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 Sun, Sep. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$4,505,150-38%3,107--$1,450$19,030,3751Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,073,878-48%3,3300$623$91,403,1064Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$1,777,397-51%3,4450$516$123,613,9315Warner Bros. / New Line
4Planes$1,206,307-41%3,033-226$398$79,124,9955Disney
5One Direction: This Is Us$1,008,666-46%2,7350$369$23,936,9652Sony / TriStar
6Elysium$795,555-45%2,241-298$355$85,118,5995Sony / TriStar
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$677,370-44%2,045-348$331$59,773,3055Fox
8The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$583,897-43%2,519-599$232$27,851,2043Sony / Screen Gems
9The World's End$567,095-46%1,520-33$373$21,784,1113Focus
10Getaway$521,253-49%2,1355$244$8,680,1632Warner Bros.
11This Is The End$463,426-46%2,1612127$214$98,847,91213Sony / Columbia
12Despicable Me 2$425,255-41%1,050-234$405$357,558,31510Universal
13You're Next$358,219-52%1,902-535$188$16,907,0323Lionsgate
142 Guns$332,025-50%1,165-246$285$72,077,4206Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$3,208,641-3%717369$4,475$20,360,8932Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Smurfs 2$293,375-37%949-417$309$68,177,4266Sony / Columbia
3The Grandmaster$286,994-36%80455$357$4,959,0063Weinstein Company
4Closed Circuit$215,399-50%8700$248$5,023,6672Focus
5The Wolverine$179,316-50%698-290$257$129,411,1337Fox
6The Spectacular Now$164,962-46%41530$397$4,775,7366A24
7The Conjuring$160,602-53%716-187$224$135,185,9858Warner Bros. / New Line
8Kick-Ass 2$152,265-48%662-984$230$28,094,5604Universal
9The Ultimate Life$149,113-34%412--$362$659,9121High Top Releasing
10Monsters University$135,582-38%596-1293$227$264,989,13612Disney
11Turbo$132,253-37%358-80$369$80,613,7488Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12World War Z$119,632-40%374-873$320$201,359,01912Paramount
13Jobs$103,002-46%502-800$205$15,524,1284Open Road
14The Way, Way Back$101,778-55%550-104$185$20,409,13310Fox Searchlight
15Pacific Rim$87,734-47%307-94$286$100,860,3909Warner Bros.
16Grown Ups 2$84,308-56%355-116$237$130,648,7219Sony / Columbia
17The Heat$78,495-56%350-43$224$157,896,66611Fox
18In a World...$68,173-48%10211$668$1,669,0325Roadside Attractions
19Now You See Me$48,597-45%205-34$237$117,386,29015Lionsgate / Summit
20R.I.P.D.$41,630-47%1810$230$33,284,6308Universal
21Red 2$36,464-53%250-11$146$52,443,3148Lionsgate / Summit
22Man of Steel$33,636-40%201-83$167$290,925,47113Warner Bros.
23White House Down$28,428-48%168-38$169$72,997,13811Sony / Columbia
24Fruitvale Station$24,962-50%188-106$133$15,760,4879Weinstein Company
25Star Trek Into Darkness$15,558-43%106-852$147$228,756,23217Paramount
26Paranoia$11,845-56%178-214$67$7,192,9604Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$26,800-43%79-4$339$673,1372UTV Motion Pictures
2Salinger$22,274-36%4--$5,569$86,9561Weinstein Company
3Chennai Express$15,563-52%53-40$294$5,220,9265UTV Motion Pictures
4Winnie Mandela$14,972-42%32--$468$61,8471RLJ / Image Entertainment
5Afternoon Delight$14,486-42%2523$579$94,9582The Film Arcade
6Epic$12,199-26%56-24$218$107,492,28416Fox
7Populaire$4,082-48%3--$1,361$15,6901Weinstein Company
8Passion$3,981-46%13-1$306$71,8462eOne Films US
9Unfinished Song$3,349-31%214$159$1,647,75412Weinstein Company
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,01915%196$159$4,279,34814Roadside Attractions
11Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,189-32%1--$2,189$8,3221Rialto Pictures
12Stories We Tell$1,832-18%95$204$1,591,10718Roadside Attractions
13Savannah$963-6%50$193$29,6733Ketchup Entertainment
14The Servant (2013 re-issue)$470-1%1-1$470$36,6687Rialto Pictures
15Mud$43745%4-2$109$21,589,30720Roadside Attractions
16Girl Most Likely$43722%21$219$1,378,4268Roadside Attractions
17Underdogs (2013)$17-95%10$17$34,8104Freestyle Releasing