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, Jun. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$10,376,090-26%3,68628$2,815$171,003,9652Universal
2Now You See Me$8,446,088-22%2,925--$2,888$29,350,3891Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$7,411,913-28%3,401--$2,179$27,520,0401Sony / Columbia
4Epic$5,336,214-25%3,89412$1,370$65,377,4912Fox
5Star Trek Into Darkness$5,202,020-27%3,585-322$1,451$181,537,3813Paramount
6The Hangover Part III$4,647,009-29%3,56510$1,304$88,540,9082Warner Bros.
7Iron Man 3$2,549,285-30%2,895-529$881$385,187,7365Disney
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,922,555-27%2,635-455$730$128,508,2094Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$360,424-34%579-133$622$16,884,9906Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$202,396-31%506-502$400$180,588,68511Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$150,935-31%501-414$301$92,331,6858Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$98,325-43%357-215$275$88,067,6707Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$81,002-32%286-60$283$121,588,60310Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$61,757-27%268-78$230$56,322,42716Weinstein Company
7Pain and Gain$39,347-43%207-796$190$49,055,6286Paramount
8Identity Thief$33,750-42%150-37$225$134,455,17517Universal
9The Call$32,604-34%138-28$236$51,752,09012Sony / TriStar
10The Place Beyond the Pines$26,145-28%103-25$254$21,135,65910Focus
11Olympus Has Fallen$25,077-37%149-60$168$97,867,13911FilmDistrict
12The Big Wedding$21,967-33%126-139$174$21,285,9806Lionsgate
13Jack the Giant Slayer$20,650-34%143-42$144$65,111,33414Warner Bros. / New Line
14Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$17,677-42%121-364$146$9,040,6634Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$43,506-29%7410$588$897,1376Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$32,062-39%3913$822$901,4244Roadside Attractions
3The East$24,475-26%4--$6,119$77,0311Fox Searchlight
4The Kings of Summer$17,972-23%4--$4,493$58,9621CBS Films
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$16,283-1%381$429$388,3345eOne Films US
6The Sapphires$15,114-41%58-3$261$2,208,57911Weinstein Company
7We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$10,900-13%117$991$73,5662Focus World
8Not Today$9,211-46%1813$512$242,5968Freestyle Releasing
9To the Arctic 3D$5,812-35%520$112$12,693,77559Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Scary Movie 5$5,022-31%51-120$98$31,411,3548Weinstein / Dimension
11Evil Dead$4,092-12%40-18$102$54,136,8559Sony / TriStar
12From Up on Poppy Hill$3,9943%12-12$333$982,95112GKIDS
13Spring Breakers$3,846-8%40-30$96$14,113,34212A24
14Born to Be Wild 3D$3,118-30%300$104$22,724,241113Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Quartet$2,918-39%17-13$172$18,262,05921Weinstein Company
16Silver Linings Playbook$2,260-33%23-12$98$132,088,91029Weinstein Company
17Admission$1,895-1%12-14$158$18,004,22511Focus
18Emperor$1,408-17%6-2$235$3,342,07013Roadside Attractions
19A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$350-1%10$350$17,8242Rialto Pictures
20The Painting (2013)$8040%1-5$80$20,8354GKIDS
21Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$75-88%2--$38$7751Cinema Purgatorio