'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. 7 - Sun, Mar. 9

Wide (1000+)

1300: Rise of an Empire$45,038,460--3,470--$12,979$45,038,4601Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$32,207,057--3,934--$8,187$32,207,0571Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$15,829,605-45%3,11323$5,085$52,568,5302Universal
4The LEGO Movie$10,911,385-48%3,290-480$3,317$224,877,9975Warner Bros.
5Son of God$10,379,335-59%3,27111$3,173$41,874,2302Fox
6The Monuments Men$3,074,647-38%2,001-1001$1,537$70,576,2905Sony / Columbia
73 Days to Kill$3,009,910-39%2,348-524$1,282$25,504,1273Relativity Media
8Frozen (2013)$2,954,554-19%1,660-86$1,780$392,994,66816Disney
912 Years a Slave$2,110,812116%1,065654$1,982$53,042,84721Fox Searchlight
10Ride Along$2,024,190-33%1,323-546$1,530$129,988,2708Universal
11RoboCop (2014)$2,018,697-55%1,714-1171$1,178$54,764,8054Sony / Columbia
12About Last Night$1,653,487-51%1,074-730$1,540$46,501,8774Sony / Screen Gems
13Pompeii$1,593,629-63%1,658-1000$961$21,061,6573Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

1American Hustle$1,053,257-45%605-340$1,741$148,384,16513Sony / Columbia
2Gravity$902,1901%38444$2,349$271,814,79623Warner Bros.
3The Wind Rises$901,555-41%4960$1,818$3,488,7853Disney
4The Wolf of Wall Street$688,931-44%359-146$1,919$115,691,78811Paramount
5Philomena$683,630-43%670-427$1,020$35,907,37716Weinstein Company
6Dallas Buyers Club$618,93943%31296$1,984$26,188,54619Focus
7Lone Survivor$420,075-59%472-545$890$124,127,33111Universal
8Endless Love (2014)$407,285-73%536-1338$760$23,102,0754Universal
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$344,20962%333118$1,034$257,397,51613Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Nut Job$325,398-51%490-262$664$61,399,0058Open Road
11Repentance$295,741-41%1575$1,884$917,8382Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Her (2013)$262,253-38%155-95$1,692$24,998,43112Warner Bros.
13That Awkward Moment$219,169-61%188-420$1,166$25,587,7956Focus
14Nebraska$185,122-53%180-109$1,028$17,467,63917Paramount Vantage
15Shaadi Ke Side Effects$166,062-71%1080$1,538$856,3232Eros International
16Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$155,338-89%304-1013$511$127,256,71512Paramount
17August: Osage County$125,418-48%196-150$640$37,304,87411Weinstein Company
18The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$118,417-36%133-65$890$424,088,26016Lionsgate
19Stalingrad (2014)$111,507-78%143-165$780$869,1162Sony / Columbia
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$110,670-59%107-260$1,034$50,098,7048Paramount
21Saving Mr. Banks$93,131-36%128-79$728$82,994,09613Disney
22Thor: The Dark World$91,472-37%148-26$618$206,147,94318Disney
23The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$82,009-31%133-30$617$58,023,61911Fox
24Walking With Dinosaurs$75,984-36%164-31$463$35,892,96312Fox
25Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$47,014-37%111-52$424$119,713,80524Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Grand Budapest Hotel$811,166--4--$202,792$811,1661Fox Searchlight
2Tim's Vermeer$169,03031%6512$2,600$716,1866Sony Pictures Classics
3The Great Beauty$155,58785%7729$2,021$2,440,67817Janus Films
4Gloria (2014)$116,236-21%76-26$1,529$1,778,4787Roadside Attractions
5The Lunchbox$114,779158%1310$8,829$178,6192Sony Pictures Classics
6Journey to the South Pacific$102,7991%171$6,047$1,023,07315IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Jerusalem 3D$98,45825%280$3,516$2,828,28225National Geographic
8I, Frankenstein$70,243-47%92-77$764$18,970,3417Lionsgate
9The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$57,666-76%58-85$994$2,285,8186ShortsHD
10Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$48,944167%2317$2,128$116,7653IFC Films
11Hubble 3D$44,7400%180$2,486$42,705,099208Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Labor Day (2013)$44,417-7%84-23$529$13,320,0176Paramount
13Particle Fever$42,968--3--$14,323$68,2101Abramorama / Bond 360
14The Legend Of Hercules$40,486-42%61-28$664$18,821,2799Lionsgate / Summit
15The Book Thief$36,627-30%49-24$747$21,345,52518Fox
16Free Birds$33,51631%7426$453$55,725,93019Relativity Media
17Winter's Tale$33,126-86%82-623$404$12,470,9794Warner Bros.
18Blue Jasmine$30,095156%3612$836$33,354,53833Sony Pictures Classics
19Inside Llewyn Davis$29,781-25%52-13$573$13,214,25514CBS Films
20Delivery Man$25,512-25%54-24$472$30,637,96016Disney / DreamWorks
2120 Feet from Stardom$25,263232%5544$459$4,908,79839RADiUS-TWC
22The Face of Love$24,660--3--$8,220$24,6601IFC Films
23Stranger By the Lake$22,90586%121$1,909$253,8087Strand Releasing
24The Past$21,358-55%32-34$667$1,271,87812Sony Pictures Classics
25Like Father, Like Son (2014)$21,1134%359$603$255,2718IFC Films
26The Bag Man$17,748-39%1513$1,183$48,8172Cinedigm
27The Invisible Woman$17,31837%19-13$911$1,158,07511Sony Pictures Classics
28Devil's Due$16,215-45%26-22$624$15,801,5508Fox
29War of the Worlds Goliath$13,385--18--$744$13,3851Anderson Digital
30Beijing Love Story$12,472-70%6-5$2,079$413,4204China Lion Film
31To the Arctic 3D$11,25757%101$1,126$13,860,55399Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Ernest & Celestine$10,953-16%65$1,826$25,9602GKIDS
33Interior. Leather Bar.$10,902--1--$10,902$25,84110Strand Releasing
34Highway$10,880-89%9-71$1,209$525,0263UTV Motion Pictures
35Vampire Academy$10,486-73%32-79$328$7,750,2145Weinstein Company
36Grudge Match$9,934-53%45-30$221$29,802,76111Warner Bros.
37The Rocket (2013)$9,118196%6-1$1,520$43,0189Kino Lorber
38Girl on a Bicycle$8,806285%4-2$2,202$76,8604Monterey Media
39Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,683-52%42-49$207$8,294,32015Weinstein Company
41When Comedy Went to School$7,915-15%70$1,131$337,05932International Film Circuit
42Journey to the West$7,456--7--$1,065$7,4561Magnolia / Magnet
43Under the Sea 3D$7,03416%5-1$1,407$33,771,730265Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$6,718-12%71$960$83,4235Kino Lorber
45American Mustang$6,442143%1-1$6,442$35,6738Vitagraph / Just Media
46Special ID$6,153--10--$615$6,1531Well Go USA
47Child's Pose$5,889-33%41$1,472$39,6733Zeitgeist Films
48Generation War$5,821-31%64$970$59,1088Music Box Films
49Adult World$4,963--11--$451$16,7404IFC Films
50Maidentrip$3,957-24%50$791$49,53812First Run Features
51Grand Piano$2,964--2--$1,482$2,9641Magnolia / Magnet
52Born to Be Wild 3D$2,916-45%7-5$417$23,203,137153Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Jimmy P$2,40845%84$301$23,2204IFC Films
54In Bloom$2,261128%42$565$35,6039Big World Pictures
55Almost Human$2,147149%2-3$1,074$6,9863IFC Midnight
56The Best Offer$1,890-48%3-2$630$85,43310IFC Films
57Big Bad Wolves$1,43442%41$359$30,0008Magnolia / Magnet
58Deep Sea 3D$1,018--2--$509$46,024,509419Warner Bros. / IMAX
59Muscle Shoals$1,008344%42$252$695,62524Magnolia Pictures
60Free the Mind$905-54%10$905$155,74845International Film Circuit
61Blue Is the Warmest Color$681-70%2-1$341$2,199,67520IFC Films
62Two Lives$426-67%10$426$2,3112IFC Films
63Cutie and the Boxer$315-77%20$158$199,04530RADiUS-TWC
64Sweet Dreams (2013)$182--1--$182$35,67219International Film Circuit