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. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,721,104-32%3,110177$1,518$51,760,6252Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$3,421,299-39%3,445120$993$91,287,3183Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$2,522,870-32%3,378-338$747$59,599,9093Disney
4The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$2,445,196-35%3,118--$784$14,088,3591Sony / Screen Gems
5The World's End$2,171,751-31%1,551--$1,400$8,811,7901Focus
6Elysium$2,007,694-31%2,913-371$689$68,880,2183Sony / TriStar
7You're Next$1,532,399-39%2,437--$629$7,020,1961Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,476,846-36%2,730-350$541$48,421,1693Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$1,251,625-29%2,9455$425$22,526,4452Universal
102 Guns$929,705-36%1,841-630$505$65,353,9954Universal
11The Smurfs 2$837,397-29%1,852-497$452$62,580,3704Sony / Columbia
12Despicable Me 2$785,120-29%1,402-416$560$350,701,1358Universal
13Jobs$761,002-36%2,3810$320$12,009,3012Open Road
14The Wolverine$689,069-36%1,449-609$476$125,079,4635Fox
15The Conjuring$487,174-47%1,355-646$360$131,668,9926Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$321,543-42%2,4590$131$6,250,2932Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grown Ups 2$200,724-52%620-621$324$128,945,2487Sony / Columbia
2Turbo$195,655-30%470-289$416$78,785,4456Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Spectacular Now$194,518-18%15499$1,263$1,904,4124A24
4The Heat$125,114-50%409-282$306$156,392,7669Fox
5Chennai Express$108,654-36%144-46$755$4,687,7523UTV Motion Pictures
6Pacific Rim$108,567-38%260-184$418$99,174,9807Warner Bros.
7The Way, Way Back$102,031-44%302-155$338$18,628,0978Fox Searchlight
8Man of Steel$97,445-37%303-62$322$290,229,82211Warner Bros.
9Now You See Me$95,343-33%246112$388$116,433,75013Lionsgate / Summit
10Red 2$90,234-41%389-326$232$51,605,1256Lionsgate / Summit
11World War Z$88,279-34%239-68$369$198,854,94110Paramount
12Fruitvale Station$77,238-34%392-85$197$15,185,2497Weinstein Company
13White House Down$68,275-42%229122$298$72,425,6929Sony / Columbia
14R.I.P.D.$52,805-44%179-24$295$32,731,4956Universal
15Star Trek Into Darkness$30,762-34%144-66$214$227,377,84415Paramount
16Epic$23,618-31%115-53$205$107,356,60514Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$78,483-37%7538$1,046$732,7793Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$40,388-24%7--$5,770$132,6171Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$15,685-33%98-43$160$238,550,31014Universal
4This Is The End$13,366-28%38-20$352$96,771,09311Sony / Columbia
5The Croods$12,803-28%69-45$186$187,073,69723Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Unfinished Song$5,487-14%27-16$203$1,611,25010Weinstein Company
7Savannah$3,601-42%14--$257$15,5991Ketchup Entertainment
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,208-34%27-9$119$4,252,25812Roadside Attractions
9Mud$1,871-49%16-12$117$21,581,88618Roadside Attractions
10Girl Rising$1,720--1--$1,720$1,526,48825Gathr Films
11Underdogs (2013)$1,355-36%2-2$678$28,5292Freestyle Releasing
12Stories We Tell$1,069-33%6-2$178$1,583,03316Roadside Attractions
13The Servant (2013 re-issue)$994-19%1--$994$21,3665Rialto Pictures
14Pain and Gain$603-30%22-64$27$49,874,93318Paramount
15The Bling Ring$425-72%7-11$61$5,831,56511A24
16Inch'Allah$356-51%21$178$457,8852eOne Films US
17Girl Most Likely$310-15%1-1$310$1,376,1266Roadside Attractions