'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, Jan. 25 - Sun, Jan. 27

Wide (1000+)

1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$19,690,956--3,372--$5,840$19,690,9561Paramount
3Zero Dark Thirty$9,700,132-39%2,929-17$3,312$69,803,9796Sony / Columbia
4Silver Linings Playbook$9,444,039-12%2,641118$3,576$68,908,66611Weinstein Company
6Django Unchained$4,946,932-36%2,007-509$2,465$146,236,7585Weinstein Company
7Movie 43$4,805,878--2,023--$2,376$4,805,8781Relativity Media
8Gangster Squad$4,278,235-50%2,590-513$1,652$39,725,1023Warner Bros.
9Les Miserables (2012)$4,221,055-44%2,210-369$1,910$137,546,2055Universal
10Broken City$4,019,558-51%2,6222$1,533$15,289,5472Fox
11Lincoln$3,863,689-29%1,909-265$2,024$167,051,52312Disney / DreamWorks
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$3,385,361-45%1,675-648$2,021$293,323,8317Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Haunted House$3,244,017-60%2,002-158$1,620$35,439,9983Open Road
14Parental Guidance$2,502,684-41%1,736-601$1,442$70,845,4975Fox
15The Last Stand$2,150,562-66%2,9130$738$10,684,5072Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Life of Pi$2,587,148-23%941-315$2,749$103,427,50810Fox
2The Impossible$1,935,638-22%782-104$2,475$13,297,3936Lionsgate / Summit
3Argo$1,812,358-20%635-121$2,854$117,568,78516Warner Bros.
4Quartet$1,159,032281%163131$7,111$1,699,8613Weinstein Company
5Race 2$884,757--153--$5,783$884,7571UTV Motion Pictures
6Jack Reacher$820,389-63%888-819$924$78,173,4826Paramount
7Skyfall$791,239-18%456-51$1,735$302,044,12612Sony / Columbia
8Wreck-It Ralph$731,879-44%588-724$1,245$182,484,64013Disney
9This is 40$719,935-65%507-725$1,420$66,323,7256Universal
10Monsters, Inc. 3D$385,041-49%322-243$1,196$32,488,0706Disney
11Rise of The Guardians$371,328-34%305-169$1,217$100,212,85710Paramount / DreamWorks
12Hotel Transylvania$350,870-4%228-9$1,539$147,615,10418Sony / Columbia
13The Guilt Trip$268,464-56%352-290$763$36,239,9186Paramount
14Hyde Park on Hudson$257,600-39%144-50$1,789$5,311,9698Focus
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$220,734-34%216-90$1,022$291,075,68911Lionsgate / Summit
17Here Comes the Boom$166,870-16%191-18$874$44,912,74416Sony / Columbia
18Red Dawn (2012)$150,184-30%205-44$733$44,537,47010FilmDistrict
19Texas Chainsaw 3D$136,257-89%285-1189$478$33,993,9644Lionsgate
20Rust and Bone$121,542-46%116-52$1,048$1,702,52010Sony Pictures Classics
21Taken 2$65,953-37%124-32$532$139,761,28417Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Amour$467,15325%6428$7,299$1,801,0616Sony Pictures Classics
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$158,3236%62-9$2,554$11,697,92831Fox Searchlight
3Anna Karenina (2012)$110,256-33%98-19$1,125$12,433,44511Focus
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$93,328-57%96-169$972$12,376,2446Paramount
5A Royal Affair$73,03548%402$1,826$853,94112Magnolia Pictures
6The Master$70,422304%3723$1,903$16,128,16720Weinstein Company
7To the Arctic 3D$63,715-13%520$1,225$10,979,72141Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hubble 3D$51,3140%192$2,701$36,089,515150Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Hitchcock$43,657-36%90-32$485$5,857,51710Fox Searchlight
11The Sessions$43,045-1%620$694$5,861,58915Fox Searchlight
12Pitch Perfect$42,765-38%91-34$470$64,966,85818Universal
1356 Up$37,35217%117$3,396$186,3374First Run Features
14Chasing Ice$36,159--27--$1,339$1,065,13012Submarine Deluxe
15Searching For Sugar Man$31,8088%26-1$1,223$3,182,61927Sony Pictures Classics
16The Perks of Being A Wallflower$29,782-42%56-17$532$17,713,83819Lionsgate / Summit
17Born to Be Wild 3D$29,536-9%300$985$21,827,49195Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Beware of Mr. Baker$25,798--15--$1,720$79,7069SnagFilms
19West of Memphis$22,176179%145$1,584$82,0785Sony Pictures Classics
20LUV$19,836-76%21-24$945$138,9782Indomina Media
21Ice Age: Continental Drift$19,015-16%33-7$576$161,299,49229Fox
22Space Station 3D$15,329-15%3-1$5,110$87,035,763563IMAX
23A Late Quartet$14,425-24%10-4$1,443$1,471,80513Entertainment One / RKO
24Deep Sea 3D$12,989-11%40$3,247$45,332,564361Warner Bros. / IMAX
25John Dies at the End$12,467--1--$12,467$12,4671Magnolia / Magnet
26Yossi$12,287--2--$6,144$12,2871Strand Releasing
27Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$10,481--1--$10,481$10,4811Music Box Films
28Under the Sea 3D$9,70672%70$1,387$32,525,203207Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Playing For Keeps (2012)$8,502-52%35-23$243$12,952,5848FilmDistrict
30Any Day Now$8,04555%136$619$170,0917Music Box Films
31Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$6,776-18%81$847$996,24219IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32The Other Son$4,010--6--$668$1,243,24214Cohen Media Group
33The Waiting Room$3,45066%52$690$185,35218International Film Circuit
34The Pirogue$3,444--1--$3,444$4,1321ArtMattan Productions
35In Another Country$3,120--2--$1,560$19,99412Kino Lorber
36Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$2,83888%21$1,419$47,52613Zeitgeist Films
375 Broken Cameras$2,56044%21$1,280$81,49935Kino Lorber
38Killing Them Softly$2,261-64%3-9$754$14,960,1159Weinstein Company
39The House I Live In$2,027-84%1-4$2,027$207,42817Abramorama
40Brooklyn Castle$1,92849%1-2$1,928$211,32815Producers Distribution Agency
41Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$1,821-67%10$1,821$10,9402Kino Lorber
42Starlet$1,738--5--$348$86,16412Music Box Films
43The Revisionaries$1,142--1--$1,142$21,73117Kino Lorber
44Wagner & Me$1,1367%10$1,136$34,1788First Run Features
45Somewhere Between$1,073-82%1-2$1,073$210,97523Long Shot Factory
46The Man in the White Suit (2012 re-issue)$861--1--$861$8,26511Rialto Pictures
47My Worst Nightmare$790--2--$395$19,44615Strand Releasing
48Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$781--1--$781$17,81820Rialto Pictures
49Django (2012 re-issue)$535-55%20$268$22,2456Rialto Pictures
50A Dark Truth$363-14%10$363$5,7504Magnolia Pictures
51The Invisible War$313-77%40$78$64,65532Cinedigm
52Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$200--1--$200$92,72017Roadside Attractions