'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, May. 3 - Sun, May. 5

Wide (1000+)

1Iron Man 3$174,144,585--4,253--$40,946$174,144,5851Disney
2Pain and Gain$7,511,315-63%3,28710$2,285$33,830,3902Paramount
342 (2013)$6,055,327-43%3,345-60$1,810$78,181,0974Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$5,642,335-68%3,430-362$1,645$75,814,2503Universal
5The Croods$4,202,639-38%2,915-368$1,442$168,720,7987Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Big Wedding$3,881,857-49%2,6330$1,474$14,216,4222Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,113,00917%1,160-450$1,822$228,858,9419Disney
8Scary Movie 5$1,441,360-58%1,857-876$776$29,609,6684Weinstein / Dimension
9The Place Beyond the Pines$1,280,152-53%1,162-422$1,102$18,676,7926Focus
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,270,094-66%1,804-903$704$118,752,4106Paramount
11Olympus Has Fallen$1,194,650-58%1,632-702$732$95,374,5297FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mud$2,161,801-2%576213$3,753$5,169,6992Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$896,750-62%980-868$915$43,756,7355Universal
3The Company You Keep$703,465-39%541-266$1,300$3,433,1825Sony Pictures Classics
4Evil Dead$614,524-69%959-1227$641$53,200,0135Sony / TriStar
5Tyler Perry's Temptation$411,592-62%504-438$817$51,365,5036Lionsgate
6Jack the Giant Slayer$295,425-30%335-30$882$64,151,56510Warner Bros. / New Line
7Identity Thief$204,010-42%300-125$680$133,454,40513Universal
8Silver Linings Playbook$198,5480%468107$424$131,703,51225Weinstein Company
9Filly Brown$170,666-69%204-55$837$2,605,0903Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Host (2013)$151,722-60%290-321$523$26,143,8196Open Road
11The Sapphires$146,610-18%123-3$1,192$1,636,0927Weinstein Company
12Snitch (2013)$136,017-27%215-37$633$42,524,31311Lionsgate / Summit
13Home Run$128,217-72%164-206$782$2,549,0563IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Escape From Planet Earth$123,640-24%257-26$481$55,210,40212Weinstein Company
15The Call$92,740-71%200-313$464$50,934,4378Sony / TriStar
16Safe Haven$75,723-44%169-90$448$71,210,28912Relativity Media
17Side Effects (2013)$66,16338%16557$401$32,086,04113Open Road
18Warm Bodies$60,294-40%140-50$431$66,359,95914Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1Shootout at Wadala$212,346--89--$2,386$212,3461Eros International
2Renoir$146,02519%7411$1,973$1,073,0106IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
3The Iceman$87,946--4--$21,987$87,9461Millennium Entertainment
4The Reluctant Fundamentalist$86,225179%3532$2,464$129,9792IFC Films
5Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$83,586--20--$4,179$83,5861Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Kon-Tiki$74,097234%1412$5,293$107,2732Weinstein Company
7Life of Pi$58,448-27%99-32$590$124,757,30924Fox
8Hubble 3D$58,00112%183$3,222$37,959,926164Warner Bros. / IMAX
9In the House$47,02662%2213$2,138$137,8043Cohen Media Group
10Trance$44,099-61%86-71$513$2,219,6365Fox Searchlight
11Quartet$43,499-47%86-44$506$18,096,07717Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$41,742-12%72-50$580$67,294,33812Fox
13To the Arctic 3D$40,465-29%520$778$12,368,20855Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$39,630--4--$9,908$39,6301eOne Films US
15The Angels' Share$39,03812%337$1,183$163,7984IFC Films
16Love Is All You Need$36,746--4--$9,187$36,7461Sony Pictures Classics
17To the Wonder$36,444-49%38-22$959$463,2974Magnolia Pictures
18No (2013)$33,452-51%45-29$743$2,196,83112Sony Pictures Classics
19From Up on Poppy Hill$33,278-39%39-5$853$854,0188GKIDS
20The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$32,544-52%82-103$397$22,525,9218Warner Bros. / New Line
21At Any Price$31,67597%1814$1,760$60,8612Sony Pictures Classics
22Spring Breakers$26,483-49%43-29$616$14,000,8118A24
2321 And Over$25,054-63%82-54$306$25,650,58610Relativity Media
24The Lords of Salem$24,212-87%50-230$484$1,143,5413Anchor Bay Films
25Midnight's Children$22,272--10--$2,227$36,5382Paladin/108 Media
26What Maisie Knew$21,480--1--$21,480$21,4801Millenium Entertainment
27Starbuck$20,2666%281$724$3,757,0917eOne Films US
28Space Station 3D$19,35546%52$3,871$87,781,510577IMAX
29Born to Be Wild 3D$19,202-22%300$640$22,570,466109Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Under the Sea 3D$17,9582%18-1$998$32,881,226221Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Blancanieves$17,319-16%153$1,155$219,1026Cohen Media Group
32No Place on Earth$16,296-1%19-8$858$125,4005Magnolia Pictures
33Hava Nagila (The Movie)$15,720106%114$1,429$287,04110International Film Circuit
34The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$15,089-66%10-15$1,509$538,63210Methinx Entertainment
35Dark Skies$14,279-49%29-34$492$17,367,45711Weinstein / Dimension
36Room 237$13,739-31%287$491$247,1706IFC Midnight
37Parental Guidance$13,294-45%42-19$317$77,240,66619Fox
38Something in the Air$13,288--3--$4,429$13,2881IFC Films
39Ginger & Rosa$13,0658%244$544$814,0408A24
40Arthur Newman$13,030-88%35-213$372$190,2552Cinedigm
41Free the Mind$12,215--1--$12,215$12,2151International Film Circuit
42The Gatekeepers$10,902-11%18-4$606$2,347,54414Sony Pictures Classics
43King's Faith$10,381-62%71$1,483$42,3692Waking Giants Entertainment
44Emperor$8,35010%20-6$418$3,309,3039Roadside Attractions
45Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$8,104-15%43$2,026$47,8653Kino Lorber
46Paradise: Love$8,01733%42$2,004$17,3562Strand Releasing
47Lore$7,833-56%8-9$979$874,41613Music Box Films
48Dead Man's Burden$7,620--1--$7,620$7,6201Cinedigm
49Camp (2013)$6,686-86%12-16$557$310,84511Freestyle Releasing
50Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$5,845495%53$1,169$26,7745First Run Features
51Tai Chi Hero$4,986-61%5-2$997$24,4602Well Go USA
52Post Tenebras Lux$4,674--1--$4,674$7,0961Strand Releasing
53An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$4,480-55%20$2,240$17,6762Variance Films
54Django Unchained$4,433-70%12-26$369$162,800,48019Weinstein Company
55Girl Rising$3,870-73%39-33$99$1,097,6579Gathr Films
56Not Today$3,84437%30$1,281$152,8354Freestyle Releasing
57Deep Sea 3D$3,573-24%2-2$1,787$45,525,743375Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Searching For Sugar Man$3,105-41%91$345$3,653,30741Sony Pictures Classics
59Storm Surfers 3D$3,076-58%20$1,538$13,9352XLrator Media
60Amour$3,0040%111$273$6,735,66520Sony Pictures Classics
61Violeta Went to Heaven$2,84480%21$1,422$21,2896Kino Lorber
62Kiss of the Damned$2,723--2--$1,362$2,7231Magnolia / Magnet
63Leonie$2,58424%41$646$48,8268Monterey Media
64Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$2,570--1--$2,570$33,59814First Run Features
6556 Up$2,539-47%2-4$1,270$691,06618First Run Features
66Fists of Legend$2,469-78%3-5$823$133,3894CJ Entertainment
67A Place at the Table$2,026100%70$289$226,35610Magnolia Pictures
68The Silence$1,948740%10$1,948$80,3539Music Box Films
69The Happy House$1,756--1--$1,756$1,7561First Run Features
70Gimme the Loot$1,668-41%103$167$94,7407IFC Films
71Graceland$1,616-88%2-13$808$20,7912Drafthouse Films
725 Broken Cameras$1,604-42%10$1,604$108,54149Kino Lorber
73A Fierce Green Fire$1,5901839%10$1,590$28,48710First Run Features
74Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,538-67%32$513$21,3423Kino Lorber
75Stoker$1,168-52%7-2$167$1,702,27710Fox Searchlight
76Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$1,154-30%2-3$577$336,64815Music Box Films
77Ek Thi Daayan$1,112-94%470$24$111,7303Eros International
78Wrong$1,095-59%4-1$274$45,2096Drafthouse Films
79Koch$911-34%21$456$338,37614Zeitgeist Films
80Hunky Dory$8747%31$291$19,0417Variance Films
81The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$593--2--$297$83028Strand Releasing
82Leviathan (2013)$59240%21$296$54,75510Cinema Guild
83Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$488--1--$488$30,1045Cinema Guild