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, Oct. 19 - Sun, Oct. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 4$29,003,866--3,412--$8,501$29,003,8861Paramount
2Argo$16,445,475-15%3,24715$5,065$43,011,9642Warner Bros.
3Taken 2$13,260,870-39%3,489-217$3,801$105,832,3393Fox
4Hotel Transylvania$13,001,434-25%3,3849$3,842$118,522,3894Sony / Columbia
5Alex Cross$11,396,768--2,539--$4,489$11,396,7681Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$8,815,475-51%2,54215$3,468$31,735,6432Lionsgate / Summit
7Here Comes the Boom$8,407,201-29%3,0140$2,789$23,131,5292Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$6,756,430-27%2,660-127$2,540$45,516,7784Universal
9Frankenweenie$4,329,358-39%2,362-643$1,833$28,238,7793Disney
10Looper$4,202,687-32%2,223-382$1,891$57,842,8194Sony / TriStar
11Seven Psychopaths$3,273,480-22%1,4800$2,212$9,161,4722CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,153,2470%74519$2,890$9,123,8725Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$826,809-51%751-800$1,101$37,895,5715Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$729,354-53%925-887$788$34,084,5725Warner Bros.
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$614,349-65%945-67$650$2,860,4202Atlas Distribution
5The Master$520,677-36%412-270$1,264$14,738,2136Weinstein Company
6House at the End of the Street$468,298-64%746-1120$628$30,782,8625Relativity Media
7Brave$421,577-10%2771$1,522$235,044,70918Disney
8The Dark Knight Rises$359,509-30%345-120$1,042$446,764,06714Warner Bros.
9Student of the Year$326,508--106--$3,080$326,5081Eros International
10Arbitrage$287,141-16%169-25$1,699$7,061,2676Roadside Attractions
11Searching For Sugar Man$197,1883%137-20$1,439$1,968,29013Sony Pictures Classics
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$192,308-16%222-15$866$160,072,50615Fox
13The Bourne Legacy$167,0354%232-13$720$112,808,70011Universal
14Finding Nemo 3D$154,709-60%183-297$845$40,391,8546Disney
15Dredd 3D$106,799-1%1605$667$13,325,9685Lionsgate
16ParaNorman$104,572-5%168-8$622$54,664,35210Focus
17The Odd Life of Timothy Green$103,801-27%194-85$535$50,621,33710Disney
18Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$102,417-16%149-27$687$48,574,36312Fox
19Resident Evil: Retribution$101,275-58%158-191$641$41,954,2986Sony / Screen Gems
20Lawless$86,09644%184-103$468$37,264,1038Weinstein Company
21Ted (2012)$69,745-27%109-36$640$218,628,68017Universal
22Hope Springs (2012)$62,049-29%131-84$474$63,536,01111Sony / Columbia
23The Possession$58,301-64%133-236$438$48,833,6308Lionsgate
24Premium Rush$52,259-43%119-44$439$20,275,4469Sony / Columbia
25Won't Back Down$44,889-68%168-345$267$5,228,7704Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1English Vinglish$180,603-59%880$2,052$1,670,7733Eros International
2The Thieves$152,79112%176$8,988$360,7622Well Go USA
3Samsara$143,61136%7022$2,052$2,001,2839Oscilloscope
4The Sessions$113,467--4--$28,367$113,4671Fox Searchlight
5The Paperboy$111,53116%7425$1,507$394,0853Millennium Entertainment
6To the Arctic 3D$89,0572%520$1,713$9,272,18427Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Tai Chi Zero$85,094--31--$2,745$85,0941Variance / Well Go USA
8Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$73,29831%2710$2,715$547,6865IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Middle of Nowhere (2012)$50,554-26%2115$2,407$123,2962AFFRM
10The Intouchables$45,359-17%601$756$12,822,91222Weinstein Company
11The Expendables 2$45,091-32%92-54$490$84,573,29310Lionsgate
12Smashed$44,64266%2016$2,232$83,2922Sony Pictures Classics
13Hating Breitbart$40,673--4--$10,168$40,6731Rocky Mountain Pictures
14Hubble 3D$37,74512%15-1$2,516$34,776,645136Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Sleepwalk With Me$36,438-25%45-13$810$2,200,2629IFC Films
16The Campaign$34,336-22%74-27$464$86,437,56611Warner Bros.
17Born to Be Wild 3D$31,5659%300$1,052$21,089,64981Warner Bros. / IMAX
18The Waiting Room$29,173--4--$7,293$50,0564International Film Circuit
19Simon and the Oaks$23,205133%76$3,315$37,4772The Film Arcade
20Somewhere Between$22,479140%64$3,747$93,1279Long Shot Factory
21The Other Dream Team$21,260-24%131$1,635$101,0054The Film Arcade
22The Flat$19,916--2--$9,958$19,9161IFC Films
23Moonrise Kingdom$19,324-46%29-27$666$45,489,12522Focus
24Holy Motors$18,866--2--$9,433$27,6801Indomina Releasing
25Brooklyn Castle$18,761--2--$9,381$18,7611Producers Distribution Agency
26Beasts of the Southern Wild$17,413-31%28-8$622$11,186,65017Fox Searchlight
27War of the Buttons (2012)$17,247264%3530$493$24,2732Weinstein Company
28The First Time$17,061--19--$898$17,0611IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
29Wuthering Heights (2012)$16,62789%117$1,512$44,6033Oscilloscope
30The Oranges$16,102-64%15-41$1,073$355,2893IDP/ATO Pictures
31Robot & Frank$15,573-7%340$458$3,241,39910IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32The Big Picture (2012)$15,10210%64$2,517$36,2362MPI Media
33The House I Live In$14,966-30%4-4$3,742$75,9293Abramorama
34All Together$12,887--10--$1,289$12,8871Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
35Liberal Arts$12,687-31%18-7$705$261,7786IFC Films
36Barfi!$10,383-72%10-24$1,038$2,799,4456UTV Communications
37To Rome with Love$9,747-36%328$305$16,668,75918Sony Pictures Classics
38How To Survive A Plague$9,421-13%145$673$108,8095IFC Films
39Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$9,16350%62$1,527$37,4573Rainbow Releasing
40The Well-Digger's Daughter$8,512100%96$946$334,42514Kino Lorber
41The Queen of Versailles$7,602-17%13-4$585$2,371,60114Magnolia Pictures
42Nobody Walks$7,269--2--$3,635$7,2691Magnolia Pictures
43Ruby Sparks$7,218-38%150$481$2,535,81913Fox Searchlight
44The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$7,211-18%101$721$46,377,02225Fox Searchlight
45Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$6,377207%63$1,063$22,8703Drafthouse Films
46Under the Sea 3D$6,35914%4-1$1,590$32,404,271193Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Keep the Lights On$6,311-43%93$701$206,7707Music Box Films
48V/H/S$5,318-57%16-2$332$76,0033Magnolia / Magnet
49Least Among Saints$4,911-69%85$614$21,9702Brainstorm Media
50Chicken With Plums$4,063-9%10-1$406$218,97310Sony Pictures Classics
51Thaandavam$3,978-52%2-1$1,989$212,1454UTV Communications
52The Eye of the Storm$3,895--2--$1,948$78,5817Sycamore Entertainment
53Little White Lies$3,614--5--$723$204,9329MPI Media
542 Days In New York$3,33529%50$667$619,18311Magnolia Pictures
55Compliance$2,58266%116$235$315,10610Magnolia Pictures
56Celeste and Jesse Forever$2,292-63%150$153$3,082,15312Sony Pictures Classics
57Gayby$1,925-60%10$1,925$8,2272The Film Collaborative
58Red Hook Summer$1,608--3--$536$336,85511Variance Films
59Unforgivable$1,540-25%20$770$152,46717Strand Releasing
60Hellbound?$1,485563%32$495$21,9205Area23a
61My Worst Nightmare$1,142--1--$1,142$1,1421Strand Releasing
62Step Up to the Plate$1,088-71%1-4$1,088$35,9866Cinema Guild
63The Invisible War$974--3--$325$62,31318Cinedigm
64Husbands In Goa$950-6%20$475$9,5355UTV Communications
65Bringing Up Bobby$923160%42$231$2,6754Monterey Media
66Photographic Memory$726-76%1-1$726$4,9762First Run Features
67Bel Borba Aqui$681-72%21$341$7,2113Abramorama
68You've Been Trumped$544--3--$181$19,90912International Film Circuit
69We Won't Grow Old Together$446--1--$446$10,76320The Film Desk
70Alps$440--1--$440$13,52715Kino Lorber
71Trade of Innocents$325-96%1-2$325$12,1483Monterey Media
72Sushi: The Global Catch$298--1--$298$4,05512Alive Mind Cinema
73Girl Model$243-62%10$243$20,5927First Run Features
745 Broken Cameras$189-74%1-1$189$73,96121Kino Lorber
75Head Games$143--1--$143$12,0365Variance Films