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.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Feb. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$2,041,655-28%3,141--$650$41,916,6751Universal
2Side Effects (2013)$632,178-30%2,605--$243$11,575,4461Open Road
3Warm Bodies$628,732-19%3,0090$209$38,665,0202Lionsgate / Summit
4Silver Linings Playbook$509,487-16%2,8090$181$91,139,90313Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$421,383-26%3,285-90$128$45,333,5663Paramount
6Zero Dark Thirty$283,355-19%2,562-309$111$84,526,8978Sony / Columbia
7Mama$227,545-23%2,677-104$85$64,754,9104Universal
8Argo$217,208-19%1,405470$155$124,322,01318Warner Bros.
9Lincoln$193,357-22%1,517-239$127$174,268,73614Disney / DreamWorks
10Django Unchained$191,419-18%1,502-275$127$155,165,8957Weinstein Company
11Bullet to the Head$169,411-33%2,4040$70$8,902,1942Warner Bros.
12Parker$161,677-32%2,004-234$81$16,434,2543FilmDistrict
13Les Miserables (2012)$144,495-13%1,447-401$100$144,453,7757Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$112,202-12%1,001-299$112$298,722,1329Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$61,558-30%1,219-261$50$74,585,3047Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$278,990-3%300--$930$2,788,0101Paramount
2Life of Pi$133,178-26%92422$144$109,033,56412Fox
3Quartet$119,750-4%24442$491$5,353,5435Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$77,580-26%739-26$105$16,938,8588Lionsgate / Summit
5Gangster Squad$75,179-27%942-683$80$45,080,4295Warner Bros.
6Stand Up Guys$67,584-22%67011$101$2,993,0432Lionsgate / Roadside
7Wreck-It Ralph$52,178-21%75797$69$184,622,67715Disney
8Broken City$43,677-24%755-1031$58$19,382,4194Fox
9A Haunted House$42,677-29%913-588$47$39,161,7595Open Road
10Movie 43$24,014-23%777-1246$31$8,745,8293Relativity Media
11Jack Reacher$19,823-9%307-143$65$79,178,9808Paramount
12Hyde Park on Hudson$16,594-7%130-14$128$5,881,81510Focus
13This is 40$16,550-8%278-95$60$67,306,9208Universal
14Rise of The Guardians$10,582-13%275-32$38$100,916,50712Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Guilt Trip$9,564-17%225-66$43$36,726,6688Paramount
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$7,366-17%18564$40$34,212,0506Lionsgate
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$7,147-6%160-29$45$291,452,59713Lionsgate / Summit
18The Last Stand$6,612-26%239-450$28$11,927,8174Lionsgate
19Flight$4,807-15%115-85$42$93,764,96215Paramount
20Red Dawn (2012)$3,239-3%105-48$31$44,761,37612FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$11,34820%911$125$12,707,90413Focus
2ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$5,774-51%25--$231$119,3261UTV Motion Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$5,687-9%520$109$11,189,33943Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,80412%47-3$102$12,509,8228Paramount
5Race 2$4,025-54%63-76$64$1,543,7323UTV Motion Pictures
6Lost in Thailand$3,592-4%35--$103$43,8081WAMCR
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,17734%300$106$21,933,14297Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hitchcock$2,167-25%36-8$60$5,933,09112Fox Searchlight
9Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,124-20%81-67$26$13,089,03110FilmDistrict
10The Master$2,069-22%291$71$18,254,70822Weinstein Company
11The Sessions$1,79419%18-11$100$5,939,22917Fox Searchlight
12A Late Quartet$1,26547%120$105$1,516,96215Entertainment One / RKO
13Taken 2$1,057-17%35-48$30$139,844,37219Fox
14Pitch Perfect$1,05017%15-26$70$65,000,69320Universal
15Brief Reunion$258-14%1--$258$6,6014Striped Entertainment
16LUV$1840%3-5$61$156,8314Indomina Media