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 Tue, Aug. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,054,40713%2,933--$1,041$30,396,1241Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$2,458,24713%3,32565$739$74,332,0052Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$1,855,42219%3,2840$565$59,417,8392Sony / TriStar
4Planes$1,600,94013%3,71614$431$48,356,2072Disney
5Kick-Ass 2$1,558,20013%2,940--$530$16,272,9301Universal
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,222,96421%3,08049$397$41,512,5942Fox
7The Smurfs 2$873,96842%2,349-1518$372$58,571,1363Sony / Columbia
82 Guns$778,36521%2,471-557$315$60,877,0203Universal
9Jobs$701,0116%2,381--$294$8,077,5121Open Road
10The Wolverine$655,64623%2,058-809$319$121,738,9564Fox
11Despicable Me 2$581,76010%1,818-577$320$347,223,8357Universal
12The Conjuring$522,1408%2,001-649$261$128,844,3555Warner Bros. / New Line
13Paranoia$449,98924%2,459--$183$4,342,2951Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$197,84412%1,241-861$159$127,767,7226Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turbo$137,5753%759-1012$181$77,929,1315Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Pacific Rim$119,31016%444-536$269$98,612,0276Warner Bros.
3The Heat$114,55817%691-660$166$155,685,5578Fox
4Chennai Express$108,63879%190-6$572$4,183,8262UTV Motion Pictures
5The Way, Way Back$96,5201%457-323$211$18,042,7097Fox Searchlight
6Red 2$92,93818%715-859$130$51,132,7925Lionsgate / Summit
7Fruitvale Station$72,51711%477-351$152$14,777,7596Weinstein Company
8World War Z$66,64214%307-198$217$198,428,7159Paramount
9Man of Steel$66,52810%365-61$182$289,760,85710Warner Bros.
10R.I.P.D.$30,45015%203-275$150$32,480,4055Universal
11Star Trek Into Darkness$29,56512%210-46$141$227,217,75014Paramount
12Now You See Me$28,56929%134-9$213$116,049,29712Lionsgate / Summit
13Epic$18,29323%168-54$109$107,246,74313Fox
14The Croods$11,47629%114-28$101$187,013,17922Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Fast & Furious 6$11,2807%141-50$80$238,476,00013Universal
16The Internship$9,1851%100-36$92$44,571,33311Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$54,7342%5536$995$1,183,5403A24
2In a World...$31,51317%3734$852$390,0502Roadside Attractions
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$6,546-1%88-47$74$144,825,92315Warner Bros.
4Unfinished Song$5,43637%43-10$126$1,581,8729Weinstein Company
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,88650%36-17$136$4,228,51011Roadside Attractions
6Pain and Gain$4,733-6%8667$55$49,857,69417Paramount
7Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$3,227-10%32-45$101$32,237,7347Lionsgate / Summit
8Mud$2,30235%28-16$82$21,570,68417Roadside Attractions
9The Bling Ring$1,23635%18-22$69$5,826,67610A24
10Underdogs (2013)$1,008-39%4--$252$21,3851Freestyle Releasing
11Stories We Tell$763-34%8-2$95$1,578,63315Roadside Attractions
12Inch'Allah$250-2%1--$250$455,6871eOne Films US
13Girl Rising$100-97%7--$14$1,517,23824Gathr Films
14Girl Most Likely$87-36%2-10$44$1,374,8885Roadside Attractions