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. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$13,522,498-23%4,0040$3,377$170,433,1932Disney
2The Heat$10,952,911-24%3,181--$3,443$39,115,0431Fox
3World War Z$9,136,868-22%3,6070$2,533$123,696,9192Paramount
4White House Down$6,596,562-29%3,222--$2,047$24,852,2581Sony / Columbia
5Man of Steel$6,365,117-24%4,131-76$1,541$248,577,5963Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$2,797,912-15%2,710-345$1,032$74,681,8363Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$1,705,605-24%2,564-259$665$104,792,8585Lionsgate / Summit
8Fast & Furious 6$736,250-26%1,550-867$475$233,351,7656Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$696,546-21%1,035-530$673$220,591,0707Paramount
10The Internship$425,249-27%1,008-908$422$41,711,7964Fox
11The Purge$336,600-31%1,122-1079$300$62,791,3154Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$347,192-42%540-384$643$405,393,2059Disney
2The Bling Ring$267,685-14%630-20$425$4,350,3503A24
3Epic$240,723-24%774-1220$311$103,010,1336Fox
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$179,690-27%22216$809$2,193,5664Roadside Attractions
5The Croods$138,286-26%307-17$450$184,419,44115Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$123,665-19%255-107$485$142,376,0678Warner Bros.
7The Hangover Part III$102,533-28%277-253$370$110,707,3356Warner Bros.
8After Earth$100,730-23%331-835$304$58,247,3675Sony / Columbia
9The East$77,009-31%185-10$416$1,640,5685Fox Searchlight
10Mud$63,587-29%168-45$378$20,570,15410Roadside Attractions
11The Big Wedding$59,27920%101-40$587$21,805,33410Lionsgate
1242 (2013)$53,046-31%252-73$211$94,565,75812Warner Bros.
13Scary Movie 5$37,01115%122-12$303$31,814,07112Weinstein / Dimension
14Olympus Has Fallen$31,729-25%165-12$192$98,770,22015FilmDistrict
15G.I. Joe: Retaliation$25,071-24%118-21$212$122,400,46614Paramount
16Escape From Planet Earth$9,533-17%101-37$94$56,852,48420Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghanchakkar$38,567-28%89--$433$143,6161UTV Motion Pictures
2Unfinished Song$30,391-25%1917$1,600$131,8232Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$26,768-25%48-17$558$925,1785CBS Films
4Copperhead$17,692-7%59--$300$55,6251Brainstorm Media
5Kon-Tiki$10,233-6%34-19$301$1,362,63410Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$10,064-29%520$194$12,928,01863Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Stories We Tell$9,213-23%23-10$401$1,385,3448Roadside Attractions
8Redemption (2013)$7,162-5%19--$377$19,9771Roadside Attractions
9The Sapphires$5,2381%18-11$291$2,393,08215Weinstein Company
10Born to Be Wild 3D$4,927-36%300$164$22,896,869117Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Not Today$4,5371%52$907$309,55012Freestyle Releasing
12Pain and Gain$3,674-11%26-24$141$49,359,97310Paramount
13Lost and Found in Armenia$2,2260%21$1,113$117,1914High Top Releasing
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$1,86518%6-2$311$497,8829eOne Films US
15Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,8134%1--$1,813$32,35811Rialto Pictures
16Made in Cleveland$420-2%3-2$140$9,8742Striped Entertainment
17Detention of the Dead$1032%2--$52$1,3321Anchor Bay Films
18The Stroller Strategy$57-64%1--$57$3,2553Rialto Premieres
19Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$32-58%1-16$32$6,7812High Top Releasing