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, Apr. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$11,340,05725%3,003--$3,776$20,401,8801Warner Bros.
2The Croods$6,157,700102%3,689-190$1,669$138,534,7464Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Scary Movie 5$6,024,2149%3,402--$1,771$11,540,1681Weinstein / Dimension
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,963,72470%3,535-199$1,404$99,515,4773Paramount
5Evil Dead$4,023,14626%3,0250$1,330$39,261,0042Sony / TriStar
6Jurassic Park 3D$3,930,87061%2,7787$1,415$29,484,6752Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$3,279,31060%2,935-124$1,117$79,929,3844FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,274,81584%2,504-401$908$218,032,4256Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$2,050,98750%1,805-242$1,136$44,344,1573Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$1,062,00342%2,172-1030$489$22,855,4743Open Road
11The Call$894,03657%1,630-372$548$48,084,6935Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$1,670,28638%514484$3,250$4,255,1923Focus
2Admission$410,95249%909-498$452$16,603,8134Focus
3Trance$383,61734%438434$876$844,7962Fox Searchlight
4Identity Thief$262,26069%564-157$465$131,898,18510Universal
5Silver Linings Playbook$198,85768%451-73$441$130,242,55222Weinstein Company
6Spring Breakers$154,13521%426-646$362$13,430,5295A24
7Jack the Giant Slayer$150,40777%331-171$454$62,870,6397Warner Bros. / New Line
8Life of Pi$109,75371%217-52$506$124,216,16421Fox
9Quartet$103,84167%224-28$464$17,516,92414Weinstein Company
10Warm Bodies$100,16752%279-8$359$65,842,24611Lionsgate / Summit
11Safe Haven$82,63739%277-83$298$70,565,5749Relativity Media
12Escape From Planet Earth$75,569111%276-156$274$54,613,2689Weinstein Company
13A Good Day to Die Hard$70,70672%210-15$337$66,967,3979Fox
14The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$68,28349%274-261$249$22,089,3705Warner Bros. / New Line
15Snitch (2013)$61,59461%215-89$286$41,955,6818Lionsgate / Summit
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$46,74984%154-26$304$55,557,77212Paramount
17Django Unchained$38,37860%126-57$305$162,672,85316Weinstein Company
1821 And Over$31,69132%107-73$296$25,410,4477Relativity Media
19Argo$25,26240%1720$147$135,972,96527Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$118,23085%9333$1,271$717,5104Weinstein Company
2From Up on Poppy Hill$42,44884%498$866$580,4165GKIDS
3Not Today$33,454-13%41--$816$72,0971Freestyle Releasing
4The Impossible$27,12048%77-3$352$18,982,38517Lionsgate / Summit
5Parental Guidance$26,49082%90-20$294$77,107,28616Fox
6Side Effects (2013)$24,63063%53-27$465$31,466,10110Open Road
7Emperor$21,76941%96-24$227$3,204,2156Roadside Attractions
8To the Arctic 3D$19,887-14%520$382$12,111,07852Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Dark Skies$16,40136%25-3$656$17,211,4238Weinstein / Dimension
10Starbuck$15,58193%321$487$3,650,1924eOne Films US
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$13,32249%55-22$242$302,966,62318Warner Bros. / New Line
12Dead Man Down$11,43045%94-52$122$10,872,2056FilmDistrict
13Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$7,83855%13-3$603$103,8722CodeBlack Films
14Settai$7,419135%15-18$495$71,9992UTV Motion Pictures
15Born to Be Wild 3D$6,280-6%300$209$22,454,840106Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Stoker$5,35044%30-59$178$1,669,5547Fox Searchlight
17Himmatwala$368134%3-58$123$270,4343UTV Motion Pictures
18Kai Po Che$308123%1-1$308$1,120,6938UTV Motion Pictures