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, May. 6 - Sun, May. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$65,723,338--3,955--$16,618$65,723,3381Paramount
2Fast Five$32,445,320-62%3,66218$8,860$139,779,2852Universal
3Jumping the Broom$15,215,487--2,035--$7,477$15,215,4871Sony / TriStar
4Something Borrowed$13,945,368--2,904--$4,802$13,945,3681Warner Bros.
5Rio (2011)$8,504,001-42%3,258-450$2,610$115,206,0694Fox
6Water for Elephants$6,069,603-35%2,614-206$2,322$42,083,2203Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$4,178,886-58%1,881-407$2,222$47,085,2183Lionsgate
8Soul Surfer$2,307,161-31%1,781-229$1,295$36,886,2825Sony / TriStar
9Prom$2,214,585-53%2,7300$811$7,590,0302Disney
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,042,603-50%2,5050$815$6,876,2172Weinstein Company
11Insidious$1,338,860-50%1,001-583$1,338$50,319,1156FilmDistrict
12African Cats$1,066,163-56%1,035-189$1,030$12,895,8843Disneynature
13Scream 4$701,100-68%1,333-888$526$36,920,1904Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$1,244,774-50%930-715$1,338$50,944,9226Summit
2Hanna$836,209-63%748-821$1,118$37,634,3075Focus
3There Be Dragons$705,537--259--$2,724$705,5371IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4The Conspirator$618,301-44%457-240$1,353$9,792,9544Roadside Attractions
5Win Win$528,842-21%268-34$1,973$8,351,3738Fox Searchlight
6HOP$496,075-82%902-2274$550$106,358,2606Universal
7Limitless$486,658-56%379-459$1,284$77,006,4178Relativity Media
8The Lincoln Lawyer$465,416-41%440-279$1,058$55,547,6248Lionsgate
9Rango$434,35472%2770$1,568$120,426,21310Paramount
10Jane Eyre (2011)$427,333-17%248-46$1,723$9,433,9449Focus
11The Adjustment Bureau$281,410-39%215-62$1,309$62,057,09010Universal
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$220,441-42%339-164$650$51,289,7967Fox
13Arthur (2011)$218,460-78%355-896$615$32,245,3845Warner Bros.
14Gnomeo and Juliet$215,287-27%250-43$861$99,046,50713Disney
15Paul$201,960-32%204-20$990$37,214,3858Universal
16Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$197,511-58%228-143$866$4,340,8554Rocky Mountain
17Battle: Los Angeles$188,380162%229127$823$83,004,3899Sony / Columbia
18Your Highness$179,575-71%164-238$1,095$21,422,3455Universal
19Sucker Punch$99,32777%210136$473$36,188,5177Warner Bros.
20Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$95,368-87%464-411$206$1,106,8682Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
21Just Go With It$87,358-32%133-66$657$102,941,38013Sony / Columbia
22Red Riding Hood$82,730-38%156-53$530$37,522,7489Warner Bros.
23I Am Number Four$76,426-45%146-33$523$54,720,09412Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cave of Forgotten Dreams$402,948190%5045$8,059$627,4492IFC Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$289,585-3%59-10$4,908$4,252,3015Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Am (2011)$187,56346%6620$2,842$941,88812Paladin
4Potiche$110,140-8%721$1,530$1,200,1967Music Box Films
5The Beaver$107,577--22--$4,890$107,5771Summit
6Hubble 3D$87,921-20%34-2$2,586$24,977,57860Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Of Gods and Men$86,949-18%84-10$1,035$3,556,88011Sony Pictures Classics
8The Double Hour$80,39040%1710$4,729$246,4804IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9In a Better World$73,9754%487$1,541$512,4466Sony Pictures Classics
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$64,730-28%110$5,885$2,619,345523D Entertainment
11Incendies$62,456-3%111$5,678$222,9103Sony Pictures Classics
12The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$61,559-31%4610$1,338$335,2753Sony Pictures Classics
13Meek's Cutoff$61,33777%198$3,228$217,1355Oscilloscope
14Bill Cunningham New York$59,043-10%27-7$2,187$895,1258Zeitgeist Films
15The King's Speech$57,768-51%90-95$642$138,647,69524Weinstein Company
1613 Assassins$48,3665%106$4,837$120,1882Magnolia / Magnet
17Beastly$41,284-54%76-50$543$27,812,32810CBS Films
18Certified Copy$37,771-21%36-8$1,049$1,213,2059IFC Films
19Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$36,472-39%57-52$640$73,000,94213Paramount
20Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$34,845-39%52-17$670$37,860,85112Fox
21Winter in Wartime$33,914-9%227$1,542$320,8848Sony Pictures Classics
22The Princess of Montpensier$32,204-11%212$1,534$177,1284IFC Films
23Hall Pass$31,561-48%67-49$471$45,045,03711Warner Bros. / New Line
24Queen to Play$30,350138%137$2,335$167,0986Zeitgeist Films
25Last Night (2010)$29,505--10--$2,951$29,5051Miramax / Tribeca
26Under the Sea 3D$26,384-11%191$1,389$28,320,117117Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Kill the Irishman$26,262-35%23-7$1,142$1,108,8049Anchor Bay Films
28Dum Maaro Dum$25,220-73%33-60$764$534,5743Fox Searchlight
29Battle of the Brides$23,612--5--$4,722$23,6121Variance Films
30Cedar Rapids$20,96150%22-4$953$6,827,58113Fox Searchlight
31Chalo Dilli$20,107-47%310$649$68,6642Eros International
32Unknown (2011)$19,672-56%49-52$401$63,677,73512Warner Bros.
33Exporting Raymond$18,840-47%9-4$2,093$67,5532IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
34Mars Needs Moms$16,436-26%37-15$444$20,909,5879Disney
35Super$16,219-55%30-8$541$300,8406IFC Films
36No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$14,394-59%21-24$685$1,300,5135Lionsgate / Pantelion
37Hobo with a Shotgun$12,046--2--$6,023$12,0461Magnolia / Magnet
38The Company Men$10,56239%3520$302$4,428,04316Weinstein Company
39Poetry$10,141214%82$1,268$307,91013Kino International
40The Robber$9,828-11%61$1,638$32,9892Kino International
41Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$9,543-41%6-4$1,591$558,34212Vitagraph
42The Salvation Poem$8,94457%5-3$1,789$859,85630CanZion Films
43Henry's Crime$8,409-51%5-3$1,682$86,5735Moving Pictures Film & Television
44Lebanon, PA$8,34925%42$2,087$16,6562Truly Indie
45My Perestroika$8,279--7--$1,183$141,5607International Film Circuit
46Octubre$7,054--2--$3,527$7,0541New Yorker Films
47Biutiful$6,708-16%16-6$419$5,071,44519Roadside Attractions
48Rubber$6,005-46%153$400$75,3696Magnolia / Magnet
49Harvest$5,870--1--$5,870$15,5781Monterey Media
50Tangled$5,343-68%17-31$314$199,706,31424Disney
51I'm Not Jesus Mommy$5,280--3--$1,760$5,2801FilmDemic
52Barney's Version$4,731-34%16-5$296$7,465,29517Sony Pictures Classics
53Circo$4,68024%30$1,560$43,6376First Run Features
54Nostalgia for the Light$4,369--2--$2,185$91,3228Icarus Films
55American: The Bill Hicks Story$4,063-60%4-3$1,016$75,6215Variance Films
56The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$3,58325%31$1,194$862,25140National Geographic
57Miral$3,472-40%5-5$694$366,7577Weinstein Company
58The Arbor$3,15920%10$3,159$9,9732Strand Releasing
59Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$3,127--1--$3,127$10,16910Tostie Productions
60Vito Bonafacci$3,027--1--$3,027$3,0271CAVU Pictures
61Galapagos$2,706--1--$2,706$17,969,184602IMAX
62Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$2,588-75%4-5$647$32,9783Variance Films
63Blank City$2,307-26%21$1,154$69,8765Insurgent Releasing
64Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,185-83%4-1$546$143,88934Collective Eye
65Caterpillar$2,109--1--$2,109$2,1091Lorber Films
66Carancho$2,108-32%3-2$703$82,80913Strand Releasing
67Passion Play$2,100--2--$1,050$2,1001Image Entertainment
68The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,078-61%1-3$2,078$93,5006Lorber Films
69The Music Never Stopped$1,809426%73$258$236,8458Roadside Attractions
70Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$1,781-33%31$594$241,87318First Run Features
71The Warring States$1,741-82%3-20$580$67,9913China Lion Film
72The Human Resources Manager$1,597--2--$799$59,70610Film Movement
73The Strange Case of Angelica$1,4721147%21$736$47,74319Cinema Guild
74Sympathy For Delicious$1,381-85%20$691$13,1142Maya Entertainment
75The Illusionist (2010)$1,230-63%4-6$308$2,231,02420Sony Pictures Classics
76Ceremony$1,05711%1-1$1,057$18,9865Magnolia Pictures
77Dumbstruck$969--1--$969$6,5694Truly Indie
78Making The Boys$959-77%1-2$959$27,9339First Run Features
79Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$805-82%30$268$157,11310Strand Releasing
80My Dog Tulip$671-74%1-1$671$243,10936New Yorker Films
81Another Year$609--1--$609$3,201,43219Sony Pictures Classics
82A Screaming Man (Un Homme qui crie)$438--1--$438$9,8624Film Movement
83When Harry Tries to Marry$292--1--$292$38,2613108 Pics
84A Somewhat Gentle Man$287-38%1-1$287$37,54317Strand Releasing
85The Last Lions$21344%42$53$630,04212National Geographic
86Bhutto$17910%1-1$179$100,00923First Run Features