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 Mon, Apr. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$2,704,845-70%3,783--$715$39,759,3301Universal
242 (2013)$1,073,424-76%3,250247$330$54,826,9352Warner Bros.
3The Place Beyond the Pines$437,454-67%1,5421028$284$12,080,0994Focus
4The Croods$401,465-85%3,435-254$117$155,034,5025Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$366,505-77%3,175-360$115$111,566,6624Paramount
6Olympus Has Fallen$355,841-70%2,638-297$135$89,132,6365FilmDistrict
7Evil Dead$347,817-66%2,823-202$123$48,804,7683Sony / TriStar
8Scary Movie 5$288,796-77%3,4020$85$23,086,9722Weinstein / Dimension
9Jurassic Park 3D$267,950-76%2,330-448$115$38,793,3253Universal
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$168,203-79%2,045-459$82$223,894,9557Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$168,184-69%1,405-400$120$49,052,6404Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$71,920-69%1,356-816$53$25,250,7984Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Filly Brown$77,752-80%188--$414$1,556,0751Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Call$69,507-69%977-653$71$50,169,9506Sony / TriStar
3The Lords of Salem$58,400-62%355--$165$701,3421Anchor Bay Films
4Silver Linings Playbook$44,653-65%867416$52$131,075,52823Weinstein Company
5Trance$41,209-61%4435$93$1,867,6053Fox Searchlight
6Side Effects (2013)$34,176-59%645592$53$31,837,82111Open Road
7Identity Thief$31,200-70%480-84$65$132,707,19511Universal
8Admission$26,947-63%485-424$56$17,479,4445Focus
9Girl Rising$20,762-37%170122$122$870,2467Gathr Films
10The Sapphires$19,289-71%11421$169$1,157,0165Weinstein Company
11Safe Haven$16,637-65%32548$51$70,893,38210Relativity Media
12Quartet$15,334-65%176-48$87$17,859,17815Weinstein Company
13The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$13,647-69%265-9$51$22,353,3146Warner Bros. / New Line
14Spring Breakers$13,605-53%122-304$112$13,845,3546A24
15Life of Pi$12,842-71%193-24$67$124,537,92622Fox
16Jack the Giant Slayer$11,667-79%255-76$46$63,272,7938Warner Bros. / New Line
17Warm Bodies$10,756-73%240-39$45$66,129,39912Lionsgate / Summit
18Escape From Planet Earth$8,071-81%240-36$34$54,857,45210Weinstein Company
19A Good Day to Die Hard$7,756-71%170-40$46$67,161,26910Fox
20Snitch (2013)$6,045-69%161-54$38$42,118,0379Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$4,954-75%112-42$44$55,687,02413Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$9,255-6%520$178$12,207,19753Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Dark Skies$6,135-63%9166$67$17,299,2009Weinstein / Dimension
3From Up on Poppy Hill$4,969-78%48-1$104$727,3936GKIDS
421 And Over$4,346-58%50-57$87$25,509,8218Relativity Media
5The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,871--31--$125$456,7958Methinx Entertainment
6Emperor$3,562-54%64-32$56$3,277,8107Roadside Attractions
7Camp (2013)$3,353-69%3211$105$233,3989Freestyle Releasing
8Django Unchained$3,261-65%77-49$42$162,763,51717Weinstein Company
9Parental Guidance$2,707-79%900$30$77,187,61417Fox
10Born to Be Wild 3D$1,855-38%300$62$22,495,801107Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Starbuck$1,846-70%29-3$64$3,698,6245eOne Films US
12Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,606-39%1--$1,606$11,9461Rialto Pictures
13Not Today$1,508-77%20-21$75$140,1852Freestyle Releasing
14Stoker$1,248-55%28-2$45$1,692,1358Fox Searchlight
15Argo$1,095-72%43-129$25$136,020,54328Warner Bros.
16The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$493-90%51-4$10$303,001,72219Warner Bros. / New Line
17Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$493-51%2-11$247$124,8593CodeBlack Films
18Settai$143-84%2-13$72$84,5483UTV Motion Pictures
19Pawn$119-61%1--$119$2,2561Anchor Bay Films
20Kai Po Che$42-81%21$21$1,121,8589UTV Motion Pictures