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, Aug. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elysium$10,749,286-3%3,284--$3,273$21,837,5141Sony / TriStar
2We're the Millers$10,321,17321%3,260--$3,166$30,325,7721Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$8,196,3100%3,702--$2,214$16,355,2821Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,550,49113%3,031--$1,831$19,307,5411Fox
52 Guns$4,617,82534%3,0283$1,525$45,443,5102Universal
6The Smurfs 2$3,685,01617%3,8671$953$43,980,0082Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$3,264,66834%2,867-1057$1,139$109,684,9813Fox
8The Conjuring$2,709,46126%2,650-465$1,022$118,896,3244Warner Bros. / New Line
9Despicable Me 2$2,287,22520%2,395-812$955$336,757,4456Universal
10Grown Ups 2$1,513,32625%2,102-973$720$122,861,0455Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$932,59332%1,771-1214$527$74,411,0434Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$835,22330%1,351-723$618$153,093,1627Fox
13Red 2$830,02941%1,574-1181$527$48,829,8464Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chennai Express$838,20710%196--$4,277$1,793,8881UTV Motion Pictures
2Pacific Rim$635,28442%980-823$648$96,312,4165Warner Bros.
3The Way, Way Back$633,47230%780-221$812$15,939,3276Fox Searchlight
4Fruitvale Station$583,36839%828-258$705$13,051,9785Weinstein Company
5Man of Steel$298,63638%426122$701$288,446,6249Warner Bros.
6World War Z$271,19336%505-407$537$197,274,9598Paramount
7Monsters University$268,19221%405-474$662$259,977,2218Disney
8R.I.P.D.$193,59040%478-1225$405$31,843,4404Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$116,70434%256-44$456$226,716,71613Paramount
10White House Down$76,50449%159-194$481$71,912,9777Sony / Columbia
11Epic$64,31135%222-33$290$106,936,23212Fox
12Fast & Furious 6$60,08046%191-39$315$238,240,80012Universal
13Now You See Me$59,57531%143-63$417$115,711,49811Lionsgate / Summit
14This Is The End$45,71222%102-66$448$96,471,6799Sony / Columbia
15The Internship$40,82730%136-36$300$44,393,84310Fox
16The Croods$37,90428%142-20$267$186,827,41621Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Great Gatsby (2013)$34,71737%135-93$257$144,685,76114Warner Bros.
18After Earth$31,66051%109-37$290$60,399,58611Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$105,96626%1915$5,577$458,2222A24
2In a World...$28,42831%3--$9,476$50,1821Roadside Attractions
3The To Do List$26,38910%86-499$307$3,427,9583CBS Films
4Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$25,65434%77-137$333$32,145,7956Lionsgate / Summit
5Unfinished Song$23,72951%53-15$448$1,495,4658Weinstein Company
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$15,35415%53-5$290$4,157,57110Roadside Attractions
7Mud$14,66756%44-18$333$21,530,09416Roadside Attractions
8The Hangover Part III$8,26333%46-57$180$112,181,13012Warner Bros.
9The Bling Ring$6,81323%401$170$5,801,8109A24
10Pain and Gain$4,72063%19-1$248$49,799,08716Paramount
11Girl Most Likely$3,43838%12-24$287$1,368,1754Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$2,44118%10-7$244$1,568,16914Roadside Attractions
13Copperhead$78215%1-1$782$170,9657Brainstorm Media