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. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$20,758,656-35%4,2530$4,881$284,946,6992Disney
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$13,014,833-26%3,535--$3,682$50,085,1841Warner Bros.
3Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$1,680,868-3%2,041--$824$4,611,5341Lionsgate
4Pain and Gain$1,537,857-28%3,30316$466$41,609,2293Paramount
542 (2013)$1,502,863-24%2,930-415$513$84,670,0885Warner Bros.
6The Croods$1,300,839-20%2,650-265$491$173,224,5058Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Oblivion (2013)$1,287,910-28%2,770-660$465$81,906,2804Universal
8The Big Wedding$953,253-1%2,298-335$415$18,278,0533Lionsgate
9Scary Movie 5$139,145-58%1,007-850$138$30,613,9725Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$828,572-23%852276$973$8,558,5783Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$284,023-45%774-386$367$230,260,55310Disney
3Olympus Has Fallen$242,110-23%836-796$290$96,619,1428FilmDistrict
4Jurassic Park 3D$215,650-19%653-327$330$44,752,8456Universal
5The Place Beyond the Pines$214,142-32%669-493$320$20,008,8697Focus
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$169,333-39%750-1054$226$119,764,2947Paramount
7Jack the Giant Slayer$84,770-20%281-54$302$64,482,91311Warner Bros. / New Line
8Tyler Perry's Temptation$73,729-1%278-226$265$51,699,4947Lionsgate
9Evil Dead$72,852-45%443-516$164$53,756,7746Sony / TriStar
10Identity Thief$62,850-22%279-21$225$133,714,59014Universal
11The Sapphires$47,765-20%118-5$405$1,837,7698Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$44,380-34%30111$147$26,366,0367Open Road
13Snitch (2013)$39,872-18%188-27$212$42,687,50612Lionsgate / Summit
14Silver Linings Playbook$36,739-30%323-145$114$131,927,47526Weinstein Company
15Escape From Planet Earth$33,575-24%254-3$132$55,340,71813Weinstein Company
16Admission$22,595-19%15643$145$17,873,5168Focus
17The Call$20,865-52%121-79$172$51,069,3879Sony / TriStar
18Safe Haven$11,511-39%124-45$93$71,281,71013Relativity Media
19Side Effects (2013)$10,585-32%108-57$98$32,154,41014Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Filly Brown$28,46819%92-112$309$2,725,7164Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Kon-Tiki$27,737-27%228$1,261$225,4973Weinstein Company
3Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$17,65021%4323$410$142,8852Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$15,713-15%2319$683$106,7802eOne Films US
5Life of Pi$14,610-8%70-29$209$124,817,43025Fox
6Quartet$14,2172%59-27$241$18,158,90318Weinstein Company
7No One Lives$12,966-23%53--$245$47,8001Anchor Bay Films
8From Up on Poppy Hill$12,39512%37-2$335$897,1119GKIDS
9To the Arctic 3D$11,621-16%520$223$12,445,08056Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Stories We Tell$7,037-52%2--$3,519$27,0531Roadside Attractions
11Trance$6,202-36%40-46$155$2,268,6926Fox Searchlight
12Dark Skies$5,311-17%290$183$17,387,71112Weinstein / Dimension
13A Good Day to Die Hard$5,233-38%50-22$105$67,323,60813Fox
1421 And Over$3,788-25%37-45$102$25,675,76511Relativity Media
15The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,31721%6-4$553$549,63211Methinx Entertainment
16Born to Be Wild 3D$3,021-30%300$101$22,616,318110Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Spring Breakers$2,394-53%16-27$150$14,030,7389A24
18Starbuck$2,368-7%9-19$263$3,777,5708eOne Films US
19Girl Rising$2,13014%6324$34$1,148,29710Gathr Films
20Emperor$1,826-16%10-10$183$3,319,35610Roadside Attractions
21Not Today$1,73914%52$348$159,1305Freestyle Releasing
22The Lords of Salem$1,361-35%15-35$91$1,163,5084Anchor Bay Films
23The Painting (2013)$907-60%1--$907$3,6271GKIDS
24Camp (2013)$475-27%3-9$158$314,95812Freestyle Releasing
25Django Unchained$376-46%5-7$75$162,804,64820Weinstein Company