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 Wed, Sep. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious: Chapter 2$1,241,855-34%3,049--$407$45,155,0241FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$1,027,881-30%3,091--$333$17,691,3981Relativity Media
3Riddick$545,475-22%3,11710$175$32,978,4002Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$501,201-20%3,239-91$155$101,636,8025Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$453,134-17%3,238-207$140$133,054,1426Warner Bros. / New Line
6Elysium$206,613-19%1,720-521$120$89,115,7176Sony / TriStar
7Planes$154,745-10%2,739-294$56$83,521,3896Disney
8The World's End$129,552-16%1,243-277$104$24,385,3544Focus
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$83,882-24%1,638-407$51$62,379,4186Fox
10The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$82,059-25%1,576-943$52$29,916,7504Sony / Screen Gems
11This Is The End$78,826-18%1,333-828$59$100,698,52914Sony / Columbia
12One Direction: This Is Us$77,042-33%2,300-435$33$27,237,9673Sony / TriStar
13Despicable Me 2$60,360-14%1,006-44$60$359,310,14511Universal
14Getaway$53,057-12%1,378-757$39$10,155,4973Warner Bros.
15You're Next$41,612-18%1,110-792$37$18,076,3674Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$297,839-22%933216$319$28,256,8433Lionsgate / Pantelion
22 Guns$86,125-18%908-257$95$73,726,8807Universal
3The Spectacular Now$68,209-8%770355$89$5,946,9607A24
4The Grandmaster$49,422-15%705-99$70$6,003,6854Weinstein Company
5The Conjuring$47,411-13%676-40$70$136,158,5179Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Wolverine$44,865-25%540-158$83$130,380,1388Fox
7In a World...$28,094-8%14442$195$2,144,9176Roadside Attractions
8Closed Circuit$25,988-6%413-457$63$5,672,2643Focus
9World War Z$25,077-19%280-94$90$201,922,75713Paramount
10The Way, Way Back$24,651-8%421-129$59$20,926,18211Fox Searchlight
11Turbo$24,1370%353-5$68$81,205,4009Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$23,586-17%336-14$70$158,373,18912Fox
13The Ultimate Life$21,609-16%4120$52$1,141,0182High Top Releasing
14Kick-Ass 2$20,580-25%343-319$60$28,628,9155Universal
15Jobs$18,805-23%239-263$79$15,943,2395Open Road
16Pacific Rim$17,637-21%254-53$69$101,258,21110Warner Bros.
17Red 2$11,708-12%209-41$56$52,661,9999Lionsgate / Summit
18Now You See Me$9,785-18%171-34$57$117,606,89216Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$8,982-10%137-51$66$15,908,36010Weinstein Company
20R.I.P.D.$8,250-16%164-17$50$33,482,9659Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$27,734--4--$6,934$27,7340Fox Searchlight
2Man of Steel$5,609-16%91-110$62$291,039,58514Warner Bros.
3Salinger$5,26913%40$1,317$171,9792Weinstein Company
4Populaire$4,1163%1512$274$73,9172Weinstein Company
5Paranoia$3,024-34%71-107$43$7,264,9265Relativity Media
6Unfinished Song$2,60590%17-4$153$1,667,04213Weinstein Company
7Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,07316%10$2,073$26,1032Rialto Pictures
8Satyagraha$1,138-66%35-44$33$729,6703UTV Motion Pictures
9Chennai Express$898-66%30-23$30$5,271,5096UTV Motion Pictures
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$89553%14-5$64$4,293,43115Roadside Attractions
11Passion$823-32%12-1$69$88,6303eOne Films US
12Jayne Mansfield's Car$711-12%11--$65$11,6401Anchor Bay Films
13Savannah$202-38%61$34$35,0924Ketchup Entertainment
14Stories We Tell$51-2%4-5$13$1,595,97919Roadside Attractions
15Underdogs (2013)$5--10$5$35,2555Freestyle Releasing