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, Apr. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$1,855,391-26%3,003--$618$34,095,7161Warner Bros.
2The Croods$655,024-24%3,689-190$178$144,672,6044Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$653,472-27%3,535-199$185$104,765,9053Paramount
4Evil Dead$618,248-27%3,0250$204$43,737,2692Sony / TriStar
5Jurassic Park 3D$596,835-20%2,7787$215$33,915,4352Universal
6Olympus Has Fallen$561,229-23%2,935-124$191$83,708,9364FilmDistrict
7Scary Movie 5$516,429-37%3,402--$152$16,123,5211Weinstein / Dimension
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$309,003-19%2,504-401$123$220,399,7436Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$267,720-27%1,805-242$148$46,382,0203Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$176,027-20%2,172-1030$81$23,996,4463Open Road
11The Call$148,779-25%1,630-372$91$49,064,4205Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$343,128-22%514484$668$6,362,8753Focus
2Trance$86,796-14%438434$198$1,342,4622Fox Searchlight
3Admission$75,251-21%909-498$83$17,035,0854Focus
4Spring Breakers$44,890-32%426-646$105$13,684,3435A24
5Identity Thief$42,300-12%564-157$75$132,151,73010Universal
6Silver Linings Playbook$36,217-14%451-73$80$130,444,38322Weinstein Company
7Quartet$29,017-7%224-28$130$17,661,48214Weinstein Company
8Jack the Giant Slayer$19,819-32%331-171$60$63,028,9697Warner Bros. / New Line
9Life of Pi$19,124-22%217-52$88$124,341,64421Fox
10Warm Bodies$16,423-10%279-8$59$65,949,32511Lionsgate / Summit
11Safe Haven$14,834-24%277-83$54$70,652,2249Relativity Media
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$12,564-18%274-261$46$22,170,4955Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Good Day to Die Hard$12,111-17%210-15$58$67,044,8169Fox
14Escape From Planet Earth$11,250-9%276-156$41$54,693,8719Weinstein Company
15Snitch (2013)$10,037-24%215-89$47$42,020,8808Lionsgate / Summit
1621 And Over$8,967-15%107-73$84$25,459,4327Relativity Media
17Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$7,785-13%154-26$51$55,611,96312Paramount
18Django Unchained$7,150-16%126-57$57$162,713,98716Weinstein Company
19Argo$3,659-17%1720$21$135,998,57627Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$24,676-11%9333$265$858,4154Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$21,400-7%480$446$725,5576Gathr Films
3From Up on Poppy Hill$9,624-2%498$196$637,2815GKIDS
4To the Arctic 3D$8,67233%520$167$12,141,67152Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Emperor$7,291-8%96-24$76$3,240,3606Roadside Attractions
6The Impossible$6,375-3%77-3$83$19,014,09817Lionsgate / Summit
7Side Effects (2013)$5,781-16%53-27$109$31,496,70210Open Road
8Born to Be Wild 3D$5,69856%300$190$22,468,198106Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Not Today$5,009-12%41--$122$112,9701Freestyle Releasing
10Dead Man Down$3,176-23%94-52$34$10,891,2456FilmDistrict
11Starbuck$3,152-5%321$99$3,667,8484eOne Films US
12Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$3,05257%13-3$235$117,6272CodeBlack Films
13Camp (2013)$2,952-8%2113$141$177,9568Freestyle Releasing
14Parental Guidance$2,359-20%90-20$26$77,126,56316Fox
15Stoker$1,823-26%30-59$61$1,678,8487Fox Searchlight
16Dark Skies$1,7977%25-3$72$17,223,3518Weinstein / Dimension
17The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,684-8%55-22$31$302,980,25718Warner Bros. / New Line
18Settai$589-65%15-18$39$79,7442UTV Motion Pictures
19Himmatwala$103472%3-58$34$270,7473UTV Motion Pictures
20Kai Po Che$35-3%1-1$35$1,120,8868UTV Motion Pictures