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, May. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$5,327,026-21%3,868--$1,377$103,773,2881Paramount
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$2,311,274-19%3,55015$651$98,568,3632Warner Bros.
3Iron Man 3$2,256,761-18%4,237-16$533$345,876,9813Disney
4Pain and Gain$261,810-33%2,429-874$108$47,767,7404Paramount
542 (2013)$255,364-4%2,380-550$107$89,590,3006Warner Bros.
6The Croods$209,218-7%2,373-277$88$177,804,1009Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Oblivion (2013)$206,750-20%2,077-693$100$86,312,1305Universal
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$136,021-33%2,0410$67$8,384,2222Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$130,538-28%1,443-855$90$20,782,0424Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$235,681-9%960108$246$12,389,1154Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$53,2951%535-239$100$231,520,56511Disney
3Olympus Has Fallen$43,339-20%466-370$93$97,484,3899FilmDistrict
4The Place Beyond the Pines$36,424-25%317-352$115$20,759,1468Focus
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$31,1809%409-341$76$120,614,6658Paramount
6Scary Movie 5$22,264-22%508-499$44$31,285,7426Weinstein / Dimension
7Escape From Planet Earth$20,920-7%693439$30$55,681,51114Weinstein Company
8Jurassic Park 3D$19,465-17%428-225$45$45,367,9457Universal
9Jack the Giant Slayer$16,214-10%250-31$65$64,842,84812Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$14,415-7%241-38$60$134,034,88515Universal
11The Sapphires$11,838-4%102-16$116$2,027,3479Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$10,545-3%231-70$46$26,574,5978Open Road
13Snitch (2013)$7,963-12%153-35$52$42,864,38613Lionsgate / Summit
14Tyler Perry's Temptation$7,383-12%150-128$49$51,872,1738Lionsgate
15Admission$6,5692%129-27$51$17,973,6469Focus
16Silver Linings Playbook$6,249-4%131-192$48$132,046,64027Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$20,458-2%6139$335$480,4494Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$14,540156%37-26$393$1,266,06411Gathr Films
3Stories We Tell$14,0261%2321$610$216,3812Roadside Attractions
4To the Arctic 3D$7,6541%520$147$12,563,59357Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,0544%241$294$210,9063eOne Films US
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,198-48%300$140$22,667,084111Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Quartet$3,65317%42-17$87$18,206,04019Weinstein Company
8Safe Haven$3,601-7%90-34$40$71,334,99314Relativity Media
9Not Today$3,076170%61$513$182,6726Freestyle Releasing
10From Up on Poppy Hill$2,5740%36-1$72$936,87610GKIDS
11Life of Pi$2,422-19%51-19$47$124,871,94426Fox
12Trance$2,086-9%23-17$91$2,301,9487Fox Searchlight
13Dark Skies$1,752-1%323$55$17,417,07413Weinstein / Dimension
14Spring Breakers$1,59218%11-5$145$14,054,58510A24
15Filly Brown$1,563-33%39-53$40$2,773,4945Lionsgate / Pantelion
16A Good Day to Die Hard$1,38072%31-19$45$67,347,93614Fox
17Starbuck$1,281-10%90$142$3,793,3659eOne Films US
18Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$1,073-29%25-18$43$173,1913Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$8139%15--$54$8,6931Freestyle Releasing
20No One Lives$746-11%12-41$62$74,6172Anchor Bay Films
21Emperor$440-16%7-4$63$3,327,95211Roadside Attractions
22Camp (2013)$26426%2-1$132$317,13113Freestyle Releasing
23The Painting (2013)$101-50%10$101$6,7762GKIDS