'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, Oct. 12 - Sun, Oct. 14

Wide (1000+)

1Taken 2$21,873,127-56%3,70645$5,902$86,131,9792Fox
2Argo$19,458,109--3,232--$6,020$19,458,1091Warner Bros.
3Sinister$18,007,634--2,527--$7,126$18,007,6341Lionsgate / Summit
4Hotel Transylvania$17,241,317-36%3,37523$5,109$102,133,9343Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$11,816,596--3,014--$3,921$11,816,5961Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$9,266,940-38%2,78717$3,325$36,015,4033Universal
8Looper$6,201,665-49%2,605-388$2,381$51,344,0903Sony / TriStar
9Seven Psychopaths$4,174,915--1,480--$2,821$4,174,9151CBS Films
10Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,751,572--1,012--$1,731$1,751,5721Atlas Distribution
11End of Watch$1,702,048-57%1,551-819$1,097$36,374,2234Open Road
12Trouble with the Curve$1,555,388-59%1,812-1191$858$32,773,4974Warner Bros.
13House at the End of the Street$1,310,343-65%1,866-854$702$29,996,3474Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,150,06437%726505$2,962$6,135,5094Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$813,379-56%682-182$1,193$13,910,2875Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$511,399-24%465-110$1,100$446,199,99613Warner Bros.
5Finding Nemo 3D$387,942-76%480-1266$808$40,115,1725Disney
6Arbitrage$342,144-47%194-50$1,764$6,653,1495Roadside Attractions
7Resident Evil: Retribution$240,285-79%349-1012$688$41,752,4115Sony / Screen Gems
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$229,297-24%237-63$967$159,818,50714Fox
9Searching For Sugar Man$190,822120%157119$1,215$1,685,69412Sony Pictures Classics
10The Possession$161,024-74%369-452$436$48,732,0487Lionsgate
11The Bourne Legacy$160,460-53%245-237$655$112,582,74010Universal
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$141,692-48%279-255$508$50,466,7479Disney
13Won't Back Down$138,709-86%513-2004$270$5,098,6923Fox
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$122,193-31%176-81$694$48,440,75811Fox
16Dredd 3D$107,349-83%155-676$693$13,157,0454Lionsgate
17Ted (2012)$95,655-35%145-42$660$218,511,80016Universal
18Premium Rush$90,95777%16386$558$20,122,3058Sony / Columbia
19Hope Springs (2012)$87,170-59%215-224$405$63,434,84210Sony / Columbia
20Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$86,625-15%122-33$710$216,366,73319Paramount / DreamWorks
21The Expendables 2$65,968-61%146-167$452$84,501,9589Lionsgate
22Lawless$59,746-82%287-324$208$37,156,1997Weinstein Company
23The Campaign$44,265-75%101-202$438$86,382,82810Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1English Vinglish$437,949-41%880$4,977$1,405,7582Eros International
2The Thieves$136,993--11--$12,454$136,9931Well Go USA
4The Paperboy$96,111-6%4938$1,961$236,9012Millennium Entertainment
5To the Arctic 3D$87,589-15%520$1,684$9,122,05426Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Middle of Nowhere (2012)$67,909--6--$11,318$67,9091AFFRM
7Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$55,809-34%17-1$3,283$438,8374IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8The Intouchables$54,346-49%59-25$921$12,749,65721Weinstein Company
9The Amazing Spider-Man$50,848-59%73-72$697$262,030,66315Sony / Columbia
10Sleepwalk With Me$48,564-48%58-37$837$2,120,4498IFC Films
11The Oranges$44,207-78%56-54$789$319,4272IDP/ATO Pictures
12Barfi!$37,233-77%34-76$1,095$2,779,1725UTV Communications
13Moonrise Kingdom$35,673-35%56-36$637$45,451,32121Focus
14Hubble 3D$33,748-27%162$2,109$34,697,705135Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Born to Be Wild 3D$28,853-17%30-3$962$21,031,13480Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Other Dream Team$27,836114%125$2,320$70,3803The Film Arcade
17Smashed$26,943--4--$6,736$26,9431Sony Pictures Classics
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$25,255-39%36-15$702$11,152,26616Fox Searchlight
19The House I Live In$21,48731%86$2,686$45,7302Abramorama
20Liberal Arts$18,291-42%25-4$732$241,7645IFC Films
21Robot & Frank$16,659-74%34-36$490$3,217,2149IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
22Least Among Saints$15,774--3--$5,258$15,7741Brainstorm Media
23To Rome with Love$15,320-30%249$638$16,654,22717Sony Pictures Classics
24The Big Picture (2012)$13,760--2--$6,880$13,7601MPI Media
25V/H/S$12,333-66%182$685$65,1302Magnolia / Magnet
26Ruby Sparks$11,689147%155$779$2,523,82812Fox Searchlight
27Keep the Lights On$11,08667%63$1,848$199,1776Music Box Films
28The Watch$10,844-63%14-18$775$34,350,55312Fox
29How To Survive A Plague$10,779-10%92$1,198$94,0034IFC Films
30Special Forces$10,759--5--$2,152$10,7591Entertainment One Films
31Simon and the Oaks$9,964--1--$9,964$9,9641The Film Arcade
32Somewhere Between$9,374287%20$4,687$64,3758Long Shot Factory
33The Queen of Versailles$9,205-61%17-14$541$2,358,10213Magnolia Pictures
34Wuthering Heights (2012)$8,803-2%43$2,201$21,9202Oscilloscope
35The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$8,774-18%9-9$975$46,363,98024Fox Searchlight
36Thaandavam$8,223-78%3-18$2,741$206,0253UTV Communications
37Trade of Innocents$7,7401216%32$2,580$8,7552Monterey Media
38Celeste and Jesse Forever$6,25216%150$417$3,077,62211Sony Pictures Classics
39Safety Not Guaranteed$6,208-18%18-6$345$4,007,79219FilmDistrict
40Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$6,093--4--$1,523$23,7292Rainbow Releasing
41Under the Sea 3D$5,562-15%50$1,112$32,395,013192Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Farewell, My Queen$5,46134%80$683$1,341,60114Cohen Media Group
43Wild Horse, Wild Ride$5,080-11%5-2$1,016$111,2058Screen Media Films
44Gayby$4,792--1--$4,792$4,7921The Film Collaborative
45Tristana (2012 re-issue)$4,754--1--$4,754$4,7541Cohen Media Group
46War of the Buttons (2012)$4,737--5--$947$4,7371Weinstein Company
47Chicken With Plums$4,452-68%11-13$405$213,0029Sony Pictures Classics
48The Well-Digger's Daughter$4,252-31%3-3$1,417$325,03913Kino Lorber
49Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,830-88%6-6$638$47,7582Roadside Attractions
50Killer Joe$3,805--13--$293$1,987,76212LD Entertainment
51Step Up to the Plate$3,692--5--$738$33,1965Cinema Guild
52Photographic Memory$3,006--2--$1,503$3,0061First Run Features
53The Revisionaries$2,6873%21$1,344$6,8472Kino Lorber
542 Days In New York$2,581-58%5-9$516$615,54310Magnolia Pictures
55Bel Borba Aqui$2,45531%10$2,455$6,0882Abramorama
56Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$2,079-69%32$693$15,5182Drafthouse Films
57Unforgivable$2,04761%21$1,024$150,44716Strand Releasing
58Compliance$1,555-28%5-2$311$311,9359Magnolia Pictures
59Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,070-45%1-1$1,070$164,51323Rialto Pictures
60Husbands In Goa$1,010--2--$505$8,5854UTV Communications
61Toys in the Attic$823-55%2-2$412$64,9186Hannover House
625 Broken Cameras$741-55%21$371$73,19620Kino Lorber
63Girl Model$645--1--$645$19,9146First Run Features
64Vulgaria$638-94%1-8$638$58,7163China Lion Film
65Nobody Else But You$611--1--$611$42,58023First Run Features
66Now, Forager$453-71%21$227$4,5092Argot Pictures
67Neil Young Journeys$453-88%2-3$227$214,58816Sony Pictures Classics
68Bringing Up Bobby$355--2--$178$1,6283Monterey Media
69Kumare$352--1--$352$125,06517Kino Lorber
70Breathing$316--1--$316$3,3427Kino Lorber
72Radio Unnameable$68-29%10$68$18,4244Kino Lorber