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. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious: Chapter 2$6,643,342-50%3,049--$2,179$40,272,1031FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$3,292,498-39%3,091--$1,065$14,034,7641Relativity Media
3Riddick$1,901,370-31%3,11710$610$31,108,1752Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,417,232-42%3,239-91$438$100,003,7395Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$1,278,479-46%3,238-207$395$131,591,4816Warner Bros. / New Line
6Planes$982,636-31%2,739-294$359$83,028,8506Disney
7One Direction: This Is Us$607,094-41%2,300-435$264$26,957,3843Sony / TriStar
8Elysium$559,616-39%1,720-521$325$88,444,0746Sony / TriStar
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$545,281-38%1,638-407$333$62,093,5876Fox
10Despicable Me 2$397,370-35%1,006-44$395$359,113,97511Universal
11The World's End$321,103-44%1,243-277$258$23,972,8574Focus
12The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$298,152-41%1,576-943$189$29,642,6854Sony / Screen Gems
13This Is The End$194,981-38%1,333-828$146$100,434,25914Sony / Columbia
14Getaway$172,327-37%1,378-757$125$9,984,9453Warner Bros.
15You're Next$115,037-43%1,110-792$104$17,938,7684Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$2,083,85251%933216$2,233$27,193,4103Lionsgate / Pantelion
22 Guns$222,460-39%908-257$245$73,450,0807Universal
3The Smurfs 2$212,386-29%693-256$306$68,949,8427Sony / Columbia
4The Spectacular Now$185,043-36%770355$240$5,737,7207A24
5The Grandmaster$142,318-26%705-99$202$5,840,1134Weinstein Company
6Turbo$139,214-28%353-5$394$81,131,1239Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Conjuring$137,874-43%676-40$204$136,002,8409Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Wolverine$137,474-44%540-158$255$130,226,0588Fox
9World War Z$92,874-29%280-94$332$201,835,67613Paramount
10In a World...$74,162-43%14442$515$2,059,6366Roadside Attractions
11The Way, Way Back$68,283-50%421-129$162$20,850,38311Fox Searchlight
12Pacific Rim$67,038-31%254-53$264$101,197,79410Warner Bros.
13Kick-Ass 2$65,170-38%343-319$190$28,556,8805Universal
14The Heat$64,940-49%336-14$193$158,298,26312Fox
15Grown Ups 2$64,724-51%294-61$220$131,017,50310Sony / Columbia
16The Ultimate Life$59,325-39%4120$144$1,071,0602High Top Releasing
17Closed Circuit$57,891-39%413-457$140$5,595,2463Focus
18Jobs$53,013-37%239-263$222$15,883,0525Open Road
19R.I.P.D.$33,620-42%164-17$205$33,455,8559Universal
20Now You See Me$32,620-41%171-34$191$117,575,14316Lionsgate / Summit
21Red 2$27,222-55%209-41$130$52,627,0709Lionsgate / Summit
22Fruitvale Station$19,744-35%137-51$144$15,881,01710Weinstein Company
23White House Down$16,791-45%117-51$144$73,103,78412Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$16,102-41%91-110$177$291,021,56514Warner Bros.
2Salinger$12,321-40%40$3,080$157,6732Weinstein Company
3Populaire$12,121-23%1512$808$61,3532Weinstein Company
4Afternoon Delight$10,219-21%3914$262$152,4633The Film Arcade
5Chennai Express$7,658-50%30-23$255$5,266,3226UTV Motion Pictures
6Satyagraha$6,259-45%35-44$179$724,0883UTV Motion Pictures
7Paranoia$5,469-70%71-107$77$7,254,8815Relativity Media
8Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,514-9%10$2,514$20,6812Rialto Pictures
9Unfinished Song$2,494-22%17-4$147$1,661,70713Weinstein Company
10Jayne Mansfield's Car$1,962-51%11--$178$9,3201Anchor Bay Films
11Passion$1,571-33%12-1$131$85,7263eOne Films US
12Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,395-57%14-5$100$4,291,09415Roadside Attractions
13Savannah$1,016-10%61$169$34,2314Ketchup Entertainment
14Stories We Tell$185285%4-5$46$1,595,84119Roadside Attractions