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 Wed, Aug. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,761,420-19%3,110177$566$57,549,0962Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,319,453-20%3,445120$383$95,689,5793Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$810,343-19%3,378-338$240$62,330,6673Disney
4Elysium$746,006-22%2,913-371$256$71,376,0293Sony / TriStar
5The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$710,779-34%3,11872$228$16,774,7641Sony / Screen Gems
6The World's End$663,747-25%1,551--$428$11,170,6351Focus
7You're Next$513,092-25%2,437--$211$8,848,1551Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$475,643-28%2,730-142$174$50,107,8623Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$427,025-33%2,9455$145$24,116,7452Universal
10The Smurfs 2$352,947-29%1,852-262$191$63,858,4244Sony / Columbia
112 Guns$309,575-24%1,769-441$175$66,409,1754Universal
12Jobs$295,794-22%2,3810$124$13,009,3092Open Road
13Despicable Me 2$288,420-18%1,311-253$220$351,676,5908Universal
14The Wolverine$232,747-26%1,449-266$161$125,895,8355Fox
15The Conjuring$181,069-21%1,355-646$134$132,296,6856Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$140,915-24%2,4590$57$6,728,3472Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Closed Circuit$248,704--862--$289$248,7040Focus
2The Spectacular Now$140,89470%345290$408$2,207,8114A24
3Grown Ups 2$65,942-17%620-396$106$129,164,3607Sony / Columbia
4Turbo$62,833-11%470-114$134$78,988,0266Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Heat$59,774-10%409-145$146$156,576,3689Fox
6The Way, Way Back$44,625-16%302-128$148$18,775,4948Fox Searchlight
7Pacific Rim$42,161-31%260-184$162$99,331,8807Warner Bros.
8World War Z$39,826-15%239-68$167$198,987,06910Paramount
9Now You See Me$38,380-14%246112$156$116,556,91413Lionsgate / Summit
10Fruitvale Station$35,211-13%392-85$90$15,296,2677Weinstein Company
11Red 2$31,921-20%389-326$82$51,713,6806Lionsgate / Summit
12Chennai Express$29,446-49%144-46$204$4,808,2453UTV Motion Pictures
13Man of Steel$29,147-12%303-62$96$290,327,99811Warner Bros.
14R.I.P.D.$16,110-18%179-2$90$32,784,3006Universal
15Star Trek Into Darkness$15,323-2%144-66$106$227,424,11015Paramount
16Epic$6,525-22%115-53$57$107,377,57714Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$31,829-10%7538$424$830,4233Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$15,511-6%7--$2,216$181,7101Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$5,405-8%98-43$55$238,566,98514Universal
4Unfinished Song$4,37729%27-16$162$1,622,33410Weinstein Company
5The Croods$3,373-10%69-45$49$187,083,61423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Girl Rising$2,340--1--$2,340$1,528,82825Gathr Films
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,037-33%27-9$75$4,259,63612Roadside Attractions
8Savannah$1,6499%14--$118$20,3361Ketchup Entertainment
9Mud$696-24%16-12$44$21,584,25618Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$480-24%2-2$240$30,2152Freestyle Releasing
11Stories We Tell$334-25%6-2$56$1,584,44316Roadside Attractions
12Girl Most Likely$29677%1-1$296$1,376,8796Roadside Attractions
13Inch'Allah$19311%21$97$458,4252eOne Films US
14Pain and Gain$83-14%22-64$4$49,875,21618Paramount