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. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$5,780,050-28%3,658--$1,580$130,846,3551Universal
2The Hangover Part III$3,184,427-24%3,555--$896$69,448,6031Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$2,741,570-20%3,90739$702$162,193,9072Paramount
4Epic$1,828,992-21%3,882--$471$46,955,6251Fox
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,381,111-15%3,090-460$447$120,767,5753Warner Bros.
6Iron Man 3$1,246,787-20%3,424-813$364$375,582,7154Disney
7The Croods$83,562-9%1,008-1365$83$179,833,01310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$66,836-16%1,003-1426$67$48,848,4865Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$180,759-11%712-248$254$15,507,9715Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$98,213-16%915-1465$107$91,728,2607Warner Bros.
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$61,335-11%401-134$153$232,546,56012Disney
4Oblivion (2013)$54,340-18%572-1505$95$87,624,2406Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$35,076-18%346-63$101$121,274,3509Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$27,597-4%346-347$80$56,095,74715Weinstein Company
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$26,893-9%485-1556$55$8,952,5633Lionsgate
8The Big Wedding$24,581-19%265-1178$93$21,194,3905Lionsgate
9Olympus Has Fallen$16,253-12%209-257$78$97,761,48610FilmDistrict
10The Place Beyond the Pines$16,235-24%128-189$127$21,034,8879Focus
11Identity Thief$11,255-13%187-54$60$134,313,08516Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$10,583-5%185-65$57$65,027,85713Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry's Temptation$6,742-11%131-19$51$51,968,8159Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$5,40817%171-337$32$31,389,5227Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$20,722105%6326$329$1,318,50712Gathr Films
2Kon-Tiki$15,548-9%643$243$741,2145Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$13,28736%520$256$12,652,51558Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Stories We Tell$11,61412%263$447$775,4133Roadside Attractions
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$8,402-21%3713$227$335,7424eOne Films US
6The Sapphires$7,612-3%61-41$125$2,144,55310Weinstein Company
7Filly Brown$5,7695%29-10$199$2,844,6566Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Spring Breakers$4,9785%7059$71$14,097,44911A24
9Born to Be Wild 3D$4,8392%300$161$22,705,437112Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Snitch (2013)$3,8737%93-60$42$42,926,58914Lionsgate / Summit
11The Host (2013)$3,4305%59-172$58$26,623,7019Open Road
12Quartet$3,308-1%30-12$110$18,249,37320Weinstein Company
13We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$2,448-23%4--$612$39,8141Focus World
14From Up on Poppy Hill$2,26415%24-12$94$969,99511GKIDS
15Silver Linings Playbook$1,7885%35-96$51$18,249,37328Weinstein Company
16A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1,5249%1--$1,524$14,8331Rialto Pictures
17Emperor$1,21348%81$152$3,336,97012Roadside Attractions
18Admission$1,20327%26-103$46$17,997,39310Focus
19Life of Pi$1,052-15%26-25$40$124,890,84227Fox
20The Painting (2013)$92048%65$153$19,7333GKIDS
21Not Today$732-50%5-1$146$198,2687Freestyle Releasing
22Safe Haven$683-20%36-54$19$71,348,46315Relativity Media