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 Mon, Mar. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$4,201,106-68%4,046--$1,038$47,840,8421Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$2,763,340-65%3,098--$892$33,137,1341FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,251,262-64%3,805-107$592$179,348,3523Disney
4The Call$826,670-64%2,5070$330$31,931,7262Sony / TriStar
5Spring Breakers$541,195--1,104--$490$5,806,9972A24
6Admission$509,622-63%2,160--$236$6,664,6061Focus
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$468,435-57%3,1600$148$17,880,2532Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$337,450-60%2,560-797$132$59,373,8344Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$259,920-58%2,166-676$120$128,030,2207Universal
10Snitch (2013)$177,431-63%1,807-546$98$40,475,1805Lionsgate / Summit
11Silver Linings Playbook$148,149-61%1,044-558$142$127,311,76319Weinstein Company
1221 And Over$126,415-50%1,134-1290$111$24,290,2564Relativity Media
13Safe Haven$114,532-53%1,279-927$90$69,032,5416Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$78,814-48%1,494-717$53$53,433,7136Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$79,934-62%489-157$163$122,626,70218Fox
2Quartet$65,108-59%425-263$153$15,979,38011Weinstein Company
3Stoker$40,038-59%275181$146$1,164,6894Fox Searchlight
4Dead Man Down$35,227-61%612-1576$58$10,647,1853FilmDistrict
5Django Unchained$33,480-59%29630$113$162,040,91513Weinstein Company
6Emperor$33,159-58%237-74$140$2,633,8913Roadside Attractions
7A Good Day to Die Hard$33,131-63%448-669$74$66,293,8626Fox
8Side Effects (2013)$28,451-60%225-177$126$31,009,1247Open Road
9Warm Bodies$27,527-51%299-360$92$65,046,5348Lionsgate / Summit
10The Last Exorcism Part II$25,551-61%455-1120$56$15,035,0244CBS Films
11Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$25,174-61%20979$120$54,956,9809Paramount
12InAPPropriate Comedy$19,984-50%275--$73$176,3981Freestyle Releasing
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$19,797-58%235-70$84$302,715,73515Warner Bros. / New Line
14Dark Skies$15,839-61%205-498$77$17,031,3365Weinstein / Dimension
15Argo$14,250-59%185-355$77$135,533,39524Warner Bros.
16Parental Guidance$14,247-53%185-37$77$76,750,37313Fox
17Beautiful Creatures (2013)$12,625-53%18863$67$19,317,1756Warner Bros.
18Rise of The Guardians$11,764-64%162-51$73$103,185,98418Paramount / DreamWorks
19Mama$10,400-60%130-74$80$71,441,26510Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$9,675-62%129-112$75$148,682,84013Universal
21The Impossible$8,487-58%12318$69$18,744,83214Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,544-26%520$203$11,793,72549Warner Bros. / IMAX
2From Up on Poppy Hill$7,074-65%64$1,179$138,9992GKIDS
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,9870%300$233$22,275,981103Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Girl Rising$6,36038%3-6$2,120$441,3863Gathr Films
5The Sapphires$3,879-66%4--$970$42,2511Weinstein Company
6The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$2,910-51%28-17$104$350,6044Methinx Entertainment
7Bless Me, Ultima$2,862-65%21-24$136$1,516,3245Arenas Entertainment
8Parker$2,447-67%55-37$44$17,589,3739FilmDistrict
9Camp (2013)$2,263-57%172$133$91,9545Freestyle Releasing
10Gangster Squad$1,910-79%500$38$45,970,13411Warner Bros.
11Starbuck$1,516-65%3--$505$3,472,0711eOne Films US
12Hyde Park on Hudson$1,443-64%20-11$72$6,369,22316Focus
13Kai Po Che$846-78%18-24$47$1,106,4055UTV Motion Pictures
14Rangrezz$367-69%11--$33$4,6851UTV Motion Pictures