'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, Jul. 5 - Sun, Jul. 7

Wide (1000+)

1Despicable Me 2$83,517,315--3,997--$20,895$143,074,9601Universal
2The Lone Ranger$29,210,849--3,904--$7,482$48,715,0101Disney
3The Heat$24,763,907-37%3,1843$7,778$86,259,1952Fox
4Monsters University$19,716,347-57%3,739-265$5,273$216,253,9793Disney
5World War Z$18,408,963-38%3,316-291$5,552$158,989,6383Paramount
6White House Down$13,478,486-46%3,2220$4,183$50,485,2492Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$11,414,297-45%2,905-1226$3,929$271,188,4504Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$5,870,167-33%2,104-606$2,790$85,674,3204Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$2,853,191-49%1,606-958$1,777$110,498,6036Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$10,030,463--876--$11,450$17,391,1671Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$1,310,448-38%565-470$2,319$223,065,0118Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$1,073,565-56%617-933$1,740$235,488,6757Universal
5Iron Man 3$481,668-65%294-246$1,638$406,410,98710Disney
6Before Midnight$478,870-25%214-76$2,238$6,576,8947Sony Pictures Classics
7The Internship$459,735-68%379-629$1,213$42,762,5385Fox
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$446,487-22%170-52$2,626$3,054,1465Roadside Attractions
9After Earth$382,27818%270-61$1,416$58,886,9826Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part III$350,6981%33861$1,038$111,254,2437Warner Bros.
11The Croods$342,343-27%269-38$1,273$185,125,18916Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Purge$322,555-74%256-866$1,260$63,552,9655Universal
13The Bling Ring$322,406-61%159-471$2,028$5,119,5834A24
14Lootera$314,958--100--$3,150$375,4421Eros International
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$284,286-27%185-70$1,537$142,907,9049Warner Bros.
16The East$164,483-36%102-83$1,613$1,965,3056Fox Searchlight
17Mud$162,653-21%111-57$1,465$20,861,65311Roadside Attractions
1842 (2013)$119,474-36%182-70$656$94,811,13313Warner Bros.
19Pain and Gain$117,078986%170144$689$49,519,36711Paramount
20Olympus Has Fallen$61,105-40%110-55$556$98,895,41716FilmDistrict
21Raanjhanaa$46,327-76%1020$454$875,0513Eros International
22Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$19,674-64%1610$122$3,807,4886Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Way, Way Back$552,788--19--$29,094$552,7881Fox Searchlight
220 Feet from Stardom$483,959108%8945$5,438$1,075,5294RADiUS-TWC
3Unfinished Song$243,728164%7051$3,482$438,9483Weinstein Company
4The Attack$195,37243%5317$3,686$473,1273Cohen Media Group
5Fill the Void$161,556-12%59-2$2,738$1,205,0427Sony Pictures Classics
6I'm So Excited$141,65246%1611$8,853$304,1272Sony Pictures Classics
7Frances Ha$111,673-3%70-20$1,595$3,644,9338IFC Films
8The Kings of Summer$96,24314%513$1,887$1,084,1796CBS Films
9Hubble 3D$88,52020%9-6$9,836$39,265,749173Warner Bros. / IMAX
10A Hijacking$61,50336%205$3,075$200,8363Magnolia Pictures
11Love Is All You Need$44,467-13%31-11$1,434$1,451,19110Sony Pictures Classics
12Hannah Arendt$40,91287%145$2,922$290,3046Zeitgeist Films
13Oz: The Great and Powerful$35,769-65%96-91$373$234,868,54818Disney
14Stuck in Love$34,967--21--$1,665$34,9671Millennium Entertainment
15Stories We Tell$34,83224%274$1,290$1,440,3039Roadside Attractions
16G.I. Joe: Retaliation$34,192-52%63-55$543$122,476,27815Paramount
17Space Station 3D$33,38498%2-1$16,692$88,237,419586IMAX
18Museum Hours$31,282--3--$10,427$83,7252Cinema Guild
19Under the Sea 3D$28,69333%6-2$4,782$33,190,799230Warner Bros. / IMAX
20To the Arctic 3D$25,353-35%16-36$1,585$13,143,07264Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Kon-Tiki$24,636-12%24-10$1,027$1,406,29211Weinstein Company
22A Band Called Death$19,453-44%14-1$1,390$71,8962Drafthouse Films
23Born to Be Wild 3D$18,868-8%13-17$1,451$22,673,573118Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Scary Movie 5$17,732-80%43-79$412$31,868,31413Weinstein / Dimension
25What Maisie Knew$15,166-16%12-6$1,264$1,023,57310Millenium Entertainment
26Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$15,096--2--$7,548$20,8511Magnolia Pictures
27Copperhead$14,640-74%15-44$976$109,4742Brainstorm Media
28Ghanchakkar$14,627-90%30-59$488$203,0442UTV Motion Pictures
29The Sapphires$13,943-7%15-3$930$2,422,57516Weinstein Company
30Byzantium$12,601-24%60$2,100$43,5102IFC Films
31Dirty Wars$12,004-73%13-18$923$313,1265IFC Films
32Deep Sea 3D$11,105167%42$2,776$45,657,055384Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Renoir$10,355-64%11-9$941$2,176,90715IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
34Escape From Planet Earth$9,221-70%62-39$149$56,885,48521Weinstein Company
35The Company You Keep$8,968-50%13-28$690$5,097,38914Sony Pictures Classics
36Storm Surfers 3D$8,262--2--$4,131$46,73411XLrator Media
37Augustine$7,836231%95$871$73,0188Music Box Films
38SOMM$6,982-60%6-3$1,164$170,5613IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
39Maniac$5,8191%100$582$20,5513IFC Midnight
40The Iceman$5,80550%61$968$1,939,44110Millennium Entertainment
41The Look of Love$5,105--3--$1,702$5,1051IFC Films
42At Any Price$4,1908%72$599$366,24511Sony Pictures Classics
43Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$4,136-9%1-1$4,136$124,51912Kino Lorber
44Redemption (2013)$3,809-81%4-15$952$34,9562Roadside Attractions
45More Than Honey$2,745--2--$1,373$20,8644Kino Lorber
4656 Up$2,363--1--$2,363$699,06327First Run Features
47Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,108-52%2-4$1,054$501,62510eOne Films US
48Berberian Sound Studio$2,053-12%5-5$411$28,6024IFC Midnight
49Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,982-82%5-4$396$94,75212Kino Lorber
50A Girl and a Gun$1,731--9--$192$2,2621First Run Features
51You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$1,669--2--$835$13,2805Kino Lorber
52Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,594-66%3-4$531$356,21319International Film Circuit
53The Wall$1,43270%10$1,432$19,1436Music Box Films
54Shadow Dancer$1,069-75%2-2$535$91,0436Magnolia Pictures
55Searching For Sugar Man$84189%10$841$3,689,69550Sony Pictures Classics
56To the Wonder$579-38%1-3$579$586,29313Magnolia Pictures
57Free the Mind$518-84%2-1$259$77,08810International Film Circuit
58100 Bloody Acres$499-85%3-10$166$5,5032Doppelgänger Releasing
59Lost and Found in Armenia$492-93%20$246$120,4805High Top Releasing
60√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$490-57%1-2$490$12,7935Magnolia Pictures
61Not Today$478-96%2-3$239$312,94113Freestyle Releasing
62Made in Cleveland$405-62%1-2$405$10,6813Striped Entertainment
63No Place on Earth$302-61%20$151$191,06314Magnolia Pictures
64Hammer of the Gods$164--2--$82$1641Magnolia / Magnet
65Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$83--1--$83$14,4904First Run Features