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, Oct. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,078,722-30%4,001--$270$37,975,5351Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$862,457-23%3,29030$262$41,385,7942Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$826,420-21%2,2972292$360$12,951,3342Universal
4Don Jon$770,119-21%2,422--$318$11,206,2511Relativity Media
5Baggage Claim$464,070-25%2,027--$229$10,657,1591Fox Searchlight
6Insidious: Chapter 2$355,133-20%3,120-35$114$70,516,3223FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$334,044-19%2,894-197$115$32,800,8623Relativity Media
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$228,726-13%2,062-869$111$110,965,2337Weinstein Company
9We're the Millers$226,397-13%2,405-598$94$143,066,7308Warner Bros. / New Line
10Riddick$145,775-16%1,826-1196$80$40,522,0354Universal
11Battle of the Year$102,295-31%2,0080$51$7,851,8952Sony / Screen Gems
12Planes$46,191-3%1,426-1020$32$87,827,2048Disney
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$38,043-26%1,007-466$38$65,514,4958Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$203,211-1%227223$895$3,045,1172Fox Searchlight
2Instructions Not Included$173,805-25%948-30$183$39,259,2745Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Metallica Through The Never$121,4865%305--$398$1,921,5641Picturehouse
4Besharam$71,661--217--$330$71,6610Reliance Entertainment
5Elysium$45,860-21%562-830$82$92,001,6668Sony / TriStar
6Despicable Me 2$41,350-15%748-256$55$361,909,56513Universal
7The Wizard of Oz 3D$40,7657%305-13$134$5,199,7072Warner Bros.
82 Guns$28,405-21%403-349$70$75,093,3359Universal
9The Wolverine$25,402-12%329-133$77$131,383,23510Fox
10Thanks for Sharing$22,22513%251-18$89$957,6272Roadside Attractions
11The World's End$19,030-18%281-552$68$25,756,1136Focus
12The Conjuring$18,618-1%338-223$55$137,026,51411Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Heat$16,176-15%251-59$64$158,998,02614Fox
14In a World...$12,431-9%121-23$103$2,633,8138Roadside Attractions
15Turbo$12,146-7%282-51$43$82,001,16911Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Salinger$10,84523%134-4$81$533,2624Weinstein Company
17The Spectacular Now$10,267-6%142-429$72$6,687,2579A24
18Pacific Rim$9,991-12%140-62$71$101,654,80512Warner Bros.
19World War Z$7,054-10%160-43$44$202,300,18815Paramount
20The Way, Way Back$6,843-3%158-166$43$21,345,27513Fox Searchlight
21The Grandmaster$6,816-20%143-330$48$6,528,7406Weinstein Company
22Red 2$6,052-19%110-68$55$52,887,83611Lionsgate / Summit
23You're Next$1,984-26%112-420$18$18,416,9346Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Haute Cuisine$5,34115%1411$382$68,5462Weinstein Company
2Fruitvale Station$4,2155%42-61$100$16,023,00812Weinstein Company
3Jobs$3,8582%84-68$46$16,128,0157Open Road
4Paranoia$3,247-4%66-22$49$7,385,0157Relativity Media
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,647141%8-10$331$4,323,59817Roadside Attractions
6Populaire$2,11231%244$88$135,3984Weinstein Company
7The Ultimate Life$1,806-61%47-137$38$1,319,4944High Top Releasing
8Unfinished Song$1,45216%19-4$76$1,701,65815Weinstein Company
9Getaway$1,409-29%74-441$19$10,499,9805Warner Bros.
10The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,1988%1--$1,198$8,4901Rialto Pictures
11We Are What We Are (2013)$1,03427%2--$517$16,5701eOne Films US
12Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$9339%21$467$7,9171Rialto Pictures
13C.O.G.$51724%9-11$57$50,9642Screen Media / Focus World
14Morning$229-36%4--$57$3,6341Anchor Bay Films
15Hotel Normandy$218-24%1--$218$3,2931Rialto Premieres
16Chennai Express$158-74%9-11$18$5,307,7438UTV Motion Pictures
17Stories We Tell$33--4-1$8$1,598,18221Roadside Attractions