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 Thu, Jun. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$12,062,124--4,207--$2,867$12,062,1240Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$4,492,183-43%3,055--$1,470$12,308,1350Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$1,941,206-2%3,02095$643$69,689,4432Lionsgate / Summit
4The Purge$1,687,505-11%2,536--$665$43,644,8501Universal
5Fast & Furious 6$1,487,695-8%3,77185$395$210,140,6253Universal
6The Internship$1,378,656-2%3,366--$410$23,951,3611Fox
7Epic$1,333,2144%3,390-504$393$89,428,6233Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$1,114,719-2%3,152-433$354$204,830,6944Paramount
9After Earth$901,495-9%3,4010$265$50,464,0152Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part III$545,327-10%3,242-323$168$105,250,5523Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 3$542,436-2%2,193-702$247$396,702,2396Disney
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$455,110-4%2,160-475$211$138,303,5415Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$109,2233%384-122$284$182,081,09712Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Mud$105,757-3%5801$182$19,075,6627Roadside Attractions
342 (2013)$39,422-2%370-131$107$93,095,3689Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$28,4051%298-59$95$88,594,7108Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$25,564-2%23687$108$98,218,38512FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$24,0895%236-50$102$121,997,92711Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$21,45910%182-86$118$56,629,34717Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$13,041-8%1309$100$9,177,0655Lionsgate
9The Place Beyond the Pines$10,228-9%13330$77$21,287,79511Focus
10Pain and Gain$7,378-11%175-32$42$49,253,2917Paramount
11Quartet$6,63012%11497$58$18,326,01422Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$20,856-6%4440$474$391,9442CBS Films
2The East$20,4799%4137$499$421,3052Fox Searchlight
3Stories We Tell$17,168-7%7031$245$1,160,8035Roadside Attractions
4Kon-Tiki$15,6237%751$208$1,135,4877Weinstein Company
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$13,156-5%5--$2,631$227,0341Roadside Attractions
6The Sapphires$6,9364%55-3$126$2,303,33612Weinstein Company
7The Big Wedding$6,03021%92-34$66$21,396,9047Lionsgate
8We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$5,48420%2514$219$148,4163Focus World
9Lost and Found in Armenia$5,3286%9--$592$74,4351High Top Releasing
10To the Arctic 3D$5,2361%520$101$12,776,46860Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Born to Be Wild 3D$5,199-8%300$173$22,783,381114Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$4,5942%29-9$158$460,8756eOne Films US
13Jack the Giant Slayer$4,17716%58-85$72$65,187,60315Warner Bros. / New Line
14Scary Movie 5$3,00637%510$59$31,443,2579Weinstein / Dimension
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,2921%11--$208$35,7451eOne Films US
16Not Today$1,70841%191$90$284,3739Freestyle Releasing
17Tiger Eyes$1,642-8%17--$97$17,0411Freestyle Releasing
18From Up on Poppy Hill$839-15%10-2$84$996,36213GKIDS
19Hello Herman$73738%15--$49$8,4371Freestyle Releasing
20Emperor$26925%5-1$54$3,346,26414Roadside Attractions
21Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$32-33%3--$11$2,6162Cinema Purgatorio