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, Sep. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$7,208,240-1%3,107--$2,320$14,525,2251Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,958,41367%3,3300$1,189$89,329,2284Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$3,620,02558%3,4450$1,051$121,836,5345Warner Bros. / New Line
4Planes$2,028,288129%3,033-226$669$77,918,6885Disney
5One Direction: This Is Us$1,875,13661%2,7350$686$22,928,2992Sony / TriStar
6Elysium$1,453,02663%2,241-298$648$84,323,0445Sony / TriStar
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,206,707123%2,045-348$590$59,095,9355Fox
8The World's End$1,044,21048%1,520-33$687$21,217,0163Focus
9The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,031,47274%2,519-599$409$27,267,3073Sony / Screen Gems
10Getaway$1,026,51659%2,1355$481$8,158,9102Warner Bros.
11This Is The End$851,03045%2,1612127$394$98,384,48613Sony / Columbia
12You're Next$741,41953%1,902-535$390$16,548,8133Lionsgate
13Despicable Me 2$724,500134%1,050-234$690$357,133,06010Universal
142 Guns$658,22557%1,165-246$565$71,745,3956Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$3,302,179102%717369$4,606$17,152,2522Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Smurfs 2$462,726217%949-417$488$67,884,0516Sony / Columbia
3The Grandmaster$450,30454%80455$560$4,672,0123Weinstein Company
4Closed Circuit$430,13147%8700$494$4,808,2682Focus
5The Wolverine$360,85673%698-290$517$129,231,8177Fox
6The Conjuring$342,03056%716-187$478$135,025,3838Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Spectacular Now$307,07046%41530$740$4,610,7746A24
8Kick-Ass 2$291,28052%662-984$440$27,942,2954Universal
9The Way, Way Back$225,19670%550-104$409$20,307,35510Fox Searchlight
10The Ultimate Life$225,002-21%412--$546$510,7991High Top Releasing
11Monsters University$219,204125%596-1293$368$264,853,55412Disney
12Turbo$211,428148%358-80$591$80,481,4958Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13World War Z$201,00471%374-873$537$201,239,38712Paramount
14Jobs$191,01166%502-800$381$15,421,1264Open Road
15Grown Ups 2$189,62988%355-116$534$130,564,4139Sony / Columbia
16The Heat$177,85064%350-43$508$157,818,17111Fox
17Pacific Rim$164,34875%307-94$535$100,772,6569Warner Bros.
18In a World...$131,77763%10211$1,292$1,600,8595Roadside Attractions
19Now You See Me$88,87557%205-34$434$117,337,69315Lionsgate / Summit
20R.I.P.D.$77,83091%1810$430$33,243,0008Universal
21Red 2$76,97554%250-11$308$52,406,8508Lionsgate / Summit
22Man of Steel$56,07080%201-83$279$290,891,83513Warner Bros.
23White House Down$54,71764%168-38$326$72,968,71011Sony / Columbia
24Fruitvale Station$50,24356%188-106$267$15,735,5259Weinstein Company
25Star Trek Into Darkness$27,50765%106-852$260$228,740,67417Paramount
26Paranoia$27,13246%178-214$152$7,181,1154Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$46,87960%79-4$593$646,3372UTV Motion Pictures
2Salinger$35,04918%4--$8,762$64,6821Weinstein Company
3Chennai Express$32,18875%53-40$607$5,205,3635UTV Motion Pictures
4Winnie Mandela$25,76922%32--$805$46,8751RLJ / Image Entertainment
5Afternoon Delight$24,96648%2523$999$80,4722The Film Arcade
6Epic$16,484202%56-24$294$107,480,08516Fox
7Populaire$7,776103%3--$2,592$11,6081Weinstein Company
8Passion$7,40453%13-1$570$67,8652eOne Films US
9Unfinished Song$4,82858%214$230$1,644,40512Weinstein Company
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$3,23311%1--$3,233$6,1331Rialto Pictures
11Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,62663%196$138$4,276,32914Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$2,23485%95$248$1,589,27518Roadside Attractions
13Savannah$1,0247%50$205$28,7103Ketchup Entertainment
14The Servant (2013 re-issue)$47526%1-1$475$36,1987Rialto Pictures
15Underdogs (2013)$372226%10$372$34,7934Freestyle Releasing
16Girl Most Likely$359--21$180$1,377,9898Roadside Attractions
17Mud$30257%4-2$76$21,588,87020Roadside Attractions