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 Tue, Apr. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$1,854,3069%3,025--$613$29,334,1401Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,584,99128%3,73415$424$89,259,3592Paramount
3Jurassic Park 3D$1,316,22522%2,771--$475$21,017,0601Universal
4The Croods$1,137,62117%3,879-186$293$127,458,6293Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Olympus Has Fallen$978,82332%3,059-47$320$72,955,7653FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$712,2549%2,0470$348$39,835,8942Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$539,87322%2,905-419$186$213,590,4105Disney
8The Host (2013)$428,01234%3,2020$134$20,371,7522Open Road
9The Call$345,47840%2,002-437$173$46,073,6234Sony / TriStar
10Admission$198,21946%1,407-754$141$15,599,4213Focus
11Spring Breakers$165,51838%1,072-307$154$12,902,5374A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$68,85519%721-361$95$131,358,8709Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$55,39832%524-228$106$129,822,50721Weinstein Company
3Jack the Giant Slayer$50,07841%502-578$100$62,555,3046Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$49,53532%535-1040$93$21,894,5634Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$42,93437%252-50$170$17,274,77213Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$37,82540%269-71$141$123,985,37820Fox
7Safe Haven$30,41049%360-190$84$70,378,7188Relativity Media
821 And Over$23,87953%180-164$133$25,318,7256Relativity Media
9Warm Bodies$23,7137%287125$83$65,629,85310Lionsgate / Summit
10Snitch (2013)$21,03130%304-442$69$41,821,5687Lionsgate / Summit
11Escape From Planet Earth$18,58933%432-545$43$54,473,0308Weinstein Company
12Django Unchained$17,91452%183-50$98$162,578,84715Weinstein Company
13A Good Day to Die Hard$17,59540%22516$78$66,825,7818Fox
14Emperor$16,52237%120-18$138$3,138,4325Roadside Attractions
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$12,33114%180-22$69$55,462,70111Paramount
16Argo$9,07733%172-88$53$135,913,70226Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$7,18530%14671$49$10,841,4085FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$5,70827%110-30$52$77,055,64715Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$74,84319%3026$2,495$1,227,3782Focus
2The Sapphires$25,29726%6048$422$489,3263Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$13,255158%520$255$12,045,32451Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Girl Rising$10,340-48%489$215$619,8335Gathr Films
5Trance$10,236-9%4--$2,559$152,6591Fox Searchlight
6Side Effects (2013)$9,85546%80-22$123$31,408,0889Open Road
7From Up on Poppy Hill$9,8047%4116$239$491,4814GKIDS
8Stoker$9,10846%89-105$102$1,643,7356Fox Searchlight
9The Impossible$7,56321%80-6$95$18,920,88116Lionsgate / Summit
10Starbuck$5,1889%3114$167$3,615,5723eOne Films US
11Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$4,366-37%16--$273$80,5671CodeBlack Films
12Settai$3,53157%33--$107$58,1721UTV Motion Pictures
13Rise of The Guardians$3,30813%89-45$37$103,406,92020Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$3,0474%77-68$40$302,938,60417Warner Bros. / New Line
15Born to Be Wild 3D$2,86133%300$95$22,430,541105Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Himmatwala$2,82781%61-38$46$266,9552UTV Motion Pictures
17Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,9289%55-60$35$19,448,9178Warner Bros.
18Camp (2013)$1,639-5%82$205$131,9257Freestyle Releasing
19Dark Skies$1,138-3%28-73$41$17,180,4767Weinstein / Dimension
20Bless Me, Ultima$1,0711%6-5$179$1,561,6887Arenas Entertainment
21The Playroom$58147%12--$48$4,8761Freestyle Releasing
22Down the Shore$386-9%2--$193$5,6161Anchor Bay Films
23Kai Po Che$10815%2-3$54$1,120,0787UTV Motion Pictures