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, Jul. 13 - Sun, Jul. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: Continental Drift$46,629,259--3,881--$12,015$46,629,2591Fox
2The Amazing Spider-Man$34,628,104-44%4,3180$8,019$200,500,3512Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$22,410,855-30%3,30347$6,785$159,257,2503Universal
4Brave$11,160,522-43%3,392-499$3,290$196,061,3194Disney
5Savages$9,393,840-41%2,6357$3,565$32,125,2902Universal
6Magic Mike$9,021,123-42%3,090-30$2,919$91,841,1983Warner Bros.
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$5,584,027-45%2,004-157$2,786$55,611,7213Lionsgate
8Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$3,800,607-47%2,7322$1,391$18,653,5442Paramount
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,669,675-51%2,285-576$1,606$203,901,3976Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$3,704,507-18%92440$4,009$32,483,0028Focus
2To Rome with Love$2,469,235-20%744-62$3,319$8,587,8624Sony Pictures Classics
3Marvel's The Avengers$1,398,754-35%747-378$1,872$613,660,48611Disney
4Snow White and the Huntsman$1,022,270-42%677-475$1,510$151,630,8007Universal
5Prometheus$978,655-46%559-546$1,751$124,307,4166Fox
6Men in Black 3$875,835-48%497-382$1,762$174,787,8988Sony / Columbia
7People Like Us$793,313-64%961-1094$826$11,194,5363Disney / DreamWorks
8Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$767,753-61%655-1002$1,172$35,915,8424Fox
9The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$651,051-12%342-17$1,904$43,040,82711Fox Searchlight
10Safety Not Guaranteed$339,23434%18273$1,864$2,621,8246FilmDistrict
11That's My Boy$309,444-50%172-228$1,799$36,723,4995Sony / Columbia
12The Hunger Games$279,755-11%212-16$1,320$404,864,65117Lionsgate
13Rock of Ages$271,991-57%255-446$1,067$37,559,9865Warner Bros. / New Line
14Battleship$239,395-16%228-21$1,050$64,734,9509Universal
15Dark Shadows$226,926-26%239-64$949$77,268,18810Warner Bros.
16Bernie$215,932-14%103-10$2,096$8,106,28012Millennium Entertainment
17What to Expect When You're Expecting$176,230-15%221-15$797$40,729,8809Lionsgate
18The Pirates! Band of Misfits$174,655-29%232-25$753$30,466,67212Sony / Columbia
19Your Sister's Sister$153,8211%1016$1,523$1,215,7375IFC Films
20Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$143,6358%168-7$855$213,745,89520Universal
21The Dictator$103,450-28%161-25$643$59,504,4279Paramount
22Chimpanzee$58,387-27%119-16$491$28,801,38813Disneynature

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$790,535111%8162$9,760$1,692,6753Fox Searchlight
2Cocktail (2012)$647,956--96--$6,750$647,9561Eros International
3The Intouchables$356,33331%8323$4,293$3,581,4888Weinstein Company
4Bol Bachchan$228,752-57%980$2,334$1,004,1742Fox International Pictures
5To the Arctic 3D$207,585-15%520$3,992$5,522,81413Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Take This Waltz$147,306-3%482$3,069$629,0253Magnolia Pictures
7The Three Stooges$105,596106%72-4$1,467$44,053,04214Fox
8The Obama Effect$83,896--25--$3,356$83,8961ARC Entertainment
9Farewell, My Queen$72,100--4--$18,025$72,1001Cohen Media Group
10Hubble 3D$63,4341%141$4,531$33,608,970122Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Born to Be Wild 3D$59,402-3%330$1,800$19,958,30267Warner Bros. / IMAX
12For Greater Glory$54,84416%423$1,306$5,494,6147ARC Entertainment
13Mirror Mirror$50,829-20%91-28$559$64,757,06416Relativity Media
142016: Obama's America$31,610--1--$31,610$31,6101Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Trishna$29,140--3--$9,713$29,1401IFC Films
16Under the Sea 3D$27,77924%104$2,778$31,872,457179Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$25,44932%100$2,545$5,800,3301143D Entertainment
18Easy Money (2012)$24,684--2--$12,342$27,7831Weinstein Company
19The Imposter$22,379--1--$22,379$22,3791Indomina Releasing
20The Lucky One (2012)$20,853-53%41-31$509$60,443,23713Warner Bros.
21Ballplayer: Pelotero$20,628--10--$2,063$20,6281Strand Releasing
22Headhunters$17,740-28%20-5$887$1,123,94412Magnolia Pictures
23A Cat In Paris$17,21819%186$957$208,7507GKIDS
24Neil Young Journeys$16,57151%94$1,841$56,5153Sony Pictures Classics
25Monsieur Lazhar$16,1142%10-3$1,611$1,919,84938Music Box Films
26Chernobyl Diaries$14,897-20%23-15$648$18,112,9298Warner Bros.
27Union Square (2012)$14,406--4--$3,602$14,4061Dada Films
28Where Do We Go Now?$13,5791%135$1,045$475,18210Sony Pictures Classics
29Hysteria$13,105-41%28-7$468$1,667,7779Sony Pictures Classics
30Elena (2012)$12,707200%63$2,118$156,2079Zeitgeist Films
31Red Lights (2012)$10,340--2--$5,170$10,3401Millennium Entertainment
32Jiro Dreams of Sushi$10,166-3%8-3$1,271$2,518,24519Magnolia Pictures
33The Magic of Belle Isle$9,244-11%85$1,156$24,9242Magnolia Pictures
34Unforgivable$6,312-61%4-2$1,578$77,4783Strand Releasing
35Dark Horse$6,22631%63$1,038$85,7626Vitagraph
36Damsels in Distress$5,805-38%9-6$645$947,18515Sony Pictures Classics
375 Broken Cameras$5,7004900%10$5,700$55,6097Kino Lorber
38Elles$5,232102%51$1,046$151,24812Kino Lorber
39Kumare$5,1442%21$2,572$53,7304Kino Lorber
40Runaway Slave$4,901--1--$4,901$9,3812Rocky Mountain Pictures
41Crooked Arrows$4,866-12%9-2$541$1,830,4759Branded/Peck Films
42Natural Selection$4,655697%32$1,552$52,80818Cinema Guild
43I Wish$4,196-10%3-1$1,399$120,39910Magnolia Pictures
44Marley$3,556-55%6-2$593$1,388,80913Magnolia Pictures
45Crazy Wisdom$2,946--1--$2,946$71,29434Alive Mind Cinema
46The Woman in the Fifth$2,681-32%4-2$670$112,4985IDP/ATO Pictures
47Alps$2,628--2--$1,314$2,6281Kino Lorber
48Gerhard Richter Painting$2,184225%1-1$2,184$233,93718Kino Lorber
49The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$1,95228%31$651$1,105,04117Music Box Films
50Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,744--1--$1,744$136,82910Rialto Pictures
51Nobody Else But You$1,727-47%30$576$23,84710First Run Features
52Teri Meri Kahani$1,668-92%940$18$781,1964Eros International
53The Invisible War$1,661-26%1-3$1,661$42,9624Cinedigm
54Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,658-35%4-1$415$52,6149Magnolia / Magnet
55The Salt of Life$1,650--1--$1,650$313,70820Zeitgeist Films
56Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,552-42%1-2$1,552$108,51416New Yorker Films
57Bel Ami$1,421-72%2-3$711$114,3716Magnolia Pictures
58China Heavyweight$1,168-69%10$1,168$6,2672Zeitgeist Films
59Crazy Eyes$1,157-64%20$579$5,4622Strand Releasing
60The Fairy$706--1--$706$36,65721Kino Lorber
61Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$668-38%2-1$334$14,0759Music Box Films
62The Color Wheel$654126%10$654$14,6329Cinema Conservancy
63Bonsai$571--1--$571$16,78710Strand Releasing
64Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$521-80%30$174$60,3095Music Box Films
65How To Grow A Band$502--1--$502$12,45114International Film Circuit
66FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$484-85%2-1$242$109,53111International Film Circuit
67Darling Companion$401-81%40$100$774,19013Sony Pictures Classics
68The Turin Horse$377-74%20$189$54,06723Cinema Guild
69Paul Williams Still Alive$370-54%10$370$33,1206Abramorama
70Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$254--1--$254$20,84352The Film Desk
71Pink Ribbons, Inc.$194-85%20$97$18,7627First Run Features