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. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,023,143-24%2,933--$2,395$24,637,3121Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$5,320,388-26%3,32565$1,600$69,697,6492Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$4,236,964-23%3,2840$1,290$56,001,1382Sony / TriStar
4Planes$4,146,637-26%3,71614$1,116$45,338,4022Disney
5Kick-Ass 2$3,307,500-21%2,940--$1,125$13,332,9551Universal
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,627,130-27%3,08049$853$39,282,3812Fox
7Jobs$1,756,657-25%2,381--$738$6,713,9001Open Road
82 Guns$1,742,055-27%2,471-557$705$59,456,1953Universal
9The Smurfs 2$1,455,448-25%2,349-1518$620$57,081,8153Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$1,353,614-27%2,058-809$658$120,551,7874Fox
11Despicable Me 2$1,254,455-21%1,818-577$690$346,114,8557Universal
12The Conjuring$1,044,929-37%2,001-649$522$127,838,1665Warner Bros. / New Line
13Paranoia$893,965-33%2,459--$364$3,528,3761Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$415,679-45%1,241-861$335$127,393,6966Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turbo$337,608-25%759-1012$445$77,658,1685Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Chennai Express$276,121-26%190-6$1,453$4,014,6572UTV Motion Pictures
3The Heat$220,333-43%691-660$319$155,473,1938Fox
4The Way, Way Back$216,349-31%457-323$473$17,850,6037Fox Searchlight
5Pacific Rim$211,703-27%444-536$477$98,389,6086Warner Bros.
6Red 2$183,311-38%715-859$256$50,961,3055Lionsgate / Summit
7Fruitvale Station$157,133-25%477-351$329$14,639,6836Weinstein Company
8Man of Steel$155,755-26%365-61$427$289,633,84910Warner Bros.
9World War Z$119,794-35%307-198$390$198,303,5099Paramount
10R.I.P.D.$59,885-33%203-275$295$32,423,5655Universal
11Star Trek Into Darkness$56,560-31%210-46$269$227,161,81514Paramount
12Now You See Me$44,135-25%134-9$329$115,998,50012Lionsgate / Summit
13Epic$37,525-27%168-54$223$107,213,62113Fox
14Fast & Furious 6$29,610-28%141-50$210$238,454,14513Universal
15White House Down$21,322-53%107-52$199$72,117,1698Sony / Columbia
16The Croods$20,633-38%114-28$181$186,992,79222Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Internship$19,326-32%100-36$193$44,553,01211Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$130,307-21%5536$2,369$1,075,2853A24
2In a World...$73,546-22%3734$1,988$331,6672Roadside Attractions
3This Is The End$23,739-39%58-44$409$96,677,93210Sony / Columbia
4After Earth$18,778-22%77-32$244$60,522,09712Sony / Columbia
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$13,807-25%88-47$157$144,812,79615Warner Bros.
6Pain and Gain$12,189-21%8667$142$49,847,90317Paramount
7Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$10,809-15%32-45$338$32,230,9077Lionsgate / Summit
8Unfinished Song$7,846-42%43-10$182$1,572,4729Weinstein Company
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,845-9%36-17$218$4,220,36211Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$4,138-14%4--$1,035$18,7221Freestyle Releasing
11Mud$4,070-27%28-16$145$21,566,68217Roadside Attractions
12The Bling Ring$2,18919%18-22$122$5,824,52410A24
13Inch'Allah$1,39282%1--$1,392$455,1811eOne Films US
14Stories We Tell$559-17%8-2$70$1,576,71515Roadside Attractions
15Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$278-2%1--$278$25,42724Rialto Pictures
16Girl Most Likely$26134%2-10$131$1,374,6655Roadside Attractions