'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. 14 - Sun, Mar. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Mr. Peabody & Sherman$21,809,249-32%3,95117$5,520$63,789,1652Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2300: Rise of an Empire$19,201,345-57%3,49020$5,502$78,406,8982Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$17,844,939--3,115--$5,729$17,844,9391Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$10,615,305-33%3,18370$3,335$68,805,1153Universal
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$8,075,111--1,896--$4,259$8,075,1111Lionsgate
6The LEGO Movie$7,701,309-29%3,040-250$2,533$236,928,2376Warner Bros.
7Son of God$5,528,497-47%2,990-281$1,849$51,003,2053Fox
8Frozen (2013)$2,147,743-27%1,466-194$1,465$396,386,59317Disney
9The Monuments Men$2,062,783-33%1,594-407$1,294$73,881,4756Sony / Columbia
103 Days to Kill$1,730,343-43%1,566-782$1,105$28,462,7114Relativity Media
11Ride Along$1,377,295-32%1,024-299$1,345$132,098,7609Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Veronica Mars$1,988,351--291--$6,833$1,988,3511Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$1,222,892-42%925-140$1,322$55,090,88422Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$854,351-58%965-749$885$56,524,8825Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$670,063-59%624-450$1,074$47,815,9635Sony / Screen Gems
5American Hustle$608,422-42%503-102$1,210$149,351,70314Sony / Columbia
6Pompeii$588,026-63%671-987$876$22,416,0354Sony / TriStar
7Gravity$547,289-39%320-64$1,710$272,672,18124Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$482,32048%405-85$1,191$62,090,8759Open Road
9The Wind Rises$431,508-52%305-191$1,415$4,280,4294Disney
10Philomena$420,936-38%502-168$839$36,651,09817Weinstein Company
11The Wolf of Wall Street$413,159-40%286-73$1,445$116,345,07312Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$369,034-40%281-31$1,313$26,772,38620Focus
13Lone Survivor$268,585-36%316-156$850$124,572,47612Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$248,215-28%277-56$896$257,805,64014Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$205,25073%268135$766$424,339,13117Lionsgate
16Tim's Vermeer$201,89419%10944$1,852$994,2587Sony Pictures Classics
17Endless Love (2014)$152,885-62%278-258$550$23,393,7655Universal
18Her (2013)$150,628-43%121-34$1,245$25,240,09513Warner Bros.
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$133,17020%15245$876$50,280,8149Paramount
20That Awkward Moment$129,506-41%122-66$1,062$25,844,2277Focus
21August: Osage County$105,089-16%2037$518$37,473,84612Weinstein Company
22Repentance$103,721-65%126-31$823$1,117,3463Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
23Saving Mr. Banks$76,484-18%107-21$715$83,112,86214Disney
24Nebraska$75,224-59%120-60$627$17,613,46018Paramount Vantage
25Thor: The Dark World$50,751-45%100-48$508$206,246,28719Disney
26Shaadi Ke Side Effects$11,592-93%1080$107$911,8533Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,638,041348%6662$55,122$4,776,9812Fox Searchlight
2Journey to the South Pacific$123,49620%170$7,264$1,227,81016IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
3Bad Words$113,301--6--$18,884$113,3011Focus
4Jerusalem 3D$111,25313%291$3,836$3,016,17826National Geographic
5The Great Beauty$98,254-37%74-3$1,328$2,608,78018Janus Films
6Particle Fever$89,633109%1411$6,402$178,8872Abramorama / Bond 360
7The Lunchbox$88,921-23%185$4,940$306,3473Sony Pictures Classics
8Gloria (2014)$82,865-29%75-1$1,105$1,904,8698Roadside Attractions
9Hubble 3D$56,18326%16-2$3,511$42,919,547209Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$55,974-32%88-45$636$58,114,69112Fox
11The Face of Love$51,872110%2017$2,594$85,1712IFC Films
12I, Frankenstein$48,140-31%76-16$633$19,059,0188Lionsgate
13Better Living Through Chemistry$46,435--61--$761$46,4351IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$46,233-6%3714$1,250$187,4874IFC Films
15Le Week-End$43,608--3--$14,536$43,6081Music Box Films
16The Art of the Steal (2014)$40,003--60--$667$40,0031RADiUS-TWC
17Ernest & Celestine$39,556261%93$4,395$71,4423GKIDS
18Walking With Dinosaurs$38,031-50%98-66$388$35,981,74913Fox
19Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$37,761-20%74-37$510$119,793,56725Sony / Columbia
20Stalingrad (2014)$32,788-71%70-73$468$960,2303Sony / Columbia
21The Book Thief$29,506-19%47-2$628$21,401,37419Fox
22The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$23,202-60%16-42$1,450$2,338,7027ShortsHD
23Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$21,235-86%50-254$425$127,343,68013Paramount
24Winter's Tale$19,997-40%50-32$400$12,506,3155Warner Bros.
25Stranger By the Lake$19,768-14%164$1,236$285,1738Strand Releasing
26Blue Jasmine$17,515-42%27-9$649$33,386,09834Sony Pictures Classics
28Labor Day (2013)$14,971-66%42-42$356$13,362,3087Paramount
29To the Arctic 3D$13,49820%8-2$1,687$13,884,319100Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Generation War$12,014106%60$2,002$74,0599Music Box Films
31Delivery Man$11,926-53%28-26$426$30,659,81717Disney / DreamWorks
32Like Father, Like Son (2014)$11,463-46%23-12$498$278,4429IFC Films
33The Past$11,418-47%23-9$496$1,293,16813Sony Pictures Classics
34The Invisible Woman$11,127-36%18-1$618$1,176,73112Sony Pictures Classics
35On My Way$10,536--1--$10,536$10,5361Cohen Media Group
3620 Feet from Stardom$9,853-61%18-37$547$4,929,60940RADiUS-TWC
37Devil's Due$8,653-47%15-11$577$15,818,9679Fox
38Child's Pose$8,62847%84$1,079$50,6544Zeitgeist Films
39Free Birds$8,340-75%32-42$261$55,747,72420Relativity Media
40Under the Sea 3D$8,07815%50$1,616$33,791,554266Warner Bros. / IMAX
41When Comedy Went to School$7,9851%6-1$1,331$348,74333International Film Circuit
42Big Men$7,539--1--$7,539$7,5391Abramorama
43Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$7,256-16%23-19$315$8,307,23116Weinstein Company
44The Retrieval$7,232--1--$7,232$7,2321Variance Films
45Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$6,7961%114$618$95,0906Kino Lorber
46Born to Be Wild 3D$5,42986%70$776$23,211,742154Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Grand Piano$4,99468%75$713$9,8922Magnolia / Magnet
48Beijing Love Story$4,858-61%4-2$1,215$423,9565China Lion Film
49Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$4,749--1--$4,749$47,4765Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
50Interior. Leather Bar.$3,848-65%10$3,848$34,26811Strand Releasing
51The Word$3,648--1--$3,648$3,6481Scarlet Sky Productions
52Vampire Academy$3,508-67%12-20$292$7,759,0606Weinstein Company
53The Rocket (2013)$2,065-77%60$344$48,23610Kino Lorber
54American Mustang$1,935-70%10$1,935$38,7269Vitagraph / Just Media
55Special ID$1,929-69%8-2$241$1,9292Well Go USA
56Highway$1,511-86%1-8$1,511$529,1364UTV Motion Pictures
57A Field in England$1,489--5--$298$30,7166Drafthouse Films
58Journey to the West$1,392-81%3-4$464$11,6952Magnolia / Magnet
59Girl on a Bicycle$1,332-85%1-3$1,332$80,6025Monterey Media
61Maidentrip$1,208-69%2-3$604$55,13913First Run Features
62Big Bad Wolves$805-44%2-2$403$31,3919Magnolia / Magnet
63The Right Kind of Wrong$593--1--$593$5931Magnolia Pictures
64In Bloom$584-74%1-3$584$37,22110Big World Pictures
65Cutie and the Boxer$229-27%20$115$199,27431RADiUS-TWC