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. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$8,995,48929%3,260--$2,759$15,969,8371Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$6,454,56938%3,155106$2,046$57,488,0642FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$3,212,81652%3,0910$1,039$23,966,3002Relativity Media
4We're the Millers$2,204,07763%3,003-235$734$137,058,6177Warner Bros. / New Line
5Battle of the Year$2,085,36447%2,008--$1,039$3,508,5091Sony / Screen Gems
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,026,02874%2,931-308$691$105,339,0966Weinstein Company
7Riddick$1,646,99063%3,022-95$545$36,167,6503Universal
8Planes$1,375,993152%2,446-293$563$85,604,1687Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$896,851123%1,473-165$609$63,771,4677Fox
10Elysium$689,23570%1,392-328$495$90,418,9607Sony / TriStar
11Despicable Me 2$682,720139%1,004-2$680$360,339,26012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$533,07374%1,706-594$312$28,159,1834Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$307,39672%1,047-529$294$30,490,6685Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$2,106,54953%97845$2,154$32,041,2344Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$1,279,50070%318--$4,024$2,034,2611Warner Bros.
3The World's End$337,39860%833-410$405$25,055,5635Focus
42 Guns$304,56059%752-156$405$74,313,9858Universal
5The Smurfs 2$275,589215%596-97$462$69,413,6238Sony / Columbia
6Thanks for Sharing$238,34941%269--$886$407,3481Roadside Attractions
7The Wolverine$215,03469%462-78$465$130,769,3609Fox
8Turbo$206,036129%333-20$619$81,525,52010Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Conjuring$195,62251%561-115$349$136,532,76310Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Spectacular Now$179,69461%571-199$315$6,310,0628A24
11This Is The End$144,23446%527-806$274$101,018,71715Sony / Columbia
12The Heat$133,90063%310-26$432$158,616,02813Fox
13Grown Ups 2$127,20382%258-36$493$131,278,28411Sony / Columbia
14In a World...$119,53683%1440$830$2,354,9277Roadside Attractions
15The Way, Way Back$108,01573%324-97$333$21,123,07912Fox Searchlight
16The Grandmaster$106,24562%473-232$225$6,228,1215Weinstein Company
17You're Next$97,28668%532-578$183$18,274,2655Lionsgate
18Getaway$91,69853%515-863$178$10,358,5684Warner Bros.
19World War Z$86,10367%203-77$424$202,086,64414Paramount
20Pacific Rim$81,56375%202-52$404$101,405,48511Warner Bros.
21Salinger$80,15050%138134$581$309,4953Weinstein Company
22R.I.P.D.$47,56580%151-13$315$33,565,99010Universal
23Kick-Ass 2$45,22561%201-142$225$28,724,5806Universal
24Red 2$44,64741%178-31$251$52,749,35810Lionsgate / Summit
25The Ultimate Life$43,82638%184-228$238$1,240,4313High Top Releasing
26Jobs$38,62354%152-87$254$16,025,9786Open Road
27Now You See Me$37,43556%133-38$281$117,679,13917Lionsgate / Summit
28Fruitvale Station$20,12167%103-34$195$15,950,88111Weinstein Company
29Closed Circuit$16,74058%105-308$159$5,724,3044Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$109,41874%4--$27,355$225,9041Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$72,08410%5--$14,417$137,6551Universal
3Paranoia$26,64227%8817$303$7,315,9396Relativity Media
4C.O.G.$13,89522%20--$695$25,2591Screen Media / Focus World
5Populaire$12,72563%205$636$98,8813Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$9,54644%20-10$477$5,289,1727UTV Motion Pictures
7Haute Cuisine$6,60261%3--$2,201$10,6981Weinstein Company
8Unfinished Song$5,79753%236$252$1,678,40814Weinstein Company
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,00463%184$222$4,301,19416Roadside Attractions
10Satyagraha$2,67396%9-26$297$735,5034UTV Motion Pictures
11Afternoon Delight$2,42953%12-27$202$173,4654The Film Arcade
12Jayne Mansfield's Car$90462%6-5$151$13,8792Anchor Bay Films
13Stories We Tell$711259%51$142$1,596,93520Roadside Attractions
14Passion$704-8%4-8$176$90,7804eOne Films US
15Savannah$42818%4-2$107$36,3425Ketchup Entertainment
16I Spit on Your Grave 2$92-55%1--$92$2961Anchor Bay Films