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, Jun. 20 - Sun, Jun. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man Too$29,241,911--2,225--$13,142$29,241,9111Sony / Screen Gems
222 Jump Street$27,460,995-52%3,3060$8,306$109,911,1252Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$24,719,312-50%4,26815$5,792$94,596,0472Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Jersey Boys$13,319,371--2,905--$4,585$13,319,3711Warner Bros.
5Maleficent$12,910,766-30%3,450-173$3,742$185,879,3344Disney
6Edge of Tomorrow$9,820,080-41%3,212-293$3,057$73,991,5733Warner Bros.
7The Fault in Our Stars$8,565,710-42%3,34067$2,565$98,694,0433Fox
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$6,150,460-37%2,681-361$2,294$216,744,7105Fox
9Godzilla (2014)$1,888,304-43%1,365-723$1,383$194,983,3886Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,600,550-51%1,417-996$1,130$40,302,4504Universal
11Neighbors (2014)$1,368,375-42%1,033-863$1,325$145,716,9507Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,708,590-22%961-141$1,778$16,805,7807Open Road
2Blended$1,007,492-42%842-739$1,197$42,358,8835Warner Bros.
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$633,630-34%434-248$1,460$199,510,8358Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$538,050-33%444-133$1,212$34,402,1986Disney
5The Rover$481,214594%608603$791$562,4402A24
6Rio 2$413,379-1%310-73$1,333$127,375,99211Fox
7Belle$318,771-38%244-94$1,306$9,198,2518Fox Searchlight
8Divergent$270,363-29%289-47$936$150,160,03514Lionsgate / Summit
9Ida (2014)$268,8175%13321$2,021$2,065,3308Music Box Films
10The Grand Seduction$240,242-12%12420$1,937$1,769,7174eOne Films US
11The Other Woman (2014)$217,118-11%231-13$940$83,091,1159Fox
12Words and Pictures$214,891-46%175-42$1,228$1,477,7615Roadside Attractions
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$196,797-28%184-39$1,070$256,690,27912Disney
14Heaven is for Real$179,604-46%201-331$894$89,811,56010Sony / TriStar
15The LEGO Movie$172,592-24%31514$548$256,696,31720Warner Bros.
16The Signal (2014)$149,636-4%20484$734$403,5862Focus
17The Grand Budapest Hotel$132,861-32%112-37$1,186$58,347,15616Fox Searchlight
18Mr. Peabody & Sherman$109,413-24%179-28$611$110,844,75116Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19God's Not Dead$92,662-29%112-38$827$60,481,73314Freestyle / Pure Flix
20The Immigrant$88,902-42%110-30$808$1,858,9456Weinstein Company
21Bears$57,271225%11469$502$17,630,68610Disneynature
22Muppets Most Wanted$39,142-42%116-42$337$51,065,72114Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Obvious Child$245,16483%5537$4,458$578,8873A24
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$129,511-5%410$3,159$3,243,36412Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Alone Yet Not Alone$80,550-85%80-23$1,007$830,59239Enthuse Entertainment
4Hubble 3D$51,11812%22-1$2,324$44,704,751223Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Journey to the South Pacific$49,473-14%17-2$2,910$3,321,43630IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6Moms' Night Out$48,847-7%50-31$977$10,166,9867Sony / TriStar
7Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$44,58144%4628$969$125,8883RADiUS-TWC
8Third Person$38,856--5--$7,771$38,8561Sony Pictures Classics
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$36,408148%529$700$8,388,5067Clarius Entertainment
10The Railway Man$35,07539%8434$418$4,361,68511Weinstein Company
11Brick Mansions$32,157-43%60-25$536$20,285,5189Relativity Media
12Fading Gigolo$30,322-40%31-17$978$3,667,61410Millennium Entertainment
13Fed Up$28,092-33%47-9$598$1,401,1947RADiUS-TWC
14Venus in Fur$24,761--2--$12,381$24,7611IFC Films
15Jerusalem 3D$22,561-11%13-2$1,735$4,492,27840National Geographic
16The Lunchbox$22,144-28%260$852$4,135,62617Sony Pictures Classics
17Ivory Tower$20,85717%97$2,317$45,6962IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
1850 to 1$20,6461044%1210$1,721$742,95214Ten Furlongs
19Only Lovers Left Alive$19,755-12%23-4$859$1,696,90311Sony Pictures Classics
20We Are the Best!$14,713-38%234$640$124,2314Magnolia Pictures
21Night Moves$14,258-71%30-25$475$198,2834Cinedigm
22Cold in July$13,784-58%18-24$766$396,5615IFC Films
23A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$12,863--2--$6,432$12,8631Big World Pictures
24A Coffee in Berlin$12,188211%65$2,031$19,6302Music Box Films
25Le Chef$11,290--1--$11,290$11,2901Cohen Media Group
26Borgman$11,22490%139$863$30,6893Drafthouse Films
27Under the Sea 3D$9,40524%7-5$1,344$34,057,448280Warner Bros. / IMAX
28The Last Sentence$9,020--2--$4,510$9,0201Music Box Films
29Chinese Puzzle$8,946-60%11-10$813$292,8076Cohen Media Group
30Frozen (2013)$8,746-58%23-5$380$400,704,37731Disney
31Locke$8,662-25%18-5$481$1,268,4019A24
32Under the Skin (2014)$8,457-12%160$529$2,485,59312A24
33Finding Vivian Maier$7,980-26%11-3$725$1,435,28213IFC Films
34Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$7,363-63%9-2$818$106,3935IFC Films
35The Double (2014)$7,097-2%144$507$152,6087Magnolia Pictures
36Oculus$6,736-41%17-14$396$27,689,47411Relativity Media
37Hellion$6,714-12%32$2,238$14,7552IFC Films
38Code Black$6,319--1--$6,319$6,3191Long Shot Factory
39To the Arctic 3D$5,318-2%3-2$1,773$14,136,984114Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Redwood Highway$4,854-4%82$607$98,93911Monterey Media
41Half of a Yellow Sun$4,513170%3-1$1,504$32,4526Monterey Media
42Lucky Them$3,486-53%92$387$24,1184IFC Films
43Le Week-End$3,414-10%5-4$683$2,216,75315Music Box Films
44The Amazing Catfish$3,025313%21$1,513$4,2202Strand Releasing
45Just a Sigh$3,00260%21$1,501$74,70914Distrib Films
46The Hornet's Nest$2,969-22%30$990$305,0207Freestyle Releasing
47Jodorowsky's Dune$2,732-18%4-2$683$628,89414Sony Pictures Classics
48Particle Fever$2,485125%10$2,485$867,58716Abramorama / Bond 360
49Norte, the End of History$2,164--1--$2,164$2,1641Cinema Guild
50Filth$2,07844%4-1$520$27,4424Magnolia / Magnet
51Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$1,8269%50$365$33,0746International Film Circuit
52Born to Be Wild 3D$1,59136%118$145$23,414,686168Warner Bros. / IMAX
53The Sacrament$1,312-38%50$262$7,3233Magnolia / Magnet
54Bicycling with Molière$1,292-73%2-4$646$52,5409Strand Releasing
55For No Good Reason$976-74%4-16$244$60,2369Sony Pictures Classics
56Godzilla: The Japanese Original$71797%21$359$142,83110Rialto Pictures
57Blue Ruin$550-46%1-1$550$258,1139RADiUS-TWC
58The Unknown Known$480-15%2-1$240$275,65812RADiUS-TWC
59Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$391-67%10$391$59,43219Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
60Deep Sea 3D$294-68%2-6$147$46,065,659434Warner Bros. / IMAX
61A Long Way Off$262-97%1-12$262$27,0133Moving Visions Entertainment
62Manakamana$140--1--$140$22,81910Cinema Guild
63Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$44-77%10$44$3062First Run Features