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, Aug. 17 - Sun, Aug. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$28,591,370--3,316--$8,622$28,591,3701Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$17,057,385-55%3,7538$4,545$69,618,4652Universal
3ParaNorman$14,087,050--3,429--$4,108$14,087,0501Focus
4The Campaign$13,127,289-51%3,25550$4,033$51,435,8262Warner Bros.
5Sparkle (2012)$11,643,342--2,244--$5,189$11,643,3421Sony / TriStar
6The Dark Knight Rises$11,011,349-42%3,157-533$3,488$409,787,2605Warner Bros.
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$10,822,903--2,598--$4,166$15,100,9181Disney
8Hope Springs (2012)$9,111,529-38%2,3610$3,859$35,063,3212Sony / Columbia
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,834,737-52%2,737-664$1,401$38,747,0583Fox
10Total Recall (2012)$3,472,829-57%2,434-1167$1,427$51,755,2723Sony / Columbia
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,005,507-53%2,274-829$1,322$150,191,9236Fox
12Ted (2012)$1,543,080-52%1,169-1039$1,320$213,064,3858Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12016: Obama's America$1,244,698292%169108$7,365$2,028,0356Rocky Mountain Pictures
2Ek Tha Tiger$1,139,340--118--$9,655$1,484,4041Yash Raj Films
3Step Up Revolution$1,040,170-65%905-993$1,149$32,776,5884Lionsgate / Summit
4Brave$815,785-55%641-618$1,273$229,121,3039Disney
5The Amazing Spider-Man$758,807-64%598-987$1,269$257,435,3257Sony / Columbia
6Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$708,02368%406100$1,744$212,684,70011Paramount / DreamWorks
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$563,293-22%236-50$2,387$8,110,9698Fox Searchlight
8Moonrise Kingdom$503,385-18%282-165$1,785$42,966,19313Focus
9The Watch$502,413-77%513-1950$979$33,062,5994Fox
10The Intouchables$366,655-2%1940$1,890$9,885,07413Weinstein Company
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$312,790-74%424-376$738$3,077,9612ARC Entertainment
12Men in Black 3$303,756-40%258-37$1,177$178,127,91913Sony / Columbia
13Ruby Sparks$301,226-32%218-43$1,382$1,796,5974Fox Searchlight
14To Rome with Love$244,287-42%160-104$1,527$15,553,9599Sony Pictures Classics
15Snow White and the Huntsman$208,615-24%244-29$855$154,660,66012Universal
16The Hunger Games$204,955-37%230-30$891$407,688,21222Lionsgate
17Magic Mike$199,389-53%255-195$782$112,720,1828Warner Bros.
18Marvel's The Avengers$148,968-45%142-78$1,049$617,595,39116Disney
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$112,655-61%199-165$566$64,958,4258Lionsgate
20The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$108,355-36%128-56$847$45,592,32816Fox Searchlight
21Savages$104,720-57%154-164$680$47,057,9357Universal
22Prometheus$76,010-32%101-40$753$126,195,33911Fox
23Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$73,292-19%105-25$698$37,307,1119Fox
24Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$62,668-55%140-62$448$25,240,9887Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Celeste and Jesse Forever$246,92797%6749$3,685$615,4883Sony Pictures Classics
2The Queen of Versailles$208,444-2%83-6$2,511$1,246,6355Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$158,489-24%520$3,048$7,656,27418Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Searching For Sugar Man$106,28368%2712$3,936$309,3594Sony Pictures Classics
52 Days In New York$100,375319%2018$5,019$144,0552Magnolia Pictures
6Farewell, My Queen$96,235-3%602$1,604$966,2006Cohen Media Group
7The Awakening (2012)$95,933--70--$1,370$95,9331Cohen Media Group
8The Imposter$83,63191%196$4,402$273,2456Indomina Releasing
9Cosmopolis$70,339--3--$23,446$266,9121Entertainment One Films
10Bernie$62,219-22%71-17$876$9,046,93217Millennium Entertainment
11Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$49,103-10%3914$1,259$322,1024IFC Films
12Hubble 3D$48,808-6%140$3,486$34,170,342127Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Born to Be Wild 3D$46,684-25%330$1,415$20,580,46372Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Safety Not Guaranteed$40,986-32%54-19$759$3,683,59311FilmDistrict
15From Beneath$36,855-23%15-3$2,457$119,7632Nocturnal Features
16Robot & Frank$35,539--2--$17,770$35,5391IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17The Well-Digger's Daughter$30,05651%141$2,147$180,8975Kino Lorber
18Under the Sea 3D$29,446-24%70$4,207$32,211,933184Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Beloved (2012)$25,825--5--$5,165$25,8251IFC Films
20Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$25,242-36%100$2,524$5,984,0391193D Entertainment
21Red Hook Summer$23,280-42%95$2,587$78,2732Variance Films
22Take This Waltz$18,365-25%24-11$765$1,175,3188Magnolia Pictures
23Painted Skin: The Resurrection$17,791--6--$2,965$17,7911Well Go USA
24Your Sister's Sister$17,5089%26-7$673$1,573,71210IFC Films
25People Like Us$17,308-67%54-86$321$12,412,3868Disney / DreamWorks
26Compliance$16,427--1--$16,427$16,4271Magnolia Pictures
27Easy Money (2012)$13,195-27%5-2$2,639$165,7866Weinstein Company
28Chicken With Plums$11,301--2--$5,651$53,4771Sony Pictures Classics
29Neil Young Journeys$10,78983%239$469$163,8648Sony Pictures Classics
30360$9,077-6%8-3$1,135$64,5393Magnolia Pictures
31Hysteria$8,65950%14-2$619$1,761,96114Sony Pictures Classics
32Side By Side$6,956--1--$6,956$6,9561Tribeca Film
33Dark Horse$5,90913%6-2$985$159,23011Vitagraph
34Death by China$5,701--1--$5,701$5,7011Area23a
35Trishna$5,481-11%11-2$498$234,4326IFC Films
36Max and the Junkmen (2012 re-issue)$4,675-64%10$4,675$25,1202Rialto Pictures
37Meet The Fokkens$4,573-40%10$4,573$19,6672Kino Lorber
38Kumare$4,0610%3-3$1,354$94,3549Kino Lorber
39A Cat In Paris$3,208-45%7-5$458$294,38612GKIDS
40Union Square (2012)$3,064268%20$1,532$39,3476Dada Films
41Monsieur Lazhar$3,008-65%6-4$501$1,991,20143Music Box Films
42Klown$2,663-54%5-5$533$58,2474Drafthouse Films
43Oslo, August 31st$2,642--2--$1,321$75,32513Strand Releasing
44Where Do We Go Now?$2,442620%54$488$524,13515Sony Pictures Classics
45The Magic of Belle Isle$2,401-67%4-4$600$94,6107Magnolia Pictures
46Elena (2012)$2,304-18%2-1$1,152$208,66714Zeitgeist Films
47Unforgivable$2,236-68%2-4$1,118$112,5928Strand Releasing
48Jiro Dreams of Sushi$2,172-31%30$724$2,550,50824Magnolia Pictures
49Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,804--1--$1,804$144,08215Rialto Pictures
50Darling Companion$1,749375%3-1$583$793,35218Sony Pictures Classics
51Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$1,689--1--$1,689$29,41416New Yorker Films
52Why Stop Now$1,641--3--$547$1,6411IFC Films
53The Salt of Life$1,334--1--$1,334$317,06025Zeitgeist Films
54$upercapitalist$1,110-87%10$1,110$13,2202Truly Indie
555 Broken Cameras$1,078476%10$1,078$65,11812Kino Lorber
56The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$1,023-7%10$1,023$43,15319Rialto
57You've Been Trumped$906-60%20$453$10,8423International Film Circuit
58I Wish$788-51%30$263$145,69715Magnolia Pictures
59Turn Me On, Dammit!$727--1--$727$121,11421New Yorker Films
60Damsels in Distress$67051%20$335$1,007,53520Sony Pictures Classics
61The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$498142%10$498$1,125,58822Music Box Films
62Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$384-90%1-3$384$75,30810Music Box Films
63The Invisible War$376-39%1-1$376$54,2089Cinedigm
64China Heavyweight$300-8%10$300$9,3957Zeitgeist Films
65Pink Ribbons, Inc.$165--2--$83$25,67712First Run Features
66The Color Wheel$93--1--$93$17,09514Cinema Conservancy
67Nobody Else But You$83-94%1-1$83$33,13915First Run Features