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 Sat, Jul. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$29,377,950-4%3,997--$7,350$119,412,7201Universal
2The Lone Ranger$10,698,0951%3,904--$2,740$40,810,5701Disney
3The Heat$9,296,4588%3,1843$2,920$79,385,2112Fox
4Monsters University$7,162,234-1%3,739-265$1,916$210,901,8793Disney
5World War Z$6,789,1176%3,316-291$2,047$153,757,8103Paramount
6White House Down$5,146,96312%3,2220$1,597$46,769,5392Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$4,259,3739%2,905-1226$1,466$267,939,7364Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$2,074,6682%2,104-606$986$83,914,6224Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$1,100,38014%1,606-958$685$109,710,5826Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$3,650,034-3%876--$4,167$14,765,6881Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$510,93516%565-470$904$222,706,9168Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$438,05515%617-933$710$235,232,6207Universal
4Iron Man 3$198,83111%294-246$676$406,307,65410Disney
5Epic$198,07612%428-346$463$103,906,6427Fox
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$184,28732%170-52$1,084$2,931,1015Roadside Attractions
7The Internship$173,2526%379-629$457$42,638,7965Fox
8After Earth$146,52716%270-61$543$58,777,5176Sony / Columbia
9The Croods$135,01417%269-38$502$185,032,92616Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10The Purge$133,12012%256-866$520$63,482,5655Universal
11The Hangover Part III$129,84112%33861$384$111,148,8747Warner Bros.
12The Bling Ring$114,3454%159-471$719$5,021,2054A24
13The Great Gatsby (2013)$109,67918%185-70$593$142,825,9799Warner Bros.
14The East$68,97937%102-83$676$1,920,1256Fox Searchlight
15Mud$65,06122%111-57$586$20,817,35811Roadside Attractions
1642 (2013)$47,89917%182-70$263$94,780,36913Warner Bros.
17Pain and Gain$43,64218%170144$257$49,519,36711Paramount
18Olympus Has Fallen$23,53719%110-55$214$98,877,55016FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$220,10725%19--$11,585$395,9701Fox Searchlight
2Unfinished Song$102,48649%7051$1,464$366,4603Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$38,22124%513$749$1,057,0846CBS Films
4Stories We Tell$13,74135%274$509$1,429,4279Roadside Attractions
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$13,10118%63-55$208$122,466,32215Paramount
6Kon-Tiki$9,98730%24-10$416$1,399,32211Weinstein Company
7Scary Movie 5$6,95421%43-79$162$31,863,26113Weinstein / Dimension
8The Sapphires$5,63240%15-3$375$2,418,29816Weinstein Company
9Ghanchakkar$5,3597%30-59$179$198,8052UTV Motion Pictures
10Copperhead$4,058-45%15-44$271$106,3042Brainstorm Media
11Escape From Planet Earth$3,3777%62-39$54$56,882,78921Weinstein Company
12Redemption (2013)$1,64649%4-15$412$33,8992Roadside Attractions
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$8045%2-4$402$501,08810eOne Films US
14Made in Cleveland$405--1-2$405$10,6813Striped Entertainment
15Not Today$154-13%2-3$77$312,79513Freestyle Releasing
16Lost and Found in Armenia$140-32%20$70$120,3335High Top Releasing