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 Sat, Mar. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$33,017,57037%3,912--$8,440$57,114,1921Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$4,494,76578%3,5250$1,275$40,812,6352Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$2,986,99066%3,002-228$995$114,999,0755Universal
4Snitch (2013)$2,333,54366%2,340-171$997$30,492,4853Lionsgate / Summit
5Dead Man Down$2,188,53819%2,188--$1,000$4,021,0471FilmDistrict
621 And Over$2,131,41727%2,7710$769$15,599,2922Relativity Media
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,740,61067%1,727-109$1,008$119,786,80617Weinstein Company
8Safe Haven$1,676,97734%2,541-410$660$62,012,3614Relativity Media
9Escape From Planet Earth$1,519,315116%2,549-561$596$46,846,7514Weinstein Company
10The Last Exorcism Part II$1,452,82536%2,7000$538$11,481,3782CBS Films
11A Good Day to Die Hard$967,79170%1,725-864$561$62,783,1854Fox
12Dark Skies$585,78850%1,505-808$389$15,287,5423Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$472,18359%1,052-878$449$63,328,8366Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$738,17586%67145$1,100$118,923,54816Fox
2Quartet$567,37260%715-10$794$12,913,3979Weinstein Company
3Argo$490,20077%741-244$662$134,039,09522Warner Bros.
4Emperor$438,44833%261--$1,680$769,2761Roadside Attractions
5Side Effects (2013)$415,00376%602-510$689$29,352,6865Open Road
6Zero Dark Thirty$327,20385%522-200$627$94,458,38412Sony / Columbia
7Lincoln$212,23684%432-220$491$180,731,37018Disney / DreamWorks
8Django Unchained$198,29560%336-647$590$160,990,94211Weinstein Company
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$172,90779%337127$513$301,765,46913Warner Bros. / New Line
10Les Miserables (2012)$140,14566%286-66$490$148,053,28011Universal
11Rise of The Guardians$110,118143%275-20$400$102,610,28616Paramount / DreamWorks
12Beautiful Creatures (2013)$81,56471%281-794$290$18,969,0344Warner Bros.
13Parental Guidance$78,27665%219-39$357$76,245,21811Fox
14Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$74,67559%225-376$332$54,444,5197Paramount
15Mama$72,76070%214-233$340$71,079,7258Universal
16Jack Reacher$61,52353%194-31$317$79,859,31412Paramount
17The Impossible$44,04454%114-37$386$18,460,95412Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$49,18753%1710$2,893$295,7272Fox Searchlight
2Kai Po Che$45,83884%71-33$646$989,6083UTV Motion Pictures
3The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$33,48184%56-12$598$218,9002Methinx Entertainment
4Gangster Squad$25,03258%90-48$278$45,840,6619Warner Bros.
5Bless Me, Ultima$21,59066%52-131$415$1,365,3733Arenas Entertainment
6Girl Rising$21,3804%13--$1,645$185,5761Gathr Films
7Skyfall$19,79284%69-32$287$304,350,11218Sony / Columbia
8Hyde Park on Hudson$17,38869%391$446$6,278,87914Focus
9To the Arctic 3D$16,5447%520$318$11,551,37047Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Born to Be Wild 3D$10,02131%300$334$22,116,478101Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Movie 43$7,51539%6346$119$8,823,5627Relativity Media
12Parker$6,54231%34-17$192$17,465,4907FilmDistrict
13Bullet to the Head$4,96760%34-52$146$9,480,2386Warner Bros.
14Camp (2013)$4,89220%42$1,223$28,0513Freestyle Releasing
15Broken City$4,83462%24-45$201$19,663,2858Fox
16A Late Quartet$3,18383%71$455$1,559,61519Entertainment One / RKO
17Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$2,98359%1--$2,983$4,8631Rialto Pictures
18The Sweeney$399109%1-10$399$26,1622eOne Films US
19Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$20-57%10$20$97,26823Roadside Attractions