,023$83,5593Anchor Bay
36Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$8,13521%20$4,068$23,349,238160National Geographic
37I Am Love$7,654-16%8-2$957$4,976,21219Magnolia
38Cairo Time$6,006-36%11-13$546$1,571,08112IFC
39Lovely, Still$5,662-37%80$708$116,7647Monterey Media
40Kings of Pastry$5,252-33%91$584$124,3656First Run
42Soul Kitchen$4,17023%11-5$379$262,50310IFC
43Winter's Bone$3,837-65%18-16$213$6,200,83620Roadside Attractions
442012: Time for Change$3,790-67%1-1$3,790$63,5162Mangusta Productions
45The Concert$3,773-34%5-4$755$646,77114Weinstein Company
47Mademoiselle Chambon$3,563-50%4-3$891$489,75122Lorber
48The Taqwacores$3,532--1--$3,532$3,5321Strand Releasing
49The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$3,472346%5-1$694$10,078,33532Music Box
50Lebanon$3,2749%12-2$273$352,46254Sony Pictures Classics
52Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,820203%50$564$398,49518Sony Pictures Classics
53I'm Still Here$2,33116%51$466$406,4307Magnolia
54Fool for Love (2010)$2,311-54%4-1$578$162,9397Variance Films
55Piranha 3D$2,248-81%5-23$450$24,979,88410Weinstein Company
56Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$2,197-41%3-3$732$245,1688Music Box
57A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$2,123-41%6-11$354$168,9478Sony Pictures Classics
58Exit Through the Gift Shop$1,922-54%20$961$3,288,69928Producers Distribution Agency
59Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,870-15%1-1$1,870$40,8116Collective Eye
61Down Terrace$1,662-46%1-1$1,662$8,0122Magnolia
62Restrepo$1,615-50%2-3$808$1,318,04318National Geographic
63Enemies of the People$1,504229%32$501$23,21413International Film Circuit
64The Extra Man$1,378-57%2-5$689$453,07913Magnolia
65Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,249-50%3-3$416$509,5459Music Box
66The Sicilian Girl$1,125111%21$563$67,19012Music Box
67Army of Crime$1,06472%10$1,064$31,29010Lorber
69Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$95040%10$950$51,81219The Film Desk
70Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$859-88%4-4$215$119,2797Lorber
71To the Sea$847--1--$847$43,68815Film Movement
72Breathless (2010 re-issue)$366-92%1-4$366$336,17422Rialto
73The Disappearance of Alice Creed$172-73%21$86$166,67112Anchor Bay
74Hideaway (2009)$134-93%2-3$67$29,4507Strand