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, Jul. 11 - Sun, Jul. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$72,611,427--3,967--$18,304$72,611,4271Fox
2Transformers: Age of Extinction$16,302,415-56%3,913-320$4,166$208,833,7133Paramount
3Tammy$12,555,151-42%3,4650$3,623$56,998,7522Warner Bros. / New Line
422 Jump Street$6,501,558-34%2,811-513$2,313$171,762,6975Sony / Columbia
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$6,073,372-32%2,885-412$2,105$152,276,7335Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$5,488,277-34%3,2300$1,699$24,585,8162Relativity Media
7Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$4,750,289-51%3,0490$1,558$25,052,0992Sony / Screen Gems
8Maleficent$4,180,586-32%2,077-312$2,013$222,005,3947Disney
9Jersey Boys$2,517,430-51%1,968-662$1,279$41,712,0404Warner Bros.
10Think Like a Man Too$2,400,983-51%1,231-498$1,950$61,807,2454Sony / Screen Gems
11America (2014)$2,393,811-13%1,1050$2,166$8,211,7913Lionsgate
12Edge of Tomorrow$1,813,249-50%1,103-435$1,644$94,498,3416Warner Bros.
13The Fault in Our Stars$1,506,215-40%1,002-863$1,503$119,629,6996Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Begin Again$2,820,839124%939764$3,004$5,171,5873Weinstein Company
2Chef$1,259,140-26%70115$1,796$24,075,14010Open Road
3X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,025,365-46%655-389$1,565$229,162,4368Fox
4Snowpiercer$635,370-37%356106$1,785$2,635,4723RADiUS-TWC
5Rio 2$392,0996%285-26$1,376$129,626,91114Fox
6Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania$380,011--101--$3,762$380,0111Reliance Entertainment
7Neighbors (2014)$357,625-14%267-48$1,339$148,636,11010Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man 2$344,843-25%275-14$1,254$201,597,62511Sony / Columbia
9Blended$342,8193%33530$1,023$44,713,3148Warner Bros.
10Godzilla (2014)$246,234-41%303-49$813$198,355,1859Warner Bros.
11Third Person$238,026124%227193$1,049$556,5564Sony Pictures Classics
12Obvious Child$219,325-41%134-68$1,637$2,344,8456A24
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$213,468-36%215-36$993$258,258,22215Disney
14A Million Ways to Die in the West$213,320-24%188-39$1,135$42,615,6857Universal
15Million Dollar Arm$186,1582%22461$831$35,643,7529Disney
16Heaven is for Real$151,510-21%173-13$876$90,836,06713Sony / TriStar
17Belle$137,810-27%107-16$1,288$10,249,49511Fox Searchlight
18The LEGO Movie$78,61223%350110$225$257,335,78123Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$387,618--5--$77,524$387,6181IFC Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$151,5172%410$3,696$4,240,61515Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ida (2014)$147,712-37%88-15$1,679$3,119,85411Music Box Films
4Life Itself$141,5558%6643$2,145$329,0212Magnolia Pictures
5The Grand Seduction$121,338-28%921$1,319$2,706,8687eOne Films US
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$69,321-31%63-9$1,100$58,848,86619Fox Searchlight
7A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$65,488-70%56-46$1,169$427,5062Janus Films
8The Other Woman (2014)$65,152-32%96-46$679$83,742,26512Fox
9Journey to the South Pacific$59,243-8%180$3,291$3,682,42133IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
10Hubble 3D$52,611-10%131$4,047$45,057,568226Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Words and Pictures$47,582-51%40-21$1,190$1,986,5488Roadside Attractions
12Venus in Fur$42,21141%197$2,222$170,0774IFC Films
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$41,178-20%78-33$528$111,233,40119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Land Ho!$34,319--4--$8,580$34,3191Sony Pictures Classics
15Yves Saint Laurent$33,887-28%144$2,421$162,2713Weinstein Company
16Le Chef$30,782-31%12-6$2,565$169,8574Cohen Media Group
17Moms' Night Out$22,680-56%54-42$420$10,429,70710Sony / TriStar
18Jerusalem 3D$20,492-30%143$1,464$4,671,77143National Geographic
19Code Black$19,696147%76$2,814$75,3864Long Shot Factory
20Only Lovers Left Alive$17,22711%120$1,436$1,794,05914Sony Pictures Classics
21A Coffee in Berlin$15,4022%10-1$1,540$107,5195Music Box Films
22The Breakup Guru$14,390-60%6-4$2,398$183,6833China Lion Film
23A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$13,822-6%62$2,304$79,4244Big World Pictures
24God's Not Dead$11,622-68%25-35$465$60,722,24717Freestyle / Pure Flix
25The Rover$10,1660%12-9$847$1,043,5725A24
26Under the Sea 3D$10,111-12%6-1$1,685$34,127,720283Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Under the Skin (2014)$9,855-14%9-3$1,095$2,565,63915A24
28Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$9,588-32%91$1,065$55,4403Magnolia Pictures
29Locke$8,741-16%10-1$874$1,329,64812A24
3050 to 1$8,019-14%7-1$1,146$798,53617Ten Furlongs
31Bears$7,107-40%22-9$323$17,769,44213Disneynature
32Fading Gigolo$6,736-43%10-2$674$3,763,97313Millennium Entertainment
33Ivory Tower$6,252163%30$2,084$99,5555IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
34Citizen Koch$6,218--9--$691$142,7296Variance Films
35The Last Sentence$6,002230%64$1,000$38,5904Music Box Films
36Muppets Most Wanted$5,892-46%23-18$256$51,178,89317Disney
37Fed Up$5,878-14%202$294$1,501,12710RADiUS-TWC
38Chinese Puzzle$5,784-28%102$578$335,4309Cohen Media Group
39Frozen (2013)$5,751-20%9-2$639$400,736,60034Disney
40Half of a Yellow Sun$5,1612381%43$1,290$44,7659Monterey Media
41Closed Curtain$5,002--1--$5,002$7,6561Variance Films
42Finding Vivian Maier$4,85453%81$607$1,479,30916IFC Films
43The Lunchbox$4,647-42%105$465$4,185,81720Sony Pictures Classics
44The Double (2014)$4,2136%70$602$178,96110Magnolia Pictures
45The Signal (2014)$4,079-39%15-20$272$597,4205Focus
46The Railway Man$3,284-53%11-3$299$4,435,08314Weinstein Company
47We Are the Best!$2,907-15%10-2$291$159,9717Magnolia Pictures
48For a Woman$2,575--1--$2,575$28,13111Film Movement
49Redwood Highway$2,537-7%20$1,269$119,24314Monterey Media
50Hellion$2,529-54%92$281$46,1105IFC Films
51Night Moves$2,213-77%6-5$369$248,3837Cinedigm
52Lucky Them$1,905-30%40$476$37,8377IFC Films
53Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,895-78%6-6$316$202,4056RADiUS-TWC
54Siddharth$1,718-11%10$1,718$13,3843Zeitgeist Films
55Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$1,534-69%60$256$133,2968IFC Films
56Borgman$1,499-61%5-2$300$51,7226Drafthouse Films
57A Long Way Down$1,426--1--$1,426$1,4261Magnolia Pictures
58The Empty Hours$1,366--1--$1,366$1,3661Strand Releasing
59The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$1,342-69%2-2$671$46,3793FilmBuff / Participant
60Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,218-87%10-13$122$8,456,32510Clarius Entertainment
61Cold in July$1,202-57%5-1$240$416,8438IFC Films
62To the Arctic 3D$1,114178%21$557$14,147,968117Warner Bros. / IMAX
63Jodorowsky's Dune$620-57%2-1$310$644,03617Sony Pictures Classics
64For No Good Reason$607402%32$202$63,03212Sony Pictures Classics
65Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$550-80%2-1$275$44,3839International Film Circuit
66Bicycling with Molière$525-28%1-1$525$57,09412Strand Releasing
67The Hornet's Nest$520-77%21$260$310,18010Freestyle Releasing
68Under the Electric Sky$473-93%1-8$473$196,0777Focus
69The Girl on the Train (2014)$468122%21$234$4682Monterey Media
70Ilo Ilo$441-89%1-1$441$54,07115Film Movement
71Deep Sea 3D$41983%21$210$46,069,917437Warner Bros. / IMAX
72Filth$404-64%2-1$202$33,4767Magnolia / Magnet
73Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$320-51%10$320$61,35222Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
74The Jewish Cardinal$198-4%10$198$130,66127Film Movement
75Born to Be Wild 3D$104-84%4-1$26$23,433,602171Warner Bros. / IMAX
76Nothing Bad Can Happen$65-85%1-1$65$4,6793Drafthouse Films
77The Amazing Catfish$50-96%1-1$50$11,2785Strand Releasing
78Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$12--1--$12$1,6145First Run Features