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, Apr. 19 - Sun, Apr. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$37,054,485--3,783--$9,795$37,054,4851Universal
242 (2013)$17,721,410-36%3,250247$5,453$53,753,5112Warner Bros.
3The Croods$9,235,295-30%3,435-254$2,689$154,633,0375Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Scary Movie 5$6,150,584-57%3,4020$1,808$22,798,1762Weinstein / Dimension
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$5,763,891-47%3,175-360$1,815$111,200,1574Paramount
6The Place Beyond the Pines$4,917,54527%1,5421028$3,189$11,642,6454Focus
7Olympus Has Fallen$4,475,543-38%2,638-297$1,697$88,776,7955FilmDistrict
8Evil Dead$4,112,001-57%2,823-202$1,457$48,456,9513Sony / TriStar
9Jurassic Park 3D$4,054,285-54%2,330-448$1,740$38,525,3753Universal
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$3,004,644-38%2,045-459$1,469$223,726,7527Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$2,220,291-51%1,405-400$1,580$48,884,4564Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$1,000,125-58%1,356-816$738$25,178,8784Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Home Run$1,582,466--381--$4,153$1,582,4661IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
2Filly Brown$1,478,323--188--$7,863$1,478,3231Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The Call$878,294-55%977-653$899$50,100,4436Sony / TriStar
4The Lords of Salem$642,942--355--$1,811$642,9421Anchor Bay Films
5Silver Linings Playbook$547,66034%867416$632$131,030,87523Weinstein Company
6Identity Thief$484,785-10%480-84$1,010$132,675,99511Universal
7Trance$403,782-55%4435$911$1,826,3963Fox Searchlight
8Admission$341,753-61%485-424$705$17,452,4975Focus
9Side Effects (2013)$300,815467%645592$466$31,803,64511Open Road
10The Sapphires$254,9692%11421$2,237$1,137,7275Weinstein Company
11Jack the Giant Slayer$209,962-35%255-76$823$63,261,1268Warner Bros. / New Line
12Safe Haven$209,19316%32548$644$70,876,74510Relativity Media
13Life of Pi$161,965-32%193-24$839$124,525,08422Fox
14The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$157,0852%265-9$593$22,339,6676Warner Bros. / New Line
15Quartet$155,079-32%176-48$881$17,843,84415Weinstein Company
16Warm Bodies$150,614-32%240-39$628$66,118,64312Lionsgate / Summit
17Escape From Planet Earth$144,392-9%240-36$602$54,849,38110Weinstein Company
18Spring Breakers$103,221-73%122-304$846$13,831,7486A24
19Girl Rising$98,6682603%170122$580$849,4847Gathr Films
20A Good Day to Die Hard$95,293-37%170-40$561$67,153,51310Fox
21Snitch (2013)$80,624-39%161-54$501$42,111,9929Lionsgate / Summit
22Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$61,553-39%112-42$550$55,682,07013Paramount
23Wreck-It Ralph$52,435-34%114-20$460$189,358,96125Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Company You Keep$396,38543%8443$4,719$950,4823Sony Pictures Classics
2Renoir$141,176-23%567$2,521$658,0434IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
3No (2013)$117,501-24%88-11$1,335$2,026,69910Sony Pictures Classics
4To the Wonder$107,434-8%4932$2,193$262,3142Magnolia Pictures
5From Up on Poppy Hill$74,237-21%48-1$1,547$722,4246GKIDS
6Upstream Color$69,260-3%3019$2,309$211,3963ERBP
7Dark Skies$67,99595%9166$747$17,293,0659Weinstein / Dimension
8Ek Thi Daayan$65,857--47--$1,401$65,8571Eros International
9Hubble 3D$59,462-6%16-2$3,716$37,721,022162Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Parental Guidance$55,6045%900$618$77,184,90717Fox
11Camp (2013)$49,13044%3211$1,535$230,0459Freestyle Releasing
12To the Arctic 3D$45,985-17%520$884$12,197,94253Warner Bros. / IMAX
1321 And Over$39,217-49%50-57$784$25,505,4758Relativity Media
14Django Unchained$38,609-52%77-49$501$162,760,25617Weinstein Company
15Monsters, Inc. 3D$35,458-13%29-1$1,223$33,989,17718Disney
16The Angels' Share$31,60868%1512$2,107$57,3462IFC Films
17In the House$31,441--3--$10,480$31,4411Cohen Media Group
18The Gatekeepers$29,718-59%50-40$594$2,316,55412Sony Pictures Classics
19Blancanieves$27,871-1%2710$1,032$155,8764Cohen Media Group
20Room 237$26,741-25%277$990$189,3354IFC Midnight
21Emperor$26,051-50%64-32$407$3,274,2487Roadside Attractions
22Starbuck$25,943-20%29-3$895$3,696,7785eOne Films US
23Fists of Legend$25,542-48%18-5$1,419$100,6452CJ Entertainment
24Ginger & Rosa$24,435-56%48-23$509$759,5026A24
25Lore$23,225-29%27-6$860$823,60711Music Box Films
26Space Station 3D$20,244-5%3-2$6,748$87,703,950575IMAX
27Not Today$19,591-80%20-21$980$138,6772Freestyle Releasing
28The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$18,817-39%51-4$369$303,001,22919Warner Bros. / New Line
29It's a Disaster$18,08818%1310$1,391$38,1002Oscilloscope
30Under the Sea 3D$17,931-3%17-1$1,055$32,819,004219Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Born to Be Wild 3D$17,0947%300$570$22,493,946107Warner Bros. / IMAX
32No Place on Earth$16,995-31%165$1,062$72,2953Magnolia Pictures
33Argo$16,874-71%43-129$392$136,019,44828Warner Bros.
34Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$13,802--1--$13,802$18,9841Kino Lorber
35On the Road$13,083-63%33-31$396$705,92118IFC Films
36Lincoln$10,370-55%25-33$415$182,204,44024Disney / DreamWorks
37Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$10,341--1--$10,341$10,3411Rialto Pictures
38Stoker$10,134-16%28-2$362$1,690,8878Fox Searchlight
39Searching For Sugar Man$8,209-11%13-1$631$3,640,51939Sony Pictures Classics
40Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$7,937--1--$7,937$8,7971Kino Lorber
41Amour$7,829-43%19-9$412$6,726,70518Sony Pictures Classics
42A Royal Affair$6,378-2%60$1,063$1,540,59824Magnolia Pictures
43Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$6,18520%9-1$687$330,87313Music Box Films
4456 Up$5,453174%51$1,091$679,65916First Run Features
45A Place at the Table$5,04561%112$459$218,0448Magnolia Pictures
46Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$4,56096%4-1$1,140$16,2733First Run Features
47Gimme the Loot$4,508-27%70$644$85,3145IFC Films
48Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,341-37%9-2$482$257,4418International Film Circuit
49Settai$4,116-73%2-13$2,058$84,4053UTV Motion Pictures
50Leonie$3,976-60%9-2$442$39,4586Monterey Media
51Herman's House$3,552--1--$3,552$3,5521First Run Features
52Deep Sea 3D$3,030-63%2-1$1,515$45,510,551373Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Like Someone in Love$3,011-40%11-3$274$221,39010IFC Films
54Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$2,886-85%2-11$1,443$124,3663CodeBlack Films
55Beyond the Hills$2,758-41%103$276$109,2487IFC Films
56Violeta Went to Heaven$2,69496%31$898$14,4094Kino Lorber
57Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$2,667-56%10$2,667$27,2833Cinema Guild
58Koch$2,550-48%2-1$1,275$332,62912Zeitgeist Films
59Pawn$2,137--1--$2,137$2,1371Anchor Bay Films
60A Fierce Green Fire$2,118472%43$530$22,9188First Run Features
61West of Memphis$1,951-40%5-12$390$309,86417Sony Pictures Classics
62Simon Killer$1,900-65%20$950$16,9513IFC Films
63Leviathan (2013)$1,704-42%4-1$426$52,2808Cinema Guild
64Night Across the Street$1,011--2--$506$14,04611Cinema Guild
65Kai Po Che$92071%21$460$1,121,8169UTV Motion Pictures
66The Silence$739-48%3-1$246$77,7357Music Box Films
67Into the White$387330%10$387$5472Magnolia Pictures
68Wrong$381-52%43$95$38,7914Drafthouse Films
69The Waiting Room$210-58%10$210$243,60730International Film Circuit
70If I Were You$210--1--$210$8,5226Kino Lorber
71Himmatwala$133-80%1-2$133$270,8804UTV Motion Pictures
72Neighboring Sounds$111-97%1-2$111$57,72935Cinema Guild