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, Sep. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,322,986-7%3,330220$1,598$79,466,3783Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$3,572,851-29%3,4450$1,037$113,240,0124Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$3,130,6174%3,259-119$961$73,969,9924Disney
4One Direction: This Is Us$2,657,378-9%2,735--$972$18,472,8751Sony / TriStar
5Elysium$1,981,915-21%2,539-374$781$80,524,5124Sony / TriStar
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,708,120-3%2,393-337$714$56,729,4664Fox
7The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,594,293-19%3,1180$511$24,523,8932Sony / Screen Gems
8The World's End$1,475,023-22%1,5532$950$18,320,5692Focus
9Blue Jasmine$1,319,595--1,179--$1,119$21,772,6316Sony Pictures Classics
10Getaway$1,102,250-26%2,130--$517$5,606,1421Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me 2$1,040,040-5%1,284-118$810$355,739,2909Universal
12You're Next$977,539-33%2,4370$401$14,409,0692Lionsgate
13The Smurfs 2$883,25115%1,366-486$647$66,985,8635Sony / Columbia
142 Guns$747,855-28%1,411-430$530$70,096,3305Universal
15Monsters University$717,4168%1,889--$380$264,286,36911Disney
16Kick-Ass 2$518,490-28%1,646-1299$315$26,998,0603Universal
17World War Z$387,654-21%1,2471008$311$200,674,20511Paramount
18Jobs$339,001-25%1,302-1079$260$14,806,3473Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$2,532,132-19%348--$7,276$10,378,5581Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$703,542-18%749742$939$3,377,3782Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$651,954-20%870--$749$3,628,7311Focus
4The Wolverine$500,059-23%988-461$506$128,322,2876Fox
5The Spectacular Now$349,410-15%385231$908$3,818,8605A24
6The Conjuring$287,696-46%903-452$319$134,183,9287Warner Bros. / New Line
7Turbo$284,2491%438-32$649$80,087,1337Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Star Trek Into Darkness$271,664-16%958814$284$228,496,82416Paramount
9The Way, Way Back$241,930-17%654352$370$19,806,5779Fox Searchlight
10Pacific Rim$199,817-35%401141$498$100,366,2648Warner Bros.
11Grown Ups 2$168,542-48%471-149$358$130,188,4478Sony / Columbia
12The Heat$125,021-55%393-16$318$157,430,52710Fox
13Now You See Me$115,670-19%239-7$484$117,096,98514Lionsgate / Summit
14Man of Steel$99,981-10%284-19$352$290,750,25712Warner Bros.
15Red 2$97,497-31%261-128$374$52,210,6077Lionsgate / Summit
16The Lone Ranger$88,444--254--$348$88,559,3389Disney
17Fruitvale Station$64,470-11%294-98$219$15,590,1348Weinstein Company
18White House Down$61,594-36%206--$299$72,834,44310Sony / Columbia
19Paranoia$57,167-6%392-2067$146$7,092,9693Relativity Media
20R.I.P.D.$52,490-37%1812$290$33,084,5457Universal
21Iron Man 3$48,763--160--$305$408,883,15618Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$110,042-11%9116$1,209$1,306,1044Roadside Attractions
2Satyagraha$88,566-41%83--$1,067$500,7141UTV Motion Pictures
3Austenland$73,321--52--$1,410$493,4643Sony Pictures Classics
4Chennai Express$55,455-41%93-51$596$5,122,2404UTV Motion Pictures
5Blackfish$34,445--82--$420$1,845,5097Magnolia Pictures
6Short Term 12$31,287--16--$1,955$199,7192Cinedigm
720 Feet from Stardom$28,790--58--$496$4,405,51012RADiUS-TWC
8Epic$20,6738%80-35$258$107,452,35615Fox
9Ain't Them Bodies Saints$20,059--41--$489$227,0953IFC Films
10Hubble 3D$19,424--11--$1,766$40,569,990181Warner Bros. / IMAX
11This Is The End$16,503-69%34--$485$96,924,49912Sony / Columbia
12Drinking Buddies$14,280--12--$1,190$88,7662Magnolia Pictures
13The Croods$13,76918%45-24$306$187,130,66724Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Fast & Furious 6$9,145-77%59-39$155$238,673,37015Universal
15Under the Sea 3D$9,123--7--$1,303$33,579,519238Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Passion$8,924-16%14--$637$42,4691eOne Films US
17Afternoon Delight$7,124-23%2--$3,562$34,4761The Film Arcade
18Therese (2013)$6,917--8--$865$59,0692MPI Pictures
19Space Station 3D$6,604--3--$2,201$88,933,852594IMAX
20To the Arctic 3D$5,781--13--$445$13,500,70072Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Before Midnight$5,692--18--$316$8,052,14215Sony Pictures Classics
22Born to Be Wild 3D$5,606--9--$623$22,945,051126Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Cutie and the Boxer$5,314--12--$443$106,6483RADiUS-TWC
24When Comedy Went to School$4,911--12--$409$136,0755International Film Circuit
25Prince Avalanche$4,827--23--$210$148,1534Magnolia Pictures
26Still Mine$4,797--15--$320$1,016,7688IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
27The Internship$4,353--20--$218$44,645,49613Fox
28Una Noche$4,348--5--$870$47,2882IFC Films
29The Act of Killing$3,722--15--$248$379,5987Drafthouse Films
30The Hunt$3,440--11--$313$568,4858Magnolia Pictures
31Hannah Arendt$3,363--8--$420$636,50514Zeitgeist Films
32Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,07589%13-14$237$4,268,49713Roadside Attractions
33Deep Sea 3D$2,989--9--$332$45,842,333392Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Frances Ha$2,448--4--$612$4,054,00416IFC Films
35I'm So Excited$2,414--11--$219$1,327,69110Sony Pictures Classics
36Unfinished Song$2,22110%17-10$131$1,634,53211Weinstein Company
37I Declare War$2,159--14--$154$10,7931Drafthouse Films
38The Servant (2013 re-issue)$2,126-13%2--$1,063$33,4156Rialto Pictures
39Lovelace$2,029--5--$406$354,7844RADiUS-TWC
40The Patience Stone$1,768--5--$354$66,6633Sony Pictures Classics
41Drug War$1,734--7--$248$110,2686Variance Films / Well Go USA
42Our Nixon$1,476--3--$492$7,5661Cinedigm
43Free the Mind$1,132--4--$283$116,10418International Film Circuit
44Savannah$1,0184%5-9$204$25,5512Ketchup Entertainment
45Fill the Void$1,002--7--$143$1,761,27615Sony Pictures Classics
46Underdogs (2013)$9898%1-1$989$33,9013Freestyle Releasing
47Love Is All You Need$756--3--$252$1,614,16018Sony Pictures Classics
48The Last Flight of the Champion$72744%15--$48$2,2201High Top Releasing
49Mud$644-17%6-10$107$21,588,04819Roadside Attractions
50Inch'Allah$56122%20$281$460,9453eOne Films US
51I Give It a Year$524--4--$131$24,1584Magnolia Pictures
52Crystal Fairy$523--9--$58$187,4818IFC Films
53Europa Report$496--3--$165$114,8555Magnolia / Magnet
54A Hijacking$477--5--$95$401,36611Magnolia Pictures
55The Silence$397--1--$397$97,25926Music Box Films
56American Made Movie$326--2--$163$36,1471Variance Films
57Paradise: Faith$262--2--$131$4,6782Strand Releasing
58Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$107--2--$54$18,7655Doppelgänger Releasing
59An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$105--1--$105$67,96319Variance Films
60Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$61--1--$61$19,29313Magnolia Pictures
61Girl Most Likely$42-63%10$42$1,377,5817Roadside Attractions
62A Band Called Death$26--2--$13$123,77010Drafthouse Films
63Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$24--1--$24$101,5819Magnolia Pictures
64Only God Forgives$16--3--$5$775,8657RADiUS-TWC
65100 Bloody Acres$14--1--$14$6,24810Doppelgänger Releasing