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 Tue, May. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$8,029,310-59%3,658--$2,195$125,066,3051Universal
2The Hangover Part III$4,212,347-51%3,555--$1,185$66,264,1761Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$3,438,458-65%3,90739$880$159,452,3372Paramount
4Epic$2,305,662-75%3,882--$594$45,126,6331Fox
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,632,255-53%3,090-460$528$119,386,4643Warner Bros.
6Iron Man 3$1,559,997-71%3,424-813$456$374,335,9284Disney
7The Croods$91,905-78%1,008-1365$91$179,749,45110Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$79,845-45%1,003-1426$80$48,781,6505Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$202,260-64%712-248$284$15,327,2125Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$116,281-74%915-1465$127$91,630,0477Warner Bros.
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$69,095-66%401-134$172$232,485,22512Disney
4Oblivion (2013)$66,005-61%572-1505$115$87,569,9006Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$42,574-61%346-63$123$121,239,2749Paramount
6The Big Wedding$30,491-44%265-1178$115$21,169,8095Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$29,394-73%485-1556$61$8,925,6703Lionsgate
8Escape From Planet Earth$28,750-65%346-347$83$56,068,15015Weinstein Company
9The Place Beyond the Pines$21,480-48%128-189$168$21,018,6529Focus
10Olympus Has Fallen$18,377-61%209-257$88$97,745,23310FilmDistrict
11Identity Thief$13,005-59%187-54$70$134,301,83016Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$11,141-70%185-65$60$65,017,27413Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry's Temptation$7,549-59%131-19$58$51,962,0739Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$4,604-52%171-337$27$31,384,1147Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$16,998-62%643$266$725,6665Weinstein Company
2Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$10,603-52%3713$287$327,3404eOne Films US
3Stories We Tell$10,375-66%263$399$763,7993Roadside Attractions
4Girl Rising$10,120--6326$161$1,297,78512Gathr Films
5To the Arctic 3D$9,74624%520$187$12,639,22858Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sapphires$7,817-62%61-41$128$2,136,94110Weinstein Company
7Filly Brown$5,504-64%29-10$190$2,838,8876Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Born to Be Wild 3D$4,742-7%300$158$22,700,598112Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Spring Breakers$4,728-37%7059$68$14,092,47111A24
10Snitch (2013)$3,620-66%93-60$39$42,922,71614Lionsgate / Summit
11Quartet$3,348-57%30-12$112$18,246,06520Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$3,272-57%59-172$55$26,620,2719Open Road
13We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$3,175-51%4--$794$37,3661Focus World
14From Up on Poppy Hill$1,977-69%24-12$82$967,73111GKIDS
15Silver Linings Playbook$1,708-59%35-96$49$132,077,01928Weinstein Company
16Not Today$1,45221%5-1$290$197,5367Freestyle Releasing
17A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1,401-27%1--$1,401$13,3091Rialto Pictures
18Life of Pi$1,240-60%26-25$48$124,889,79027Fox
19Admission$946-71%26-103$36$17,996,19010Focus
20Safe Haven$850-52%36-54$24$71,347,78015Relativity Media
21Emperor$818-34%81$102$3,335,75712Roadside Attractions
22The Painting (2013)$620-80%65$103$18,8133GKIDS