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 Thu, Jul. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$5,000,505-4%3,891-106$1,285$251,100,0352Universal
2Turbo$4,150,356-25%3,551--$1,169$9,702,7590Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Grown Ups 2$3,827,861-8%3,491--$1,096$59,515,8761Sony / Columbia
4Pacific Rim$3,112,071-9%3,275--$950$52,280,2921Warner Bros.
5The Heat$1,736,981-10%2,995-189$580$119,967,4363Fox
6Monsters University$1,327,433-8%2,838-901$468$243,992,2544Disney
7The Lone Ranger$1,135,415-9%3,432-472$331$76,911,2432Disney
8World War Z$970,463-16%3,003-313$323$181,741,0674Paramount
9White House Down$597,905-26%2,566-656$233$66,052,6293Sony / Columbia
10Man of Steel$445,345-18%2,150-755$207$283,181,0875Warner Bros.
11This Is The End$294,676-28%1,394-710$211$93,250,0925Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$370,033-6%89216$415$27,912,8002Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$105,581-28%850-756$124$113,974,6167Lionsgate / Summit
3Epic$85,6950%336-92$255$105,214,5728Fox
4Star Trek Into Darkness$77,894-10%403-162$193$224,733,7039Paramount
5Fast & Furious 6$59,570-3%322-295$185$236,798,9758Universal
6The Croods$50,6772%232-37$218$185,829,52317Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$44,0633%138-32$319$3,687,2046Roadside Attractions
8After Earth$44,0384%238-32$185$59,558,6677Sony / Columbia
9The Internship$34,1051%198-181$172$43,356,8006Fox
10The Hangover Part III$29,533-1%265-73$111$111,770,2358Warner Bros.
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$26,8762%125-60$215$143,329,95410Warner Bros.
12The Purge$22,405-10%160-96$140$63,934,9356Universal
13Mud$18,921-7%1130$167$21,145,36212Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$11,62115%150-20$77$49,706,45812Paramount
1542 (2013)$10,5594%105-77$101$94,968,02714Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$134,072-3%7960$1,697$2,392,2702Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$48,702-5%7--$6,957$592,2131Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$33,038-9%9121$363$914,2394Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$23,501-8%97-62$242$5,558,5915A24
5Escape From Planet Earth$13,9836%55-7$254$57,010,84222Weinstein Company
6Scary Movie 5$13,6585%33-10$414$32,011,72414Weinstein / Dimension
7The East$12,6023%67-35$188$2,173,8687Fox Searchlight
8The Kings of Summer$11,104-3%565$198$1,251,0187CBS Films
9Stories We Tell$3,2809%281$117$1,495,20710Roadside Attractions
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,92314%41-22$71$122,523,06016Paramount
11Kon-Tiki$2,411-2%21-3$115$1,457,08012Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,1521394%20$1,076$513,34311eOne Films US
13The Sapphires$1,680-17%150$112$2,446,15717Weinstein Company
14Pawn Shop Chronicles$7511%15--$50$8,0881Anchor Bay Films
15Copperhead$67243%5-10$134$121,4323Brainstorm Media
16Revelation Road 2$37032%5--$74$4,8711Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$133-13%1-1$133$317,69714Freestyle Releasing