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, May. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$7,982,835-63%3,868--$2,064$91,684,8161Paramount
2Iron Man 3$3,206,057-70%4,237-16$757$340,868,0343Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$2,716,077-60%3,55015$765$93,398,9092Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$401,015-61%2,429-874$165$47,113,1984Paramount
5The Croods$345,066-67%2,373-277$145$177,369,8519Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Oblivion (2013)$258,595-62%2,077-693$125$85,846,6055Universal
742 (2013)$251,293-69%2,380-550$106$89,067,9206Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$176,527-68%2,0410$86$8,044,2842Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$161,841-57%1,443-855$112$20,470,0294Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$232,818-65%960108$243$11,893,2044Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$63,256-71%535-239$118$231,414,41711Disney
3Olympus Has Fallen$54,328-58%466-370$117$97,386,8769FilmDistrict
4The Place Beyond the Pines$46,019-55%317-352$145$20,673,9958Focus
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$32,957-77%409-341$81$120,555,0008Paramount
6Scary Movie 5$28,666-76%508-499$56$31,235,0426Weinstein / Dimension
7Escape From Planet Earth$25,795-72%693439$37$55,638,19314Weinstein Company
8Jurassic Park 3D$25,470-78%428-225$60$45,325,1507Universal
9Jack the Giant Slayer$19,422-73%250-31$78$64,808,61812Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$15,785-75%241-38$65$134,004,92515Universal
11The Sapphires$14,052-48%102-16$138$2,003,2109Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$10,982-60%231-70$48$26,553,1808Open Road
13Snitch (2013)$8,564-78%153-35$56$42,847,35013Lionsgate / Summit
14Tyler Perry's Temptation$8,541-61%150-128$57$51,856,3578Lionsgate
15Admission$5,664-57%129-27$44$17,960,6549Focus
16Silver Linings Playbook$5,187-58%131-192$40$132,033,86727Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$19,461-62%6139$319$439,1994Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$14,7504238%37-26$399$1,245,83411Gathr Films
3Stories We Tell$13,363-66%2321$581$188,4662Roadside Attractions
4To the Arctic 3D$12,14412%520$234$12,548,34357Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,240-43%241$302$197,0813eOne Films US
6Born to Be Wild 3D$3,25863%300$109$22,654,779111Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Quartet$3,054-56%42-17$73$18,199,25819Weinstein Company
8Safe Haven$3,027-50%90-34$34$71,327,53614Relativity Media
9Life of Pi$3,020-66%51-19$59$124,866,52526Fox
10From Up on Poppy Hill$2,741-61%36-1$76$931,73810GKIDS
11Spring Breakers$2,048-42%11-5$186$14,051,64110A24
12Trance$1,956-50%23-17$85$2,297,5707Fox Searchlight
13Filly Brown$1,918-77%39-53$49$2,769,6115Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Not Today$1,661-56%61$277$178,4556Freestyle Releasing
15Dark Skies$1,627-71%323$51$17,413,55713Weinstein / Dimension
16A Good Day to Die Hard$1,363-70%31-19$44$67,345,75514Fox
17Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$1,218-79%25-18$49$170,5973Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Starbuck$1,043-43%90$116$3,790,6669eOne Films US
19No One Lives$892-54%12-41$74$73,0332Anchor Bay Films
20Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$529-75%15--$35$7,1311Freestyle Releasing
21Emperor$382-78%7-3$55$3,326,98611Roadside Attractions
22The Painting (2013)$195-75%10$195$6,4732GKIDS
23Camp (2013)$79-77%2-1$40$316,65713Freestyle Releasing