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. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$9,292,10812%2,933--$3,168$17,614,1691Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$7,205,40832%3,32565$2,167$64,377,2612Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$5,593,62753%3,71614$1,505$41,191,7652Disney
4Elysium$5,511,88740%3,2840$1,678$51,764,1742Sony / TriStar
5Kick-Ass 2$4,189,555-28%2,940--$1,425$10,025,4551Universal
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,576,16240%3,08049$1,161$36,655,2512Fox
72 Guns$2,396,87044%2,471-557$970$57,714,1403Universal
8Jobs$2,348,527-10%2,381--$986$4,957,2431Open Road
9The Smurfs 2$1,951,90143%2,349-1518$831$55,626,3673Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$1,858,17642%2,058-809$903$119,198,1734Fox
11The Conjuring$1,645,62638%2,001-649$822$126,793,2375Warner Bros. / New Line
12Despicable Me 2$1,581,66047%1,818-577$870$344,860,4007Universal
13Paranoia$1,325,9981%2,459--$539$2,634,4111Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$761,50343%1,241-861$614$126,978,0176Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turbo$452,75257%759-1012$597$77,658,1685Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2The Heat$388,37642%691-660$562$155,252,8608Fox
3Chennai Express$374,70254%190-6$1,972$3,738,5362UTV Motion Pictures
4The Way, Way Back$315,31353%457-323$690$17,634,2547Fox Searchlight
5Red 2$296,33343%715-859$414$50,777,9945Lionsgate / Summit
6Pacific Rim$289,81537%444-536$653$98,177,9056Warner Bros.
7Man of Steel$210,98045%365-61$578$289,478,09410Warner Bros.
8Fruitvale Station$209,55337%477-351$439$14,482,5506Weinstein Company
9World War Z$184,66839%307-198$602$198,183,7159Paramount
10R.I.P.D.$89,32028%203-275$440$32,363,6805Universal
11Star Trek Into Darkness$81,39745%210-46$388$227,105,25514Paramount
12Now You See Me$59,02520%134-9$440$115,954,36512Lionsgate / Summit
13Epic$51,41161%168-54$306$107,176,09613Fox
14White House Down$45,61743%107-52$426$72,095,8478Sony / Columbia
15Fast & Furious 6$40,89061%141-50$290$238,424,53513Universal
16The Croods$33,39359%114-28$293$186,972,15922Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Internship$28,23843%100-36$282$44,533,68611Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$164,22038%5536$2,986$944,9783A24
2In a World...$94,80859%3734$2,562$258,1212Roadside Attractions
3This Is The End$38,78045%58-44$669$96,654,19310Sony / Columbia
4After Earth$24,00479%77-32$312$60,503,31912Sony / Columbia
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$18,28824%88-47$208$144,798,98915Warner Bros.
6Pain and Gain$15,42946%8667$179$49,835,71417Paramount
7Unfinished Song$13,46733%43-10$313$1,564,6269Weinstein Company
8Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$12,69631%32-45$397$32,220,0987Lionsgate / Summit
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$8,60123%36-17$239$4,212,51711Roadside Attractions
10Mud$5,60833%28-16$200$21,562,61217Roadside Attractions
11Underdogs (2013)$4,795-51%4--$1,199$14,5841Freestyle Releasing
12The Bling Ring$1,8374%18-22$102$5,822,33510A24
13Inch'Allah$765-38%1--$765$453,7891eOne Films US
14Stories We Tell$67436%8-2$84$1,576,15615Roadside Attractions
15Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$283--1--$283$25,14924Rialto Pictures
16Girl Most Likely$195-17%2-10$98$1,374,4045Roadside Attractions