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. 27 - Sun, Jun. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$100,038,390--4,233--$23,633$100,038,3901Paramount
222 Jump Street$15,842,375-42%3,426120$4,624$140,279,2673Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$13,237,697-46%3,750-518$3,530$121,952,2293Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Think Like a Man Too$10,316,397-65%2,2250$4,637$48,084,7572Sony / Screen Gems
5Maleficent$8,376,674-35%3,073-377$2,726$202,010,0645Disney
6Jersey Boys$7,712,264-42%2,9050$2,655$27,444,7502Warner Bros.
7Edge of Tomorrow$5,404,290-45%2,535-677$2,132$84,348,9224Warner Bros.
8The Fault in Our Stars$5,130,777-40%2,845-495$1,803$109,875,7954Fox
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$3,321,427-46%2,014-667$1,649$223,414,8996Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,657,391-3%801-160$2,069$19,413,4408Open Road
2Godzilla (2014)$935,038-50%750-615$1,247$197,020,1387Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$785,770-43%510-523$1,541$147,241,1558Universal
4Blended$593,070-41%475-367$1,249$43,545,8596Warner Bros.
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$562,975-65%483-934$1,166$41,721,9305Universal
6Obvious Child$549,878124%196141$2,806$1,279,5084A24
7Rio 2$443,1997%32212$1,376$128,146,33312Fox
8Ek Villain$414,116--104--$3,982$414,1161Eros International
9Captain America: The Winter Soldier$403,920105%28197$1,437$257,225,89713Disney
10The Amazing Spider-Man 2$322,430-49%274-160$1,177$200,185,5119Sony / Columbia
11Million Dollar Arm$300,252-44%273-171$1,100$35,012,4187Disney
12Ida (2014)$264,794-1%132-1$2,006$2,488,6579Music Box Films
13Belle$255,293-20%175-69$1,459$9,655,4859Fox Searchlight
14The Grand Seduction$238,614-1%119-5$2,005$2,164,2845eOne Films US
15Heaven is for Real$236,59132%21110$1,121$90,175,14111Sony / TriStar
16Divergent$195,788-28%210-79$932$150,544,46415Lionsgate / Summit
17The Other Woman (2014)$161,818-25%195-36$830$83,403,92510Fox
18The LEGO Movie$146,534-15%33520$437$257,000,26021Warner Bros.
19Words and Pictures$136,262-37%105-70$1,298$1,731,6246Roadside Attractions
20The Rover$96,083-80%247-361$389$975,3903A24
21Moms' Night Out$83,74571%11767$716$10,276,5268Sony / TriStar
22Mr. Peabody & Sherman$79,885-27%141-38$567$111,017,44517Fox / DreamWorks Animation
23The Signal (2014)$69,811-53%180-24$388$556,0993Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snowpiercer$171,187--8--$21,398$171,1871RADiUS-TWC
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$144,56712%410$3,526$3,546,21513Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Begin Again$134,064--5--$26,813$134,0641Weinstein Company
4The Grand Budapest Hotel$119,673-10%90-22$1,330$58,550,01417Fox Searchlight
5Third Person$74,53592%1813$4,141$130,2652Sony Pictures Classics
6The Immigrant$68,510-23%61-49$1,123$1,984,7437Weinstein Company
7The Breakup Guru$62,717--12--$5,226$62,7171China Lion Film
8God's Not Dead$60,010-35%90-22$667$60,605,10415Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Brick Mansions$53,43166%31-29$1,724$20,358,68710Relativity Media
10Journey to the South Pacific$53,2358%181$2,958$3,431,06831IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11Hubble 3D$45,510-11%220$2,069$44,811,002224Warner Bros. / IMAX
12America (2014)$38,608--3--$12,869$38,6081Lionsgate
13Le Chef$35,523215%1918$1,870$55,2762Cohen Media Group
14Muppets Most Wanted$30,443-22%67-49$454$51,132,82015Disney
15Citizen Koch$28,686--24--$1,195$109,4274Variance Films
16Bears$26,054-55%72-42$362$17,713,53911Disneynature
17Venus in Fur$24,9561%108$2,496$65,5872IFC Films
18Fading Gigolo$24,535-19%24-7$1,022$3,713,94211Millennium Entertainment
19Fed Up$24,280-14%32-15$759$1,454,2558RADiUS-TWC
20Yves Saint Laurent$24,207--2--$12,104$35,8611Weinstein Company
21Jerusalem 3D$24,1447%141$1,725$4,559,63641National Geographic
22Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$24,096-46%31-15$777$175,8034RADiUS-TWC
23Under the Electric Sky$23,560--9--$2,618$169,2985Focus
24A Coffee in Berlin$23,50193%104$2,350$52,4503Music Box Films
25Code Black$21,905247%21$10,953$32,7592Long Shot Factory
26The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$21,705--12--$1,809$21,7051FilmBuff / Participant
27Ivory Tower$20,635-1%123$1,720$77,6503IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
28Only Lovers Left Alive$19,596-1%22-1$891$1,731,53412Sony Pictures Classics
2950 to 1$17,017-18%120$1,418$770,03915Ten Furlongs
30The Railway Man$16,549-53%38-46$436$4,407,45812Weinstein Company
31Night Moves$15,3778%14-16$1,098$223,6845Cinedigm
32Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$14,287--3--$4,762$14,2871Magnolia Pictures
33Alone Yet Not Alone$14,016-83%20-60$701$883,59840Enthuse Entertainment
34Under the Skin (2014)$12,54748%14-2$896$2,519,75013A24
35The Lunchbox$12,339-44%16-10$771$4,161,44118Sony Pictures Classics
36Locke$11,54733%15-3$770$1,296,45210A24
37Chinese Puzzle$11,41228%143$815$310,0767Cohen Media Group
38A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$11,351-12%20$5,676$33,3162Big World Pictures
39Hellion$10,50556%85$1,313$29,7463IFC Films
40The Last Sentence$9,97111%64$1,662$24,1482Music Box Films
41Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,802-73%21-31$467$8,433,8628Clarius Entertainment
42We Are the Best!$7,536-49%19-4$397$147,3155Magnolia Pictures
43Finding Vivian Maier$7,346-8%10-1$735$1,455,76214IFC Films
44Under the Sea 3D$7,011-25%70$1,002$34,703,419281Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$6,743-8%6-3$1,124$117,9586IFC Films
46Radio Free Albemuth$5,553--10--$555$5,5531Freestyle Releasing
47Redwood Highway$5,3029%7-1$757$109,97112Monterey Media
48Frozen (2013)$5,181-41%14-9$370$400,716,69832Disney
49Ilo Ilo$5,029--2--$2,515$46,54113Film Movement
50Cold in July$4,686-66%8-10$586$409,9156IFC Films
51Siddharth$4,564--1--$4,564$4,5641Zeitgeist Films
52The Double (2014)$4,511-36%9-5$501$162,3228Magnolia Pictures
53Jodorowsky's Dune$4,17453%73$596$635,25915Sony Pictures Classics
54In Bloom$3,238--2--$1,619$55,70725Big World Pictures
55Nothing Bad Can Happen$2,853--4--$713$2,8531Drafthouse Films
56Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$2,72749%72$390$37,7557International Film Circuit
57Borgman$2,635-77%4-9$659$39,5824Drafthouse Films
58Le Week-End$2,442-28%3-2$814$2,223,38016Music Box Films
59Lucky Them$2,274-35%6-3$379$28,5385IFC Films
60The Amazing Catfish$2,134-29%31$711$8,5743Strand Releasing
61The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$1,662--1--$1,662$6,6177First Run Features
62To the Arctic 3D$1,496-72%2-1$748$14,141,127115Warner Bros. / IMAX
63Particle Fever$1,226-51%21$613$869,83817Abramorama / Bond 360
64Filth$1,205-42%3-1$402$30,6265Magnolia / Magnet
65Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$9492057%10$949$1,3503First Run Features
66Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$947142%21$474$60,37920Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
67For No Good Reason$877-10%51$175$61,66210Sony Pictures Classics
68Jackpot$806--2--$403$8061Doppelgänger Releasing
69Test$797--2--$399$18,1724Variance Films
70The Hornet's Nest$717-76%2-1$359$306,9478Freestyle Releasing
71Manakamana$680386%10$680$23,49911Cinema Guild
72Bicycling with Molière$642-50%20$321$54,72910Strand Releasing
73Half of a Yellow Sun$562-88%41$141$37,1267Monterey Media
74The Sacrament$468-64%2-3$234$9,0394Magnolia / Magnet
75The Unknown Known$425-11%1-1$425$276,38113RADiUS-TWC
76Deep Sea 3D$3188%42$80$46,067,438435Warner Bros. / IMAX
77The Jewish Cardinal$162--1--$162$130,04025Film Movement
78Born to Be Wild 3D$94-94%6-5$16$23,419,618169Warner Bros. / IMAX