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, Mar. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$4,227,300-16%4,046--$1,045$57,093,2841Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$2,215,685-28%3,098--$715$38,419,1331FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,158,594-20%3,805-107$567$184,206,5243Disney
4The Call$794,230-24%2,5070$317$33,775,0372Sony / TriStar
5Admission$560,498-20%2,160--$259$7,924,6061Focus
6Spring Breakers$464,051-16%1,104--$420$6,822,3572A24
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$433,134-22%3,1600$137$18,865,4002Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$301,259-28%2,560-797$118$60,092,1164Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$249,090-18%2,166-676$115$128,582,5507Universal
10Silver Linings Playbook$154,601-14%1,044-558$148$127,646,01019Weinstein Company
11Snitch (2013)$136,804-32%1,807-546$76$40,813,6195Lionsgate / Summit
12Safe Haven$118,558-19%1,279-927$93$69,298,0566Relativity Media
1321 And Over$100,530-33%1,134-1290$89$24,541,7964Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$80,808-13%1,494-717$54$53,607,4856Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$82,898-20%489-157$170$122,813,77018Fox
2Quartet$78,548-11%425-263$185$16,145,88511Weinstein Company
3Stoker$41,643-17%275181$151$1,256,3364Fox Searchlight
4Emperor$37,065-9%237-74$156$2,711,8993Roadside Attractions
5Side Effects (2013)$32,775-4%225-177$146$31,076,0407Open Road
6Django Unchained$31,521-17%29630$106$162,110,34113Weinstein Company
7A Good Day to Die Hard$31,021-31%448-669$69$66,369,6786Fox
8Dead Man Down$28,014-30%612-1576$46$10,715,2273FilmDistrict
9Warm Bodies$26,5710%299-360$89$65,099,7958Lionsgate / Summit
10Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$23,240-19%20979$111$55,009,0419Paramount
11Argo$20,31031%185-355$110$135,569,15024Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$18,517-19%235-70$79$302,757,02415Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Last Exorcism Part II$18,189-23%455-1120$40$15,076,6844CBS Films
14Parental Guidance$17,556-15%185-37$95$76,788,65013Fox
15InAPPropriate Comedy$14,841-29%275--$54$212,1191Freestyle Releasing
16Rise of The Guardians$13,629-15%162-51$84$103,215,57518Paramount / DreamWorks
17Dark Skies$12,489-27%205-498$61$17,060,8435Weinstein / Dimension
18Les Miserables (2012)$12,255-5%129-112$95$148,708,00013Universal
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$11,532-17%18863$61$19,342,6736Warner Bros.
20Mama$9,750-6%130-74$75$71,501,43010Universal
21The Impossible$9,015-11%12318$73$18,763,96514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$18,719-9%520$360$11,833,09849Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Girl Rising$15,940-17%7-3$2,277$476,5103Gathr Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$12,59116%300$420$22,299,445103Warner Bros. / IMAX
4From Up on Poppy Hill$7,9841%64$1,331$154,9032GKIDS
5The Sapphires$4,16614%4--$1,042$50,0791Weinstein Company
6The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,60327%28-17$129$357,0444Methinx Entertainment
7Bless Me, Ultima$2,9936%21-24$143$1,522,1505Arenas Entertainment
8Gangster Squad$2,5357%500$51$45,975,03711Warner Bros.
9Hyde Park on Hudson$2,48724%20-11$124$6,373,71916Focus
10Parker$2,024-24%55-37$37$17,594,0629FilmDistrict
11Camp (2013)$1,880-30%172$111$96,5105Freestyle Releasing
12Starbuck$1,78414%3--$595$3,475,4251eOne Films US
13Kai Po Che$1,121-2%18-24$62$1,108,6685UTV Motion Pictures
14Rangrezz$47125%11--$43$5,5321UTV Motion Pictures
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$120--1--$120$98,75625Roadside Attractions