'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, Jan. 14 - Sun, Jan. 16

Wide (1000+)

1The Green Hornet$33,526,876--3,584--$9,355$33,526,8761Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$17,816,230--2,940--$6,060$17,816,2301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$11,004,755-25%3,459335$3,181$126,216,6504Paramount
4The King's Speech$9,186,20343%1,543785$5,953$44,710,0628Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$8,342,6483%2,328744$3,584$73,211,0067Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$7,194,865-47%3,394-281$2,120$134,280,8904Universal
7TRON: Legacy$5,679,858-44%2,439-574$2,329$156,918,4545Disney
8Yogi Bear$5,365,547-19%2,702-586$1,986$82,115,6195Warner Bros.
9The Fighter$5,101,140-27%2,414-114$2,113$65,745,8046Paramount
10Season of the Witch$4,606,584-57%2,82711$1,629$18,104,3242Relativity Media
12Country Strong$3,682,375-50%1,4240$2,586$13,287,5094Sony / Screen Gems
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,324,393-49%1,704-1110$1,364$98,067,1296Fox
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,118,591-54%1,666-1298$1,272$37,647,0144Fox
15The Tourist$1,680,709-55%1,420-1022$1,184$64,259,6556Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,399,204-41%941-566$1,487$289,803,4729Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$1,386,77697%230190$6,029$2,847,2613Weinstein Company
3Megamind$661,523141%341-34$1,940$145,416,60811Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Heart Specialist$473,062--422--$1,121$473,0621Freestyle
5How Do You Know$399,617-79%615-1287$650$29,940,2565Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$360,057-45%322-281$1,118$94,702,14916Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$321,06926%34197$942$100,064,63911Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$276,301151%10066$2,763$958,1165Lionsgate
9Burlesque$264,5313%29567$897$38,633,0178Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$243,256-29%303-95$803$80,392,10310Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$154,845-47%166-46$933$31,970,2788Fox
12Red (2010)$140,008-30%206-55$680$90,065,33214Summit
14Life As We Know It$88,487-42%132-56$670$53,273,36115Warner Bros.
15Despicable Me$63,010-47%137-41$460$251,476,98528Universal
16Morning Glory (2010)$54,578-43%127-51$430$30,982,32910Paramount
17For Colored Girls$27,258432%11190$246$37,714,86011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Yamla Pagla Deewana$504,116--84--$6,001$504,1161Eros International
2Barney's Version$362,524--42--$8,632$1,094,6341Sony Pictures Classics
3Somewhere (2010)$251,11354%5336$4,738$982,9304Focus
4127 Hours$162,933-25%76-12$2,144$11,073,51811Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$145,8236%48-6$3,038$20,763,56844Warner Bros. / IMAX
6I Love You Phillip Morris$131,010-40%95-5$1,379$1,659,0327Roadside Attractions
7Casino Jack$120,934-23%608$2,016$611,2945IDP/ATO Pictures
8Another Year$111,80628%136$8,600$450,0953Sony Pictures Classics
9No One Killed Jessica$99,269-56%45-3$2,206$372,3572UTV Communications
10Made in Dagenham$93,6238%8929$1,052$758,3459Sony Pictures Classics
11The Illusionist (2010)$60,47283%74$8,639$254,2654Sony Pictures Classics
12Fair Game (2010)$45,080-38%79-24$571$9,320,83311Summit
13Faster (2010)$41,061-20%77-2$533$23,001,2068CBS Films
14Inside Job$34,820-38%28-18$1,244$3,613,23815Sony Pictures Classics
15The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$29,68414%37-5$802$5,116,33912Music Box
16All Good Things$24,242-44%29-1$836$422,3947Magnolia Pictures
17The Warrior's Way$23,853-19%7745$310$5,636,6557Relativity Media
18Down for Life$23,176--5--$4,635$23,1761B.D.Fox Independent
19Space Station 3D$15,163--2--$7,582$82,581,545457IMAX
20Paranormal Activity 2$13,542-60%40-50$339$84,747,72713Paramount
21Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$13,434-76%41-54$328$55,668,07017Warner Bros.
22Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$13,405-28%50$2,681$40,2264Saint Juste International
23Jackass 3D$13,362-66%22-48$607$117,222,00714Paramount
24Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$12,377-32%10$12,377$49,9582First Run Features
25Every Day$9,857--3--$3,286$9,8571Image Entertainment
26Mesrine: Killer Instinct$9,7861696%97$1,087$544,94721Music Box
27Tiny Furniture$9,556-51%12-7$796$335,16010IFC
28Four Lions$9,507-21%132$731$273,31711Drafthouse Films
30Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,491-4%83$1,186$352,68614Zeitgeist Films
31Waste Land$8,848539%31$2,949$114,26012Arthouse Films
32White Material$8,789-54%13-8$676$287,0139IFC
33Summer Wars$7,137-48%9-5$793$53,6324GKIDS
34Winter's Bone$6,16229%71$880$6,263,18832Roadside Attractions
35The Tempest$5,74918%52$1,150$249,7976Disney
36The Salvation Poem$5,676-3%10$5,676$506,37414CanZion Films
37Ong Bak 3$5,648--3--$1,883$5,6481Magnolia
38Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$5,641--1--$5,641$5,6411Kino International
39Marwencol$4,92637%62$821$74,45315Cinema Guild
40Bhutto$3,999-69%3-1$1,333$58,6227First Run Features
41The Time That Remains$3,449-47%10$3,449$13,6332IFC
42The Strange Case of Angelica$3,436-39%20$1,718$27,7403Cinema Guild
43Kings of Pastry$3,419-69%40$855$295,69218First Run
44Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,114-9%20$1,557$23,496,830172National Geographic
46Feed the Fish$3,008-32%3-1$1,003$96,6889Strand
47The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,53221%30$844$700,95724National Geographic
48A Somewhat Gentle Man$2,506--1--$2,506$2,5061Strand Releasing
49Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$2,405-25%5-1$481$179,91111Magnolia
50William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$2,057417%21$1,029$36,3749Oscilloscope
51My Dog Tulip$1,996-85%1-3$1,996$176,97120New Yorker Films
52Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,868412%86$234$265,25920Music Box
53Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,768--1--$1,768$57,29012Variance Films
54Enemies of the People$1,581--3--$527$49,56025International Film Circuit
56Night Catches Us$1,355-52%3-1$452$61,7197Magnolia
57Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,236-30%1-1$1,236$24,07111Variance Films
58Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$1,229--3--$410$163,35119Lorber
59Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$1,066-80%5-7$213$235,1467Oscilloscope
60Plastic Planet$740--1--$740$7401First Run Features
61Tees Maar Khan$293-98%4-34$73$1,076,2664UTV Communications
62Red Hill$293-78%10$293$20,89811Strand
63Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$214-97%1-1$214$90,70730Kino International