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 Thu, Oct. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,081,1910%4,001--$270$39,056,7261Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$794,174-8%3,29030$241$42,179,9682Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$734,985-11%2,2972292$320$13,686,3192Universal
4Don Jon$711,066-8%2,422--$294$11,917,3171Relativity Media
5Baggage Claim$402,922-13%2,027--$199$11,060,0811Fox Searchlight
6Insidious: Chapter 2$357,2651%3,120-35$115$70,873,5873FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$305,041-9%2,894-197$105$33,105,9033Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$223,283-1%2,405-598$93$143,290,0138Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$212,507-7%2,062-869$103$111,177,7407Weinstein Company
10Riddick$136,885-6%1,826-1196$75$40,658,9204Universal
11Battle of the Year$94,601-8%2,0080$47$7,946,4962Sony / Screen Gems
12Planes$50,1118%1,426-1020$35$87,877,3158Disney
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$40,8957%1,007-466$41$65,555,3908Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable: A Live Event with Kirk Cameron$1,200,000--670--$1,791$3,200,0001NCM Fathom Events
2Enough Said$191,479-6%227223$844$3,236,5962Fox Searchlight
3Instructions Not Included$156,822-10%948-30$165$39,416,0965Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Metallica Through The Never$119,651-2%305--$392$2,041,2151Picturehouse
5Besharam$45,559-36%217--$210$117,2200Reliance Entertainment
6The Wizard of Oz 3D$45,25911%305-13$148$5,244,9662Warner Bros.
7Elysium$41,968-8%562-830$75$92,043,6348Sony / TriStar
8Despicable Me 2$41,035-1%748-256$55$361,950,60013Universal
9The Wolverine$25,223-1%329-133$77$131,408,45810Fox
102 Guns$24,180-15%403-349$60$75,117,5159Universal
11Thanks for Sharing$21,415-4%251-18$85$979,0422Roadside Attractions
12The World's End$19,2681%281-552$69$25,775,3816Focus
13The Heat$18,05012%251-59$72$159,016,07614Fox
14The Conjuring$17,652-5%338-223$52$137,044,16611Warner Bros. / New Line
15Turbo$13,79814%282-51$49$82,014,96711Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16In a World...$13,61910%121-23$113$2,647,4328Roadside Attractions
17The Spectacular Now$10,6304%142-429$75$6,697,8879A24
18Pacific Rim$10,2903%140-62$74$101,665,09512Warner Bros.
19Salinger$9,822-9%134-4$73$543,0844Weinstein Company
20The Way, Way Back$8,45524%158-166$54$21,353,73013Fox Searchlight
21World War Z$8,15216%160-43$51$202,308,34015Paramount
22The Grandmaster$7,76614%143-330$54$6,536,5066Weinstein Company
23Red 2$6,64610%110-68$60$52,894,48211Lionsgate / Summit
24You're Next$1,614-19%112-420$14$18,418,5486Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Haute Cuisine$5,3230%1411$380$73,8692Weinstein Company
2Paranoia$3,63912%66-22$55$7,388,6547Relativity Media
3The Ultimate Life$3,46892%47-137$74$1,322,9624High Top Releasing
4Jobs$3,395-12%84-68$40$16,131,4107Open Road
5Fruitvale Station$2,903-31%42-61$69$16,025,91112Weinstein Company
6Populaire$1,958-7%244$82$137,3564Weinstein Company
7Getaway$1,95839%74-441$26$10,501,9385Warner Bros.
8Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$1,34044%21$670$9,2571Rialto Pictures
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,258-52%8-10$157$4,324,85617Roadside Attractions
10The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,117-7%1--$1,117$9,6071Rialto Pictures
11Unfinished Song$1,010-30%19-4$53$1,702,66815Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$819-21%2--$410$17,3891eOne Films US
13C.O.G.$412-20%9-11$46$51,3762Screen Media / Focus World
14Morning$39572%4--$99$4,0291Anchor Bay Films
15Chennai Express$21737%9-11$24$5,307,9608UTV Motion Pictures
16Hotel Normandy$186-15%1--$186$3,4791Rialto Premieres
17Stories We Tell$4536%4-1$11$1,598,22721Roadside Attractions