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 Thu, Apr. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$3,662,65412%4,06519$901$104,700,2022Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$3,006,0451%3,7190$808$65,563,0601Paramount
3Olympus Has Fallen$1,480,2258%3,1068$477$61,073,5012FilmDistrict
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,477,31611%3,324-481$444$204,596,7184Disney
5Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,326,225-3%2,047--$648$28,383,3411Lionsgate
6The Host (2013)$796,4120%3,202--$249$14,425,7131Open Road
7The Call$538,6912%2,439-68$221$41,981,0933Sony / TriStar
8Admission$390,3957%2,1611$181$13,319,5482Focus
9Spring Breakers$280,747-4%1,379275$204$11,444,7423A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$159,2902%1,575-1585$101$21,326,5723Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$130,0059%1,082-1084$120$130,435,6308Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$125,99812%1,080-1480$117$61,947,4815Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$108,42713%752-292$144$129,121,64720Weinstein Company
2Safe Haven$63,17114%550-729$115$70,054,2787Relativity Media
3Quartet$62,6348%302-123$207$16,833,76012Weinstein Company
4Life of Pi$62,52119%340-149$184$123,565,62119Fox
5Escape From Planet Earth$58,9878%977-517$60$54,178,6697Weinstein Company
6Snitch (2013)$50,5956%746-1061$68$41,558,1226Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$33,9472%340-794$100$25,112,5765Relativity Media
8Emperor$27,44634%138-99$199$2,977,3644Roadside Attractions
9Django Unchained$24,4079%233-63$105$162,411,30514Weinstein Company
10Stoker$22,2342%194-81$115$1,564,1625Fox Searchlight
11Argo$20,0366%26075$77$135,811,85125Warner Bros.
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$19,96310%202-7$99$55,301,15610Paramount
13A Good Day to Die Hard$18,94011%209-239$91$66,630,4827Fox
14Parental Guidance$17,36717%140-45$124$76,963,05114Fox
15Warm Bodies$17,22613%162-137$106$65,314,3049Lionsgate / Summit
16Rise of The Guardians$14,246-5%134-28$106$103,357,31519Paramount / DreamWorks
17Side Effects (2013)$12,7500%102-123$125$31,286,9298Open Road
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$12,46429%145-90$86$302,893,29916Warner Bros. / New Line
19Mama$9,8257%123-7$80$71,628,18011Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$8,69514%109-20$80$148,809,77014Universal
21The Last Exorcism Part II$7,89554%102-353$77$15,179,3035CBS Films
22Dark Skies$7,44613%101-104$74$17,159,3016Weinstein / Dimension
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$7,39425%115-73$64$19,424,8487Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$34,435283%3921$883$578,4944Gathr Films
2The Place Beyond the Pines$22,999-13%4--$5,750$386,0301Focus
3From Up on Poppy Hill$14,8849%2519$595$341,7913GKIDS
4To the Arctic 3D$14,53422%520$280$11,976,29250Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$10,1789%300$339$22,396,954104Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Impossible$7,80416%86-37$91$18,847,95515Lionsgate / Summit
7The Sapphires$6,1568%128$513$151,9522Weinstein Company
8Himmatwala$5,451-39%99--$55$239,4441UTV Motion Pictures
9Starbuck$4,530-7%1714$266$3,547,7822eOne Films US
10Dead Man Down$3,25922%75-537$43$10,778,1294FilmDistrict
11Camp (2013)$1,975169%6-11$329$110,9956Freestyle Releasing
12The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,91887%7-21$274$368,7495Methinx Entertainment
13Parker$1,8175%36-19$50$17,616,64110FilmDistrict
14Bless Me, Ultima$1,6171%11-10$147$1,552,5696Arenas Entertainment
15Gangster Squad$938-3%500$19$46,000,90312Warner Bros.
16Kai Po Che$5722%5-13$114$1,118,4626UTV Motion Pictures