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, Mar. 22 - Sun, Mar. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$43,639,736--4,046--$10,786$43,639,7361Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$30,373,794--3,098--$9,804$30,373,7941FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$21,568,957-48%3,805-107$5,669$177,097,0903Disney
4The Call$8,900,935-48%2,5070$3,550$31,105,0562Sony / TriStar
5Admission$6,154,984--2,160--$2,850$6,154,9841Focus
6Spring Breakers$4,858,9441747%1,1041101$4,401$5,265,8022A24
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$4,321,388-58%3,1600$1,368$17,411,8182Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$2,949,101-53%2,560-797$1,152$59,036,3844Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$2,588,355-41%2,166-676$1,195$127,770,3007Universal
10Snitch (2013)$1,885,200-46%1,807-546$1,043$40,297,7495Lionsgate / Summit
11Silver Linings Playbook$1,585,071-37%1,044-558$1,518$127,163,61419Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$1,137,864-54%1,279-927$890$68,918,0096Relativity Media
1321 And Over$1,028,521-61%1,134-1290$907$24,163,8414Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$477,522-80%1,494-717$320$53,354,8996Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$720,257-41%489-157$1,473$122,546,76818Fox
2Quartet$578,043-38%425-263$1,360$15,914,27211Weinstein Company
3Stoker$353,32633%275181$1,285$1,124,6514Fox Searchlight
4A Good Day to Die Hard$323,549-72%448-669$722$66,260,7316Fox
5The Last Exorcism Part II$320,567-75%455-1120$705$15,009,4744CBS Films
6Dead Man Down$306,090-86%612-1576$500$10,611,9583FilmDistrict
7Emperor$283,763-55%237-74$1,197$2,600,7323Roadside Attractions
8Django Unchained$283,6190%29630$958$162,007,43513Weinstein Company
9Side Effects (2013)$269,562-50%225-177$1,198$30,980,6737Open Road
10Warm Bodies$238,069-58%299-360$796$65,019,0078Lionsgate / Summit
11Lincoln$217,555-45%292-174$745$181,809,33520Disney / DreamWorks
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$207,973112%20979$995$54,931,8069Paramount
13Wreck-It Ralph$197,051-36%238-39$828$188,742,35721Disney
14Dark Skies$186,012-66%205-498$907$17,015,4975Weinstein / Dimension
15The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$178,205-44%235-70$758$302,695,93815Warner Bros. / New Line
16InAPPropriate Comedy$156,414--275--$569$156,4141Freestyle Releasing
17Argo$142,310-72%185-355$769$135,519,14524Warner Bros.
18Zero Dark Thirty$138,415-68%215-235$644$95,614,94914Sony / Columbia
19Parental Guidance$135,529-11%185-37$733$76,736,12613Fox
20Rise of The Guardians$102,496-41%162-51$633$103,174,22018Paramount / DreamWorks
21Beautiful Creatures (2013)$98,63336%18863$525$19,304,5506Warner Bros.
22Les Miserables (2012)$94,810-52%129-112$735$148,673,16513Universal
23Mama$93,620-34%130-74$720$71,470,86510Universal
24The Impossible$76,890-9%12318$625$18,736,34514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No (2013)$197,5459%6012$3,292$989,9806Sony Pictures Classics
2The Gatekeepers$170,606-25%948$1,815$1,589,3008Sony Pictures Classics
3New World$129,954--24--$5,415$129,9541Well Go USA
4On the Road$102,445--42--$2,439$256,69514IFC Films
5Ginger & Rosa$98,706130%3431$2,903$118,7882A24
6Hubble 3D$76,15531%252$3,046$37,022,041158Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Lore$70,867-28%49-2$1,446$496,8267Music Box Films
8From Up on Poppy Hill$59,6934%64$9,949$131,9262GKIDS
9Amour$55,197-46%90-39$613$6,591,72914Sony Pictures Classics
10Monsters, Inc. 3D$46,816-34%49-9$955$33,760,98914Disney
11To the Arctic 3D$46,427-19%520$893$11,783,18149Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Sapphires$38,372--4--$9,593$38,3721Weinstein Company
13Born to Be Wild 3D$33,191-16%300$1,106$22,268,994103Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Gangster Squad$29,964-10%500$599$45,968,22411Warner Bros.
15Upside Down$26,145-9%3928$670$68,1432Millennium Entertainment
16Space Station 3D$25,24256%50$5,048$87,456,091571IMAX
17Searching For Sugar Man$23,780-34%25-9$951$3,559,83835Sony Pictures Classics
18Parker$23,434-60%55-37$426$17,586,9269FilmDistrict
19Hava Nagila (The Movie)$23,121-50%21-3$1,101$190,9394International Film Circuit
20Bless Me, Ultima$22,701-53%21-24$1,081$1,513,4625Arenas Entertainment
21The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$22,368-59%28-17$799$347,6944Methinx Entertainment
22Gimme the Loot$21,065--1--$21,065$21,0651IFC Films
23West of Memphis$20,620-27%401$516$271,08513Sony Pictures Classics
24Like Someone in Love$20,501-32%235$891$178,7106IFC Films
25Kai Po Che$16,951-62%18-24$942$1,105,5595UTV Motion Pictures
26Camp (2013)$15,975-38%172$940$89,6915Freestyle Releasing
27Starbuck$15,530--3--$5,177$3,470,5551eOne Films US
28Hyde Park on Hudson$14,160-37%20-11$708$6,367,78016Focus
29Koch$13,547-33%160$847$291,5558Zeitgeist Films
30A Royal Affair$12,619-45%12-7$1,052$1,471,82920Magnolia Pictures
31Under the Sea 3D$12,033-31%112$1,094$32,671,385215Warner Bros. / IMAX
3256 Up$11,519-19%16-4$720$624,01612First Run Features
33Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$11,456-56%16-5$716$278,6739Music Box Films
34My Brother the Devil$10,305--2--$5,153$10,3051Paladin/108 Media
35Rust and Bone$9,816-11%172$577$2,057,62618Sony Pictures Classics
36The Waiting Room$9,29490%83$1,162$233,24826International Film Circuit
37Beyond the Hills$8,592-64%7-7$1,227$66,9103IFC Films
38Hunky Dory$7,443--11--$677$7,4431Variance Films
39A Resurrection$7,300--17--$429$7,3001Archstone Distribution
40War Witch$7,20411%116$655$37,9024Tribeca Film
41Girl Rising$7,140-52%4-1$1,785$435,0263Gathr Films
42Deep Sea 3D$6,95325%30$2,318$45,470,062369Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$6,424-48%21$3,212$57,7263Tribeca Film
44Dorfman in Love$6,410--7--$916$6,4101Brainstorm Media
45Any Day Now$5,848--7--$835$194,88915Music Box Films
46The We and the I$5,8390%75$834$28,2543Paladin/108 Media
47Le Pont du Nord (2013 re-issue)$5,333--1--$5,333$6,1451The Film Desk
48Leviathan (2013)$5,27415%20$2,637$37,5444Cinema Guild
49The Silence$5,0305%40$1,258$24,2773Music Box Films
50Leonie$4,5501464%32$1,517$5,2192Monterey Media
51Rangrezz$4,318--11--$393$4,3181UTV Motion Pictures
52John Dies at the End$4,142-31%10-3$414$134,7379Magnolia / Magnet
53Yossi$3,852277%1-2$3,852$111,5699Strand Releasing
54A Place at the Table$3,835-72%17-2$226$191,9594Magnolia Pictures
55Broken City$3,512-32%11-1$319$19,682,78310Fox
56Love and Honor (2013)$2,815--2--$1,408$2,8151IFC Films
57The Girl (2013)$2,745-60%70$392$26,3673Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
58M (2013 re-issue)$2,570-58%10$2,570$13,3532Kino Lorber
59The ABC's of Death$2,558-32%7-7$365$19,6213Magnet / Drafthouse
60Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$2,029-80%6-13$338$53,6763Cinedigm
61The Happy Poet$1,847--1--$1,847$1,8471Cinema Libre Studio
62Sound City$1,801-78%2-9$901$377,0988Variance Films
63Hitler's Children$1,702--1--$1,702$26,08319Film Movement
64Come Out and Play$1,600--10--$160$1,6001Cinedigm Entertainment
65Silver Circle$1,314--1--$1,314$1,3141Area23a
66You Don't Need Feet to Dance$1,239--1--$1,239$1,2391First Run Features
67If I Were You$1,208-69%5-9$242$7,5502Kino Lorber
68The Attacks of 26/11$1,006-91%510$20$248,3464Eros International
69Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$974--2--$487$20,99310Kino Lorber
70The Power of Few$880--1--$880$30,4446Steelyard Pictures
71A Fierce Green Fire$848-89%3-2$283$14,7124First Run Features
72The End of Love$376-90%1-2$376$7,9634Variance Films
73Orchestra of Exiles$29614%10$296$27,67322First Run Features
74Masquerade (2012)$293-90%1-3$293$921,89127CJ Entertainment
75Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$239-10%1-1$239$28,9998First Run Features
765 Broken Cameras$194-8%1-1$194$102,53443Kino Lorber