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 Sun, May. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$43,012,812-31%4,253--$10,114$174,144,5851Disney
2Pain and Gain$2,063,529-33%3,28710$628$33,830,3902Paramount
342 (2013)$1,526,247-44%3,345-60$456$78,181,0974Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$1,423,450-43%3,430-362$415$75,814,2503Universal
5The Croods$1,227,372-39%2,915-368$421$168,720,7987Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Big Wedding$968,518-43%2,6330$368$14,216,4222Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$352,875-66%1,160-450$304$228,858,9419Disney
8The Place Beyond the Pines$346,640-37%1,162-422$298$18,676,7926Focus
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$332,512-42%1,804-903$184$118,752,4106Paramount
10Olympus Has Fallen$317,386-40%1,632-702$194$95,374,5297FilmDistrict
11Scary Movie 5$303,249-55%1,857-876$163$29,609,6684Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$579,734-39%576213$1,006$5,169,6992Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$269,555-30%980-868$275$43,756,7355Universal
3Evil Dead$143,957-47%959-1227$150$53,200,0135Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$103,836-46%504-438$206$51,365,5036Lionsgate
5Jack the Giant Slayer$87,035-34%335-30$260$64,151,56510Warner Bros. / New Line
6Filly Brown$64,5356%204-55$316$2,605,0903Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Silver Linings Playbook$49,180-44%468107$105$131,703,51225Weinstein Company
8Identity Thief$48,005-50%300-125$160$133,454,40513Universal
9Snitch (2013)$40,140-33%215-37$187$42,524,31311Lionsgate / Summit
10The Sapphires$38,453-46%123-3$313$1,636,0927Weinstein Company
11Escape From Planet Earth$33,150-40%257-26$129$55,210,40212Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$32,646-53%290-321$113$26,143,8196Open Road
13The Call$22,243-47%200-313$111$50,934,4378Sony / TriStar
14Side Effects (2013)$17,265-40%16557$105$32,086,04113Open Road
15Safe Haven$16,829-51%169-90$100$71,210,28912Relativity Media
16Warm Bodies$15,250-44%140-50$109$66,359,95914Lionsgate / Summit
17Admission$7,945-56%113-166$70$17,783,1997Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$38,56146%20--$1,928$83,5861Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Kon-Tiki$21,371-37%1412$1,527$107,2732Weinstein Company
3Life of Pi$15,171-45%99-32$153$124,757,30924Fox
4Trance$12,200-36%86-71$142$2,219,6365Fox Searchlight
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$12,151-21%4--$3,038$39,6301eOne Films US
6Quartet$11,848-40%86-44$138$18,096,07717Weinstein Company
7From Up on Poppy Hill$11,344-12%39-5$291$854,0188GKIDS
8To the Arctic 3D$9,007-30%520$173$12,368,20855Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$8,421-43%82-103$103$22,525,9218Warner Bros. / New Line
10A Good Day to Die Hard$8,355-59%72-50$116$67,294,33812Fox
11The Lords of Salem$7,504-18%50-230$150$1,143,5413Anchor Bay Films
12Spring Breakers$7,483-28%43-29$174$14,000,8118A24
1321 And Over$7,287-26%82-54$89$25,650,58610Relativity Media
14Starbuck$5,529-39%281$197$3,757,0917eOne Films US
15The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,349-4%10-15$535$538,63210Methinx Entertainment
16Dark Skies$4,663-21%29-34$161$17,367,45711Weinstein / Dimension
17Parental Guidance$3,109-56%42-19$74$77,240,66619Fox
18Born to Be Wild 3D$2,427-70%300$81$22,570,466109Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Girl Rising$2,000251%39-33$51$1,097,6579Gathr Films
20Emperor$1,938-47%20-6$97$3,309,3039Roadside Attractions
21Camp (2013)$1,604-27%12-16$134$310,84511Freestyle Releasing
22Not Today$1,040-13%30$347$152,8354Freestyle Releasing
23Django Unchained$940-56%12-26$78$162,800,48019Weinstein Company