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, Aug. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$7,199,500-27%3,025--$2,380$27,059,1301Universal
2The Wolverine$6,217,919-28%3,9240$1,585$94,638,7402Fox
3The Smurfs 2$4,920,376-31%3,866--$1,273$27,109,2601Sony / Columbia
4The Conjuring$3,552,439-31%3,11593$1,140$107,956,9073Warner Bros. / New Line
5Despicable Me 2$2,886,300-31%3,207-269$900$326,411,5855Universal
6Grown Ups 2$2,150,772-35%3,075-183$699$116,195,2754Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$1,793,743-30%2,985-824$601$69,307,4593Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Red 2$1,591,385-32%2,755-261$578$45,059,4333Lionsgate / Summit
9Pacific Rim$1,403,194-22%1,803-799$778$92,881,0444Warner Bros.
10The Heat$1,239,678-38%2,074-310$598$149,464,9576Fox
11Fruitvale Station$750,119-32%1,08622$691$10,852,4564Weinstein Company
12The Way, Way Back$711,018-41%1,001115$710$13,552,6535Fox Searchlight
13R.I.P.D.$706,745-28%1,703-1147$415$30,482,0953Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1World War Z$548,436-26%912-528$601$195,882,1937Paramount
2Monsters University$427,828-26%879-591$487$258,565,2387Disney
3The To Do List$188,885-22%585-6$323$3,094,9652CBS Films
4The Lone Ranger$187,529-31%553-714$339$86,765,3525Disney
5White House Down$160,038-25%353-323$453$71,589,1706Sony / Columbia
6Star Trek Into Darkness$143,762-26%300120$479$226,222,38012Paramount
7Man of Steel$139,086-27%304-197$458$287,681,3978Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$122,2446%168-102$728$96,219,8158Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$114,2382%206-9$555$115,476,00510Lionsgate / Summit
10Fast & Furious 6$72,450-21%230-37$315$238,019,99011Universal
11Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$66,429-36%214-284$310$32,009,5465Lionsgate / Summit
12The Internship$65,2597%172-25$379$44,221,6669Fox
13Epic$64,752-30%255-34$254$106,648,83311Fox
14The Hangover Part III$53,760229%103-44$522$112,142,86011Warner Bros.
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$52,343-26%228-43$230$144,512,21513Warner Bros.
16After Earth$40,606-18%146-21$278$60,273,47010Sony / Columbia
17The Croods$40,519-28%162-32$250$186,651,13320Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18The Purge$27,720-22%132-25$210$64,423,6509Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$58,232-16%4--$14,558$197,4151A24
2Unfinished Song$24,338-34%68-14$358$1,406,7027Weinstein Company
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$17,055-24%58-19$294$4,099,0659Roadside Attractions
4Mud$17,012-36%62-11$274$21,472,04715Roadside Attractions
5Girl Most Likely$9,820-46%36-191$273$1,346,6033Roadside Attractions
6The Bling Ring$6,313-38%395$162$5,773,3538A24
7Stories We Tell$3,779-38%173$222$1,555,44913Roadside Attractions
8Kon-Tiki$2,954-16%9-5$328$1,511,79815Weinstein Company
9Pain and Gain$2,886-17%20-15$144$49,786,46215Paramount
10Copperhead$1,030-36%20$515$167,2966Brainstorm Media