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, Jun. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$9,002,279-22%4,207--$2,140$161,779,8971Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$2,888,920-14%3,0550$946$42,690,7321Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$1,464,241-15%3,08262$475$85,384,8013Lionsgate / Summit
4The Internship$993,448-13%3,39933$292$34,205,5212Fox
5The Purge$984,580-16%2,59155$380$55,305,1552Universal
6Fast & Furious 6$977,505-15%3,375-396$290$222,928,0954Universal
7Epic$888,356-20%3,151-239$282$98,528,2954Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$631,383-13%2,331-821$271$213,088,0525Paramount
9After Earth$492,084-14%2,432-969$202$56,093,8013Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part III$317,079-14%1,901-1341$167$109,057,2724Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 3$315,633-14%1,649-544$191$400,669,4347Disney
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$259,442-13%1,175-985$221$140,786,0506Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$103,778-12%368-16$282$182,960,53713Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Mud$71,521-9%405-175$177$19,835,0148Roadside Attractions
342 (2013)$61,184-12%44474$138$93,894,85610Warner Bros.
4The East$33,911-11%11574$295$814,2163Fox Searchlight
5Oblivion (2013)$24,510-17%258-40$95$88,857,8509Universal
6Olympus Has Fallen$20,118-3%201-35$100$98,448,17913FilmDistrict
7G.I. Joe: Retaliation$16,181-3%170-66$95$122,157,48812Paramount
8The Big Wedding$15,657-11%16573$95$21,523,8028Lionsgate
9Scary Movie 5$15,298-8%14190$108$31,577,66310Weinstein / Dimension
10Escape From Planet Earth$12,466-20%151-31$83$56,729,03818Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$32,164-6%5--$6,433$317,8991A24
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$22,71114%2318$987$452,5072Roadside Attractions
3The Kings of Summer$22,6241%6319$359$611,0193CBS Films
4Stories We Tell$12,1218%63-7$192$1,277,2976Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$11,98817%70-5$171$1,244,9248Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$7,104-18%520$137$12,826,99461Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Place Beyond the Pines$6,453-2%76-58$85$21,348,74212Focus
8Born to Be Wild 3D$6,267-34%300$209$22,822,973115Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Sapphires$5,18162%39-16$133$2,336,62413Weinstein Company
10Pain and Gain$4,9881%70-105$71$49,304,8528Paramount
11Lost and Found in Armenia$2,974-12%2-7$1,487$93,2132High Top Releasing
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,487-6%14-15$178$481,0307eOne Films US
13Quartet$2,0180%25-89$81$18,366,43123Weinstein Company
14We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$1,810-9%11-14$165$164,5184Focus World
15Tiger Eyes$81614%6-11$136$23,6542Freestyle Releasing
16From Up on Poppy Hill$77568%100$78$1,002,49414GKIDS
17Wish You Were Here (2013)$569-30%6-5$95$42,7922eOne Films US
18Not Today$459-28%7-12$66$293,35310Freestyle Releasing
19The Stroller Strategy$221-37%1--$221$2,6791Rialto Premieres
20Camp (2013)$171-46%2--$86$324,33017Freestyle Releasing