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. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$15,497,7871%3,719--$4,167$41,325,8991Paramount
2The Croods$9,682,350-10%4,06519$2,382$82,568,9992Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$7,938,264-16%2,047--$3,878$17,343,9031Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$5,669,50118%3,1068$1,825$51,217,4512FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$4,456,3483%3,324-481$1,341$195,439,0554Disney
6The Host (2013)$3,487,001-35%3,202--$1,089$8,824,1121Open Road
7The Call$1,909,4229%2,439-68$783$38,336,0983Sony / TriStar
8Admission$1,302,96812%2,1611$603$10,977,1342Focus
9Spring Breakers$988,937-10%1,379--$717$9,389,8623A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$506,8393%1,575-1585$322$20,286,5853Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$432,7858%1,082-1084$400$129,651,0158Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$368,946-4%1,080-1480$342$61,133,6835Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$374,59124%752-292$498$128,488,25820Weinstein Company
2Snitch (2013)$179,44114%746-1061$241$41,245,9386Lionsgate / Summit
3Quartet$164,98248%302-123$546$16,493,52012Weinstein Company
4Life of Pi$164,96413%340-149$485$123,204,83119Fox
5Safe Haven$149,213-5%550-729$271$69,729,2407Relativity Media
621 And Over$111,687-4%344-790$325$24,877,0035Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$78,700-18%977-517$81$53,866,2327Weinstein Company
8Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$74,46511%202-7$369$55,178,95010Paramount
9Stoker$72,45223%194-81$373$1,430,1715Fox Searchlight
10Django Unchained$69,21917%233-63$297$162,271,01814Weinstein Company
11Emperor$65,35445%138-99$474$2,852,2904Roadside Attractions
12A Good Day to Die Hard$63,33510%209-239$303$66,513,2817Fox
13Argo$58,01324%26075$223$135,693,42925Warner Bros.
14Side Effects (2013)$52,18129%102-123$512$31,200,1368Open Road
15Warm Bodies$48,544-2%162-137$300$65,221,5399Lionsgate / Summit
16Parental Guidance$35,135-6%140-45$251$76,882,49514Fox
17Mama$30,13514%123-7$245$71,570,99511Universal
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$27,5477%145-90$190$302,833,16916Warner Bros. / New Line
19The Last Exorcism Part II$24,4518%102-353$240$15,139,3665CBS Films
20Rise of The Guardians$24,180-8%134-28$180$103,280,87619Paramount / DreamWorks
21Dark Skies$23,6452%101-104$234$17,120,8346Weinstein / Dimension
22Les Miserables (2012)$21,2258%109-20$195$148,761,83514Universal
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$16,0485%115-73$140$19,388,9897Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$104,90910%4--$26,227$199,9361Focus
2Himmatwala$69,923-4%99--$706$142,4701UTV Motion Pictures
3From Up on Poppy Hill$46,39516%2519$1,856$250,9223GKIDS
4The Sapphires$32,70778%128$2,726$105,7082Weinstein Company
5Starbuck$21,81859%1714$1,283$3,513,4042eOne Films US
6To the Arctic 3D$19,961-27%520$384$11,900,85350Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Impossible$17,5995%86-37$205$18,807,77115Lionsgate / Summit
8Born to Be Wild 3D$14,868-25%300$496$22,352,536104Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Dead Man Down$11,52012%75-537$154$10,757,7624FilmDistrict
10Gangster Squad$7,69614%500$154$45,992,12012Warner Bros.
11Parker$5,97250%36-19$166$17,606,69110FilmDistrict
12Bless Me, Ultima$4,40219%11-10$400$1,533,3626Arenas Entertainment
13Kai Po Che$2,80821%5-13$562$1,114,8546UTV Motion Pictures
14The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,4157%7-21$202$363,1965Methinx Entertainment
15Camp (2013)$1,346-29%6-11$224$103,8126Freestyle Releasing
16Rangrezz$9645%2-9$48$5,9992UTV Motion Pictures