'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. 27 - Sun, Jul. 29

Wide (1000+)

1The Dark Knight Rises$62,101,451-61%4,4040$14,101$287,112,8102Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,352,646-35%3,869-17$3,451$114,899,8603Fox
3The Watch$12,750,297--3,168--$4,025$12,750,2971Fox
4Step Up Revolution$11,731,708--2,567--$4,570$11,731,7081Lionsgate / Summit
5Ted (2012)$7,353,150-27%3,129-85$2,350$193,618,7505Universal
6The Amazing Spider-Man$6,701,111-38%3,160-593$2,121$241,953,7214Sony / Columbia
8Magic Mike$2,619,128-39%2,075-531$1,262$107,625,9835Warner Bros.
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$1,308,870-42%1,111-429$1,178$62,736,1675Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Moonrise Kingdom$1,434,904-22%853-42$1,682$38,641,40310Focus
2To Rome with Love$1,000,279-30%492-60$2,033$12,910,1216Sony Pictures Classics
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$926,04621%20879$4,452$4,206,9365Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$900,570-33%808-453$1,115$209,570,9708Paramount / DreamWorks
5Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$550,177-52%606-517$908$24,136,0744Paramount
6The Hunger Games$518,940185%310120$1,674$405,882,32319Lionsgate
7The Intouchables$517,51965%194103$2,668$7,774,08710Weinstein Company
8Marvel's The Avengers$512,958-17%373-122$1,375$615,996,80913Disney
9Snow White and the Huntsman$394,050-8%355-54$1,110$153,261,2859Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$335,342-20%276-12$1,215$44,471,60613Fox Searchlight
11Dark Shadows$287,229-76%222-190$1,294$79,350,52912Warner Bros.
13Men in Black 3$183,968-29%187-79$984$175,842,48810Sony / Columbia
14Safety Not Guaranteed$168,8597%14925$1,133$3,202,1268FilmDistrict
15Rock of Ages$160,723-43%302-20$532$38,289,2097Warner Bros. / New Line
16Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$158,049-14%197-69$802$36,778,6146Fox
17People Like Us$112,945-31%165-62$685$12,042,0355Disney / DreamWorks
19The Pirates! Band of Misfits$81,778-28%151-38$542$30,906,70114Sony / Columbia
20What to Expect When You're Expecting$69,299-39%139-53$499$41,102,17111Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1To the Arctic 3D$190,5862%520$3,665$6,410,89115Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$140,822--13--$10,832$180,6581Fox Searchlight
3The Queen of Versailles$136,297166%2320$5,926$221,3942Magnolia Pictures
4Bernie$135,157-16%99-5$1,365$8,593,77114Millennium Entertainment
5Farewell, My Queen$132,322--33--$4,010$367,8463Cohen Media Group
6Take This Waltz$84,033-36%64-5$1,313$981,3135Magnolia Pictures
7Cocktail (2012)$59,918-65%960$624$1,170,2253Eros International
8Born to Be Wild 3D$56,639-8%330$1,716$20,212,75969Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Trishna$53,01226%3822$1,395$158,0723IFC Films
10Hubble 3D$52,0685%11-2$4,733$33,844,318124Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Your Sister's Sister$50,027-25%62-3$807$1,443,8677IFC Films
12The Three Stooges$44,253-17%39-14$1,135$44,239,90916Fox
13Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$41,104--5--$8,221$41,1041IFC Films
142016: Obama's America$39,45919%62$6,577$135,2283Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Killer Joe$36,980--3--$12,327$36,9801LD Entertainment
16For Greater Glory$36,78664%8956$413$5,608,8239ARC Entertainment
17The Well-Digger's Daughter$31,298205%118$2,845$48,9282Kino Lorber
18Searching For Sugar Man$27,459--3--$9,153$27,4591Sony Pictures Classics
19Under the Sea 3D$25,5258%7-1$3,646$31,991,680181Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Bol Bachchan$24,984-64%24-22$1,041$1,216,2584Fox International Pictures
21Shut Up and Play the Hits$23,417--15--$1,561$453,6092Oscilloscope
22Easy Money (2012)$21,91049%53$4,382$83,5143Weinstein Company
23Klown$19,683--3--$6,561$19,6831Drafthouse Films
24Neil Young Journeys$18,2826%165$1,143$111,9665Sony Pictures Classics
25Dark Horse$15,97325%100$1,597$124,6058Vitagraph
26Sacrifice$15,243--11--$1,386$15,2431IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
27Mirror Mirror$14,913-48%56-3$266$64,868,69218Relativity Media
28Damsels in Distress$14,368-32%17-42$845$996,09317Sony Pictures Classics
30Runaway Slave$13,8001752%43$3,450$25,9014Rocky Mountain Pictures
31Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$13,123-18%100$1,312$5,846,6241163D Entertainment
32The Imposter$12,14819%21$6,074$59,5393Indomina Releasing
33Headhunters$10,510-39%11-6$955$1,172,53914Magnolia Pictures
34The Magic of Belle Isle$10,111-35%103$1,011$65,6364Magnolia Pictures
35Where Do We Go Now?$9,4003%8-4$1,175$509,67512Sony Pictures Classics
36A Cat In Paris$9,180-32%12-6$765$255,8819GKIDS
37Home Run Showdown$8,824--1--$8,824$8,8241Image Entertainment
38Hysteria$8,622-62%19-16$454$1,725,11811Sony Pictures Classics
39Monsieur Lazhar$7,598-11%7-1$1,085$1,949,15540Music Box Films
40Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$6,909-37%32$2,303$23,9072Tribeca Film
41I Wish$6,748195%4-1$1,687$132,41412Magnolia Pictures
42The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,049-8%21$2,525$1,117,94819Music Box Films
43Elena (2012)$4,590-62%5-2$918$186,22811Zeitgeist Films
44Union Square (2012)$3,36633%31$1,122$31,9093Dada Films
45Marley$3,05455%31$1,018$1,401,99315Magnolia Pictures
46Jiro Dreams of Sushi$2,905-42%4-1$726$2,533,62121Magnolia Pictures
47Kumare$2,79325%20$1,397$64,0496Kino Lorber
48Darling Companion$2,382-3%71$340$780,58115Sony Pictures Classics
49Crazy Wisdom$2,350-36%20$1,175$83,10236Alive Mind Cinema
50Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,134162%31$711$22,5689First Run Features
51Unforgivable$2,101-77%30$700$96,1955Strand Releasing
52Planet of Snail$2,011--1--$2,011$2,6471Cinema Guild
53Ballplayer: Pelotero$1,986-66%4-1$497$40,6343Strand Releasing
54Bel Ami$1,887-9%21$944$119,9198Magnolia Pictures
55Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,86067%3-1$620$56,12911Magnolia / Magnet
56Oslo, August 31st$1,679-28%32$560$68,69910Strand Releasing
57Paul Williams Still Alive$1,67641%21$838$37,6498Abramorama
58The Obama Effect$1,653-77%2-19$827$110,2513ARC Entertainment
59Red Lights (2012)$1,372-48%1-1$1,372$20,1613Millennium Entertainment
60Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,368--3--$456$65,9437Music Box Films
61FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$1,361489%20$681$111,12313International Film Circuit
62Turn Me On, Dammit!$766-57%20$383$117,89618New Yorker Films
635 Broken Cameras$728--1--$728$61,1869Kino Lorber
64Bonsai$487--1--$487$17,88012Strand Releasing
65OC87$472--1--$472$37,21510Fisher Klingenstein Films
66Alps$393-50%10$393$5,9813Kino Lorber
67Nobody Else But You$348-1%10$348$24,97312First Run Features
68Payback (2012)$325-55%10$325$17,76914Zeitgeist Films
69The Color Wheel$324-38%1-1$324$16,42211Cinema Conservancy
70Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$319--2--$160$17,3469First Run Features
71The Invisible War$200-96%1-3$200$49,6996Cinedigm
72The Fairy$166--1--$166$38,39923Kino Lorber
7330 Beats$106-99%2-13$53$14,6862Roadside Attractions