'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. 25 - Sun, May. 27

Wide (1000+)

1Men in Black 3$54,592,779--4,248--$12,851$54,592,7791Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$36,686,871-34%3,918-331$9,364$523,907,2024Disney
4The Dictator$9,276,560-47%3,0146$3,078$41,124,6642Paramount
5Chernobyl Diaries$7,955,307--2,433--$3,270$7,955,3071Warner Bros.
6Dark Shadows$7,504,387-40%3,404-351$2,205$62,987,2833Warner Bros.
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$7,127,919-32%3,0210$2,359$22,149,1672Lionsgate
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$6,383,20398%1,233879$5,177$16,586,6994Fox Searchlight
9The Hunger Games$2,311,406-22%1,421-643$1,627$395,320,19110Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Think Like a Man$1,465,265-45%786-936$1,864$88,337,2066Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,082,288-31%884-956$1,224$27,286,5925Sony / Columbia
3Bernie$870,15477%19499$4,485$2,221,9605Millennium Entertainment
421 Jump Street$660,79593%364103$1,815$136,503,52211Sony / Columbia
5The Lucky One (2012)$566,829-68%615-1390$922$58,279,6626Warner Bros.
6Mirror Mirror$482,50219%42215$1,143$62,200,7599Relativity Media
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$475,7854%39011$1,220$210,839,55513Universal
8The Three Stooges$322,573-26%325-269$993$42,303,9277Fox
10The Five-Year Engagement$294,555-73%274-901$1,075$27,949,8405Universal
11John Carter$247,940-33%17561$1,417$72,473,55912Disney
12Wrath of the Titans$232,380-51%255-105$911$82,927,7569Warner Bros.
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$177,118-15%175-70$1,012$103,110,61116Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Cabin in the Woods$174,424-54%203-245$859$40,933,1457Lionsgate
15Girl in Progress$127,490-72%143-179$892$2,405,7633Lionsgate / Pantelion
16American Reunion$114,650-57%165-125$695$56,706,7558Universal
17Safe (2012)$62,175-79%112-391$555$16,799,1285Lionsgate
18The Raven$60,013-75%111-321$541$15,735,5035Relativity Media
19Bully (2012)$42,552-53%104-100$409$3,297,0259Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1Moonrise Kingdom$522,996--4--$130,749$522,9961Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$225,5754%501$4,512$2,310,3466Warner Bros. / IMAX
3First Position$149,88161%5615$2,676$493,3384IFC Films
4Hysteria$138,251288%3227$4,320$194,0572Sony Pictures Classics
5Crooked Arrows$137,389-46%6712$2,051$456,8442Branded/Peck Films
6Headhunters$124,76839%456$2,773$570,5925Magnolia Pictures
7Monsieur Lazhar$113,52324%65-2$1,747$1,450,12931Music Box Films
8The Intouchables$103,507--4--$25,877$103,5071Weinstein Company
9Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$85,143-10%87-47$979$8,865,97812CBS Films
10Marley$70,341-4%53-2$1,327$1,162,9296Magnolia Pictures
11Born to Be Wild 3D$65,1818%340$1,917$19,069,21760Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Darling Companion$64,66410%611$1,060$518,4996Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$63,07226%18-2$3,504$32,819,256115Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Where Do We Go Now?$58,261147%2513$2,330$121,5283Sony Pictures Classics
15Cowgirls n' Angels$54,675--50--$1,094$54,6751IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
16Deadtime (2012)$47,32072%13-3$3,640$156,0723Nocturnal Features
17Polisse$46,072178%1411$3,291$74,4412IFC Films
18Jiro Dreams of Sushi$44,10421%35-6$1,260$2,269,17212Magnolia Pictures
19Sound of My Voice$37,41121%425$891$310,3815Fox Searchlight
20Titanic 3D$33,431-34%42-28$796$57,801,0228Paramount
21Under the Sea 3D$31,654-1%202$1,583$31,519,651172Warner Bros. / IMAX
22A Thousand Words$30,963-46%59-51$525$18,429,08112Paramount
23We Have a Pope$28,63128%222$1,301$426,4958IFC Films
24This Means War$26,977-54%44-46$613$54,719,74715Fox
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$22,22631%10-2$2,223$5,562,2071073D Entertainment
26Footnote$19,860-38%31-21$641$1,888,71712Sony Pictures Classics
27The Secret World of Arrietty$18,214-39%26-34$701$19,172,86915Disney
28The Kid With A Bike$16,543-25%20-14$827$1,347,76611IFC Films
29Elena (2012)$14,73063%21$7,365$33,8852Zeitgeist Films
30Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$14,730-22%30$4,910$66,7953Rialto Pictures
31Damsels in Distress$11,918-43%11-27$1,083$824,6188Sony Pictures Classics
32The Artist$11,619-57%20-83$581$44,575,36927Weinstein Company
33God Bless America$10,970-19%150$731$77,0653Magnolia / Magnet
34I Wish$10,610284%52$2,122$32,1203Magnolia Pictures
35The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$10,606-50%19-20$558$1,059,03410Music Box Films
37Elles$9,65023%82$1,206$118,7505Kino Lorber
38Oslo, August 31st$9,564--2--$4,782$9,5641Strand Releasing
39FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$8,856-61%9-10$984$63,7754International Film Circuit
40A Separation$8,84113%10-7$884$7,078,65522Sony Pictures Classics
41Act of Valor$8,221-84%39-57$211$70,002,49814Relativity Media
42The Raid: Redemption$7,754-25%12-3$646$4,080,43110Sony Pictures Classics
43Friends With Kids$6,218-43%9-16$691$7,238,97712Roadside Attractions
44The Perfect Family$6,114-45%6-6$1,019$90,0614Variance Films
45Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,049-42%22-18$275$133,095,13724Fox
46OC87$5,733--1--$5,733$5,7331Fisher Klingenstein Films
47October Baby$5,505-53%16-20$344$5,334,23531IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
48The Salt of Life$5,287331%42$1,322$301,73413Zeitgeist Films
49Undefeated$3,951-4%6-3$659$555,16515Weinstein Company
50Turn Me On, Dammit!$3,73695%20$1,868$71,5289New Yorker Films
51Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,674--2--$1,837$128,89721Cinema Guild
52Whores' Glory$3,250--2--$1,625$14,7805Kino Lorber
53Goon$2,916261%51$583$4,167,8279Magnolia / Magnet
54Beyond the Black Rainbow$2,877-42%20$1,439$11,7292Magnolia / Magnet
55Hit So Hard$2,478188%30$826$28,4197Variance Films
56Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$2,33339%31$778$5,2972Music Box Films
57Bonsai$2,274-14%20$1,137$9,5883Strand Releasing
58Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$2,230--1--$2,230$2,2301Music Box Films
59Gerhard Richter Painting$1,977-40%30$659$184,07411Kino Lorber
60Surviving Progress$1,966-13%20$983$35,2168First Run Features
61Tonight You're Mine$1,934--3--$645$5,0863Roadside Attractions
62Keyhole$1,83491%51$367$18,6408Monterey Media
63Coriolanus$1,724-66%4-4$431$756,02619Weinstein Company
64The Women on the 6th Floor$1,612--2--$806$711,28334Strand Releasing
65Red Tails$1,55949%74$223$49,871,44019Fox
66Virginia$1,516-78%2-3$758$11,0692Entertainment One Films
67Lovely Molly$1,423-89%2-3$712$17,9772Image Entertainment
68Jesus Henry Christ$1,257159%21$629$18,3906Entertainment One Films
69Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$1,169--1--$1,169$5,0993Long Shot Factory
70The Hunter (2012)$1,076-30%30$359$170,5448Magnolia Pictures
71The Turin Horse$938--1--$938$47,93816Cinema Guild
72Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$913-57%7-4$130$97,2973Magnolia Pictures
73The Color Wheel$812-79%1-1$812$6,7022Cinema Conservancy
74Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$772-60%10$772$4,1522First Run Features
75Blue Like Jazz$493-73%3-4$164$594,4677Roadside Attractions
76Nobody Else But You$387-37%10$387$7,0563First Run Features
77Payback (2012)$363-60%1-2$363$12,1615Zeitgeist Films
78Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$250-15%10$250$43,456,38216Fox
79The Fairy$156-69%1-1$156$24,04114Kino Lorber