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 Mon, Aug. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,845,504-61%3,110177$593$53,606,1292Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,436,383-58%3,445120$417$92,723,7013Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$917,979-64%3,378-338$272$60,517,8883Disney
4The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$902,731-63%3,118--$290$14,991,0901Sony / Screen Gems
5The World's End$808,471-63%1,551--$521$9,620,2611Focus
6Elysium$787,724-61%2,913-371$270$69,667,9423Sony / TriStar
7You're Next$632,248-59%2,437--$259$7,652,4441Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$552,891-63%2,730-350$203$48,974,0603Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$530,100-58%2,9455$180$23,056,5452Universal
10The Smurfs 2$429,114-49%1,852-497$232$63,009,4844Sony / Columbia
112 Guns$340,585-63%1,841-630$185$65,694,5804Universal
12Despicable Me 2$336,480-57%1,402-416$240$351,037,6158Universal
13Jobs$324,523-57%2,3810$136$12,333,8242Open Road
14The Wolverine$269,622-61%1,449-609$186$125,349,0855Fox
15The Conjuring$218,622-55%1,355-646$161$131,887,6146Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$150,842-53%2,4590$61$6,401,1352Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$79,468-59%15499$516$1,983,8804A24
2Grown Ups 2$73,277-63%620-621$118$129,018,5257Sony / Columbia
3Turbo$68,784-65%470-289$146$78,854,2296Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Heat$57,532-54%409-282$141$156,450,2989Fox
5Pacific Rim$53,439-51%260-184$206$99,228,4197Warner Bros.
6The Way, Way Back$49,702-51%302-155$165$18,677,7998Fox Searchlight
7World War Z$45,637-48%239-68$191$198,900,57810Paramount
8Now You See Me$40,103-58%246112$163$116,473,85313Lionsgate / Summit
9Red 2$36,657-59%389-326$94$51,641,7826Lionsgate / Summit
10Man of Steel$36,054-63%303-62$119$290,265,87611Warner Bros.
11Fruitvale Station$35,175-54%392-85$90$15,220,4247Weinstein Company
12Chennai Express$32,856-70%144-46$228$4,720,6083UTV Motion Pictures
13R.I.P.D.$17,005-68%179-24$95$32,748,5006Universal
14Star Trek Into Darkness$15,247-50%144-66$106$227,393,09115Paramount
15Epic$6,128-74%115-53$53$107,362,73314Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$30,467-61%7538$406$763,2463Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$17,043-58%7--$2,435$149,6601Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$5,390-66%98-43$55$238,555,70014Universal
4Unfinished Song$3,315-40%27-16$123$1,614,56510Weinstein Company
5The Croods$2,793-78%69-45$40$187,076,49023Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,308-28%27-9$85$4,254,56612Roadside Attractions
7Savannah$1,570-56%14--$112$17,1691Ketchup Entertainment
8Mud$756-60%16-12$47$21,582,64218Roadside Attractions
9Stories We Tell$632-41%6-2$105$1,583,66516Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$575-58%2-2$288$29,1042Freestyle Releasing
11Girl Most Likely$290-6%1-1$290$1,376,4166Roadside Attractions
12Inch'Allah$173-51%21$87$458,0582eOne Films US
13Pain and Gain$103-83%22-64$5$49,875,03618Paramount