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. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$10,036,422-15%4,004--$2,507$115,333,1571Disney
2World War Z$6,226,175-22%3,607--$1,726$88,294,5431Paramount
3Man of Steel$4,112,073-21%4,2070$977$223,924,8182Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$1,881,267-18%3,0550$616$64,238,0732Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$1,184,878-14%2,823-259$420$98,122,6174Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$555,910-16%2,417-958$230$230,407,2855Universal
7The Internship$510,424-11%1,916-1483$266$39,884,4293Fox
8The Purge$484,220-15%2,201-390$220$61,166,5403Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$413,983-14%1,565-766$265$218,063,8516Paramount
10Epic$281,662-12%1,994-1157$141$101,896,2225Fox
11After Earth$134,872-17%1,166-1266$116$57,805,7704Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$281,070-18%650645$432$3,269,7742A24
2Iron Man 3$219,957-7%924-725$238$403,823,0468Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$98,124-8%362-813$271$141,894,3317Warner Bros.
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$97,617-5%206183$474$1,517,2253Roadside Attractions
5The Croods$94,851-18%324-44$293$183,857,34914Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Hangover Part III$89,494-6%530-1371$169$110,279,9345Warner Bros.
7The East$43,882-9%19580$225$1,342,5994Fox Searchlight
842 (2013)$43,237-7%325-119$133$94,334,22011Warner Bros.
9Mud$40,370-7%213-192$190$20,328,4729Roadside Attractions
10Oblivion (2013)$20,235-12%201-57$101$89,085,09010Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$18,930-5%177-24$107$98,649,10614FilmDistrict
12G.I. Joe: Retaliation$13,993-14%139-31$101$122,306,13513Paramount
13The Big Wedding$13,835-9%141-24$98$21,656,1859Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$12,317-10%134-7$92$31,712,57011Weinstein / Dimension
15Escape From Planet Earth$8,928-22%138-13$65$56,812,95019Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$19,700-8%652$303$819,7014CBS Films
2To the Arctic 3D$8,654-6%520$166$12,881,75162Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kon-Tiki$8,4571%53-17$160$1,326,3519Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$6,652-19%300$222$22,870,059116Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Stories We Tell$6,50911%33-30$197$1,349,2677Roadside Attractions
6The Place Beyond the Pines$5,531-8%53-23$104$21,398,97813Focus
7The Sapphires$5,155-1%29-10$178$2,374,53314Weinstein Company
8Pain and Gain$4,260-3%50-20$85$49,345,6569Paramount
9Unfinished Song$4,00617%2--$2,003$36,3231Weinstein Company
10Lost and Found in Armenia$1,754-11%1-1$1,754$108,6003High Top Releasing
11Quartet$1,496-21%294$52$18,388,35724Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$8075%8-6$101$492,7568eOne Films US
13Made in Cleveland$335-17%5--$67$8,4681Striped Entertainment
14Tiger Eyes$25842%2-4$129$26,0873Freestyle Releasing
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$186-8%3-3$62$45,8513eOne Films US
16Not Today$17226%3-4$57$297,38611Freestyle Releasing
17Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$13655%17--$8$6,5511High Top Releasing