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 Tue, Sep. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious: Chapter 2$1,868,9985%3,049--$613$43,913,1691FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$1,475,26728%3,091--$477$16,663,5171Relativity Media
3Riddick$701,32512%3,11710$225$32,432,9252Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$630,13926%3,239-91$195$101,135,6015Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$548,39919%3,238-207$169$132,601,0086Warner Bros. / New Line
6Elysium$256,25023%1,720-521$149$88,909,1046Sony / TriStar
7Planes$171,6413%2,739-294$63$83,366,6446Disney
8The World's End$153,96819%1,243-277$124$24,255,8024Focus
9One Direction: This Is Us$115,80932%2,300-435$50$27,160,9253Sony / TriStar
10The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$110,06534%1,576-943$70$29,834,6914Sony / Screen Gems
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$109,86819%1,638-407$67$62,295,5366Fox
12This Is The End$96,4728%1,333-828$72$100,619,70314Sony / Columbia
13Despicable Me 2$70,4208%1,006-44$70$359,249,78511Universal
14Getaway$60,2445%1,378-757$44$10,102,4403Warner Bros.
15You're Next$50,81612%1,110-792$46$18,034,7554Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$382,0150%933216$409$27,959,0043Lionsgate / Pantelion
22 Guns$104,42021%908-257$115$73,640,7557Universal
3The Spectacular Now$74,40212%770355$97$5,878,7507A24
4The Wolverine$60,02822%540-158$111$130,335,2738Fox
5The Grandmaster$57,8783%705-99$82$5,954,2634Weinstein Company
6The Conjuring$54,4961%676-40$81$136,111,1069Warner Bros. / New Line
7World War Z$30,9330%280-94$110$201,897,68013Paramount
8In a World...$30,44814%14442$211$2,116,8236Roadside Attractions
9The Heat$28,27123%336-14$84$158,349,60312Fox
10Closed Circuit$27,74719%413-457$67$5,646,2763Focus
11Kick-Ass 2$27,44514%343-319$80$28,608,3355Universal
12The Way, Way Back$26,77110%421-129$64$20,901,53111Fox Searchlight
13The Ultimate Life$25,72614%4120$62$1,119,4092High Top Releasing
14Jobs$24,42244%239-263$102$15,924,4345Open Road
15Turbo$24,169-7%353-5$68$81,181,2639Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Pacific Rim$22,3289%254-53$88$101,240,57410Warner Bros.
17Red 2$13,31034%209-41$64$52,650,2919Lionsgate / Summit
18Now You See Me$11,99420%171-34$70$117,597,10716Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$9,95819%137-51$73$15,899,37810Weinstein Company
20R.I.P.D.$9,8409%164-17$60$33,474,7159Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$6,67917%91-110$73$291,033,97614Warner Bros.
2Salinger$4,6436%40$1,161$166,7102Weinstein Company
3Paranoia$4,55184%71-107$64$7,261,9025Relativity Media
4Populaire$4,011-10%1512$267$69,8012Weinstein Company
5Satyagraha$3,351207%35-44$96$728,5323UTV Motion Pictures
6Chennai Express$2,67866%30-23$89$5,270,6116UTV Motion Pictures
7Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,79415%10$1,794$24,0302Rialto Pictures
8Unfinished Song$1,3691%17-4$81$1,664,43713Weinstein Company
9Passion$1,20638%12-1$101$87,8073eOne Films US
10Jayne Mansfield's Car$8060%11--$73$10,9291Anchor Bay Films
11Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$585-32%14-5$42$4,292,53615Roadside Attractions
12Savannah$327-2%61$55$34,8904Ketchup Entertainment
13Stories We Tell$5249%4-5$13$1,595,92819Roadside Attractions