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 Fri, Jun. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$16,775,640--2,536--$6,615$16,775,6401Universal
2The Internship$6,473,241--3,366--$1,923$6,473,2411Fox
3Fast & Furious 6$6,088,415115%3,77185$1,615$189,274,1103Universal
4Now You See Me$6,064,92398%3,02095$2,008$47,938,9472Lionsgate / Summit
5Epic$3,628,85382%3,594-300$1,010$75,683,4093Fox
6After Earth$3,345,45193%3,4010$984$38,737,0202Sony / Columbia
7Star Trek Into Darkness$3,230,41284%3,152-433$1,025$191,670,8514Paramount
8The Hangover Part III$2,346,51066%3,242-323$724$97,340,4663Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$1,695,03389%2,351-544$721$390,224,6986Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,357,27561%2,160-475$628$133,302,3935Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$329,905124%5801$569$17,757,4007Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$225,770119%414-92$545$181,149,80812Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$104,67460%370-131$283$92,665,4539Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$75,99094%298-59$255$88,302,4408Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$57,123341%23687$242$97,970,98412FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$49,84440%236-50$211$121,768,87111Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$32,496-14%182-86$179$56,473,70717Weinstein Company
8Pain and Gain$31,044107%175-32$177$49,146,7827Paramount
9Evil Dead$27,096--171131$158$54,172,24910Sony / TriStar
10The Place Beyond the Pines$20,91067%13431$156$21,203,74411Focus
11Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$16,711241%1309$129$9,080,5195Lionsgate
12Quartet$10,016574%11497$88$18,277,77222Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$70,984--5--$14,197$70,9841Roadside Attractions
2The East$62,467780%4137$1,524$169,9082Fox Searchlight
3The Kings of Summer$61,819999%4440$1,405$143,4272CBS Films
4Stories We Tell$40,284220%7031$575$989,6885Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$31,33174%751$418$994,8147Weinstein Company
6The Call$21,238--91-47$233$51,825,21413Sony / TriStar
7Lost and Found in Armenia$17,162--9--$1,907$17,1621High Top Releasing
8The Big Wedding$15,72172%92-34$171$21,339,1367Lionsgate
9To the Arctic 3D$9,83161%520$189$12,728,79960Warner Bros. / IMAX
10We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$9,48081%2514$379$101,9303Focus World
11The Sapphires$9,15025%55-3$166$2,245,36012Weinstein Company
12Not Today$8,497149%191$447$264,2949Freestyle Releasing
13Jack the Giant Slayer$7,773-26%58-85$134$65,152,61715Warner Bros. / New Line
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$6,906--11--$628$6,9061eOne Films US
15Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,079-18%29-9$210$422,7076eOne Films US
16Born to Be Wild 3D$5,5693%300$186$22,752,852114Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Tiger Eyes$5,102--17--$300$5,1021Freestyle Releasing
18Scary Movie 5$3,94787%510$77$31,423,5539Weinstein / Dimension
19Hello Herman$2,206--15--$147$2,2061Freestyle Releasing
20From Up on Poppy Hill$1,028-44%10-2$103$989,60713GKIDS
21Spring Breakers$390-81%5-35$78$14,123,14013A24
22Emperor$329-52%5-1$66$3,344,31414Roadside Attractions
23Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$160--31$53$1,5302Cinema Purgatorio