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, Jul. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$9,672,740-20%3,99741$2,420$175,330,7501Universal
2The Heat$3,001,284-14%3,1843$943$95,639,7912Fox
3Monsters University$2,639,182-17%3,7390$706$224,629,8923Disney
4The Lone Ranger$2,587,793-22%3,9040$663$57,655,7781Disney
5World War Z$2,065,948-18%3,316-89$623$165,831,0363Paramount
6White House Down$1,551,413-18%3,2220$482$55,520,2422Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$1,228,355-16%2,905-60$423$275,158,7754Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$770,133-17%2,1040$366$88,207,3614Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$378,777-15%1,6060$236$111,685,2956Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$909,774-16%8760$1,039$20,525,1471Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$142,919-16%565-95$253$223,523,9798Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$120,315-11%617-69$195$235,861,9607Universal
4Epic$86,611-13%42887$202$104,304,0717Fox
5The Croods$62,875-10%269-19$234$185,310,20316Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Internship$58,599-15%37912$155$42,950,9845Fox
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$52,9930%170-52$312$3,207,6725Roadside Attractions
8After Earth$52,221-20%2700$193$59,058,4916Sony / Columbia
9The Hangover Part III$51,154-4%3380$151$111,406,2607Warner Bros.
10Iron Man 3$50,762-11%2940$173$406,563,64910Disney
11The Bling Ring$45,799-10%1590$288$5,260,6724A24
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$34,372-13%1850$186$143,015,2899Warner Bros.
13The Purge$30,720-8%256-105$120$63,647,6605Universal
14Mud$17,921-10%111-57$161$20,914,80311Roadside Attractions
15Pain and Gain$16,981-11%1700$100$49,572,10611Paramount
16The East$16,081-11%102-20$158$2,015,0056Fox Searchlight
1742 (2013)$14,4540%1820$79$94,852,03113Warner Bros.
18Olympus Has Fallen$7,7735%110-55$71$98,917,60516FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$49,5001%19--$2,605$697,6501Fox Searchlight
2Unfinished Song$30,15417%7051$431$517,2483Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$12,742-2%513$250$1,121,9396CBS Films
4Stories We Tell$4,824-2%274$179$1,453,5999Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$4,648-6%24-10$194$1,419,31911Weinstein Company
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,409-4%63-22$70$122,489,68015Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$2,71415%62-39$44$56,892,19721Weinstein Company
8Girl Rising$2,440-29%18--$136$1,445,78718Gathr Films
9Scary Movie 5$2,4231%43-79$56$31,875,43513Weinstein / Dimension
10The Sapphires$2,09582%15-3$140$2,427,66016Weinstein Company
11Copperhead$1,610-8%15-44$107$114,1452Brainstorm Media
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$1,231167%2-4$616$503,47910eOne Films US
13Redemption (2013)$49921%4-15$125$36,3852Roadside Attractions
14Lost and Found in Armenia$42757%20$214$121,8725High Top Releasing
15Not Today$58-42%2-3$29$313,12513Freestyle Releasing