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. 3 - Sun, Jun. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$55,101,604--3,641--$15,134$55,101,6041Fox
2The Hangover Part II$31,381,234-63%3,6150$8,681$185,808,1942Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$23,887,914-50%3,95227$6,045$100,028,3722Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$17,954,603-55%3,966-198$4,527$190,200,8803Disney
5Bridesmaids$12,040,875-27%2,919-39$4,125$107,167,2304Universal
6Thor$4,250,044-55%2,780-516$1,529$169,122,9485Paramount
7Fast Five$3,165,355-51%2,237-744$1,415$201,979,6656Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$2,769,99244%14789$18,843$6,796,7313Sony Pictures Classics
2Something Borrowed$848,013-54%688-752$1,233$36,673,3305Warner Bros.
3Jumping the Broom$844,909-54%589-350$1,434$35,907,3005Sony / TriStar
4Rio (2011)$738,518-59%691-981$1,069$136,690,3958Fox
5Water for Elephants$694,517-36%572-222$1,214$55,733,1957Fox
6Priest (2011)$376,365-79%583-1335$646$28,713,5774Sony / Screen Gems
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$346,316-20%1224$2,839$3,253,7676IFC Films
8Rango$239,040-34%254-26$941$122,152,49414Paramount
9Source Code$234,874-27%288-11$816$53,850,55610Summit
10Soul Surfer$204,050-49%245-156$833$41,746,3009Sony / TriStar
11Insidious$180,44911%160-26$1,128$53,010,82210FilmDistrict
12HOP$170,150-25%245-54$694$107,802,81010Universal
13Hanna$150,769-31%197-19$765$39,808,8089Focus
14Limitless$150,104-32%232-37$647$78,734,46512Relativity Media
15Everything Must Go$145,809-47%107-54$1,363$2,400,8804Roadside Attractions
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$144,437-57%196-163$737$52,623,4387Lionsgate
17Win Win$124,838-36%14117$885$9,865,93312Fox Searchlight
18The Lincoln Lawyer$112,399-41%133-33$845$56,996,98412Lionsgate
19Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$105,684-34%182-32$581$52,305,51211Fox
20Jane Eyre (2011)$100,817-37%128-15$788$10,867,43213Focus
21The Conspirator$86,697-44%110-27$788$11,328,7048Roadside Attractions
22Scream 4$77,908-38%201-60$388$38,042,4858Weinstein Company
23Mars Needs Moms$55,432-43%100-28$554$21,275,65413Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$631,93569%2016$31,597$1,250,2262Fox Searchlight
2Ready$460,238--97--$4,745$460,2381Eros International
3Born to Be Wild 3D$181,669-27%470$3,865$6,320,4449Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Incendies$175,488-12%9018$1,950$1,179,6077Sony Pictures Classics
5Beginners$141,340--5--$28,268$141,3401Focus
6The Double Hour$121,367-26%6810$1,785$943,5808IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
7Hubble 3D$81,256-21%382$2,138$25,785,90164Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Meek's Cutoff$68,910-29%455$1,531$723,2479Oscilloscope
9Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$65,36667%110$5,942$2,906,723563D Entertainment
1013 Assassins$56,799-31%29-2$1,959$538,0156Magnolia / Magnet
11Gnomeo and Juliet$49,681-44%85-26$584$99,712,43517Disney
12The Beaver$48,595-54%68-41$715$873,9085Summit
13Arthur (2011)$46,211-46%62-15$745$33,015,6969Warner Bros.
14The First Grader$42,536-26%360$1,182$222,3604National Geographic
15Submarine$41,832--4--$10,458$41,8321Weinstein Company
16Empire of Silver$40,052--17--$2,356$40,0521NeoClassics Films
17I Am (2011)$38,590-54%42-12$919$1,447,32416Paladin
18Bill Cunningham New York$37,556-23%220$1,707$1,203,22312Zeitgeist Films
19Potiche$35,148-32%33-3$1,065$1,545,30711Music Box Films
20Under the Sea 3D$34,8121%19-2$1,832$28,653,213121Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Prom$32,599-71%39-59$836$9,933,1536Disney
22Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$30,552-54%80-123$382$9,525,5876Weinstein Company
23African Cats$30,039-60%72-75$417$14,868,1877Disneynature
24L'Amour fou$25,002-40%16-2$1,563$227,5774IFC Films
25In a Better World$21,670-43%324$677$788,69210Sony Pictures Classics
26Space Station 3D$18,415--2--$9,208$83,652,462477IMAX
27Of Gods and Men$18,338-48%29-8$632$3,893,41115Sony Pictures Classics
28The Princess of Montpensier$18,322-16%203$916$304,0098IFC Films
29The Last Mountain$17,570--2--$8,785$17,5701Dada Films
30Winter in Wartime$17,194-25%218$819$463,47612Sony Pictures Classics
31Queen to Play$16,644-36%10-1$1,664$304,82210Zeitgeist Films
32Beautiful Boy$16,162--4--$4,041$16,1621Anchor Bay Films
33Hobo with a Shotgun$12,888-39%14-7$921$627,4525Magnolia / Magnet
34Certified Copy$11,62850%124$969$1,324,19513IFC Films
35Hesher$8,606-71%6-5$1,434$348,1234Wrekin Hill Entertainment
36The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$8,540-84%39-102$219$602,4797Sony Pictures Classics
37My Perestroika$7,025-15%121$585$204,50611International Film Circuit
38Rejoice and Shout$6,589--1--$6,589$6,5891Magnolia Pictures
39The King's Speech$6,499-44%16-2$406$138,788,23228Weinstein Company
40WAR: Women Art Revolution$5,791--2--$2,896$11,2331Zeitgeist Films
41Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$5,59049%4-2$1,398$174,99738Collective Eye
42Kill the Irishman$5,168-39%8-2$646$1,176,25613Anchor Bay Films
43Film Socialisme$4,526--1--$4,526$4,5261Lorber Films
44Tuesday, After Christmas$4,260-34%10$4,260$17,6892Lorber Films
45Blank City$4,1953%20$2,098$93,6679Insurgent Releasing
46City of Life and Death$3,914383%20$1,957$24,1634Kino International
47How To Live Forever$3,90344%20$1,952$22,1004Variance Films
4835 and Ticking$3,249-69%4-2$812$58,7373Image Entertainment
49Barney's Version$2,879-56%6-3$480$7,492,02721Sony Pictures Classics
50Small Town Murder Songs$2,81052%75$401$5,5152Monterey Media
51American: The Bill Hicks Story$2,529233%20$1,265$85,7459Variance Films
52The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,468411%21$1,234$114,21110Lorber Films
53Rubber$2,001-54%4-1$500$91,23510Magnolia / Magnet
54Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,931-40%50$386$169,50914Strand Releasing
55Nostalgia for the Light$1,918--1--$1,918$112,78812Icarus Films
56Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,890197%42$473$16,7164First Run Features
57Circo$1,736-68%21$868$63,01110First Run Features
58The Music Never Stopped$1,586-6%50$317$247,27912Roadside Attractions
59Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,5293%1-1$1,529$48,3027Variance Films
60Dumbstruck$1,415-39%10$1,415$15,0178Truly Indie
61Love, Wedding, Marriage$1,378--2--$689$1,3781IFC Films
62Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,340153%21$670$8,4424Strand Releasing
63Into Eternity$1,246-73%3-1$415$47,76418International Film Circuit
64Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$1,222--1--$1,222$11,53614Tostie Productions
65Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$1,0178%21$509$249,39322First Run Features
66Poetry$843-71%1-2$843$345,24017Kino International
67Biutiful$797-14%2-3$399$5,100,93723Roadside Attractions
68Skateland$71750%31$239$18,8904Freestyle Releasing
69The Salvation Poem$659-3%1-1$659$869,82734CanZion Films
70Pianomania$587-74%10$587$3,5742First Run Features
71Henry's Crime$578-51%10$578$101,8829Moving Pictures Film & Television
72Harvest$529-80%2-2$265$24,0735Monterey Media
73Carancho$326--1--$326$85,36317Strand Releasing
74Dum Maaro Dum$220-89%3-3$73$563,6997Fox Searchlight
75Armadillo$146--1--$146$10,3478Lorber Films
76Orgasm Inc.$101--1--$101$47,62217First Run Features
77The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$66-92%1-1$66$11,3744Argot Pictures