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 Sat, Aug. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,561,00354%3,330220$1,670$68,446,7193Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$4,553,79644%3,4450$1,322$104,657,2824Warner Bros. / New Line
3One Direction: This Is Us$4,039,044-54%2,735--$1,477$12,907,5741Sony / TriStar
4Planes$3,014,89676%3,259-119$925$67,815,7474Disney
5Elysium$2,332,04147%2,539-374$918$76,027,1914Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$2,066,45943%3,1180$663$20,965,8212Sony / Screen Gems
7The World's End$1,807,89935%1,5532$1,164$14,958,1172Focus
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,733,01974%2,393-337$724$53,267,3654Fox
9Getaway$1,586,24111%2,130--$745$3,017,1261Warner Bros.
10You're Next$1,491,87530%2,4370$612$11,975,6182Lionsgate
11Despicable Me 2$1,072,04580%1,284-118$835$353,607,8959Universal
122 Guns$952,42547%1,411-430$675$68,311,3905Universal
13The Smurfs 2$777,41592%1,366-486$569$65,336,0035Sony / Columbia
14Kick-Ass 2$707,78037%1,646-1299$430$25,755,3153Universal
15Monsters University$600,08998%1,889--$318$262,905,94411Disney
16World War Z$489,85175%1,2471008$393$199,793,94111Paramount
17Jobs$448,01648%1,302-1079$344$14,015,3393Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$2,784,84844%348--$8,002$4,713,7111Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Closed Circuit$904,77021%870--$1,040$2,164,6141Focus
3The Grandmaster$874,87818%749742$1,168$1,812,2492Weinstein Company
4The Wolverine$635,41948%988-461$643$127,174,7666Fox
5The Conjuring$526,35746%903-452$583$133,359,3877Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$404,82131%385231$1,051$3,056,9095A24
7Turbo$307,44086%438-32$702$79,520,0867Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pacific Rim$295,12456%401141$736$99,861,2188Warner Bros.
9Star Trek Into Darkness$289,84270%958814$303$227,901,48616Paramount
10Grown Ups 2$288,87456%471-149$613$129,698,6538Sony / Columbia
11The Way, Way Back$278,29258%654352$426$19,274,6629Fox Searchlight
12The Heat$246,75258%393-16$628$157,028,99510Fox
13Now You See Me$140,12039%239-7$586$116,838,46514Lionsgate / Summit
14Red 2$133,82347%261-128$513$51,970,8717Lionsgate / Summit
15Man of Steel$110,67760%284-19$390$290,539,76212Warner Bros.
16R.I.P.D.$90,49564%1812$500$32,948,7957Universal
17White House Down$90,03258%206-23$437$72,676,66310Sony / Columbia
18Fruitvale Station$71,27346%294-98$242$15,453,1518Weinstein Company
19Paranoia$64,21830%392-2067$164$6,975,1453Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$147,44628%83--$1,776$262,8661UTV Motion Pictures
2In a World...$128,57959%9116$1,413$1,072,7654Roadside Attractions
3Chennai Express$86,31768%93-51$928$4,972,3874UTV Motion Pictures
4Fast & Furious 6$37,465159%59-39$635$238,623,81015Universal
5This Is The End$29,94449%34-4$881$96,855,42412Sony / Columbia
6Epic$19,577120%80-35$245$107,412,52215Fox
7Passion$12,69624%14--$907$22,9651eOne Films US
8The Croods$11,68981%45-24$260$187,105,20524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Afternoon Delight$9,60413%2--$4,802$18,0811The Film Arcade
10The Servant (2013 re-issue)$3,04071%21$1,520$28,8366Rialto Pictures
11Unfinished Song$2,54444%17-10$150$1,630,29311Weinstein Company
12Underdogs (2013)$960124%1-1$960$31,9973Freestyle Releasing
13Savannah$907-9%5-9$181$23,5542Ketchup Entertainment
14Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$85416%13-14$66$4,263,79513Roadside Attractions
15Inch'Allah$837129%20$419$459,9263eOne Films US
16Mud$80543%6-10$134$21,586,63019Roadside Attractions
17The Last Flight of the Champion$457-14%15--$30$9891High Top Releasing
18Stories We Tell$39949%4-2$100$1,585,55717Roadside Attractions
19Girl Most Likely$26380%10$263$1,377,4247Roadside Attractions