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 Sun, Oct. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$15,298,941-33%3,575--$4,279$55,785,1121Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,290,693-37%4,0010$1,572$60,006,9182Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$1,872,053-39%3,026--$619$7,706,7121Fox
4Prisoners$1,462,993-43%3,236-54$452$47,928,4323Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$1,119,260-43%2,30811$485$18,163,8443Universal
6Don Jon$1,019,771-41%2,4220$421$16,072,5782Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$895,633-54%2,0303$441$15,135,0922Fox Searchlight
8Insidious: Chapter 2$854,550-54%2,607-513$328$74,773,1534FilmDistrict
9The Family (2013)$400,727-42%2,023-871$198$34,637,7284Relativity Media
10We're the Millers$365,840-52%1,606-799$228$144,895,4889Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$322,716-42%1,563-499$206$112,405,1358Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pulling Strings$832,356-5%387--$2,151$2,467,1681Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Instructions Not Included$678,217-9%858-90$790$41,258,3936Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Enough Said$578,596-43%437210$1,324$5,429,2383Fox Searchlight
4Grace Unplugged$275,014-27%511--$538$998,1451Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$155,668-47%589284$264$2,738,9782Picturehouse
6Riddick$147,125-40%795-1031$185$41,199,5705Universal
7Battle of the Year$144,373-43%907-1101$159$8,486,8933Sony / Screen Gems
8Despicable Me 2$138,225-40%485-263$285$362,435,61014Universal
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$121,263-40%513-494$236$65,985,4719Fox
10Besharam$93,885-37%217--$433$482,1821Reliance Entertainment
11Grown Ups 2$89,849-52%335-55$268$132,454,09213Sony / Columbia
12Planes$72,796-42%376-1050$194$88,135,4709Disney
13Turbo$66,071-31%222-60$298$82,220,20012Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Wizard of Oz 3D$63,291-10%246-59$257$5,404,2123Warner Bros.
15The Wolverine$47,307-42%241-88$196$131,590,01711Fox
16Elysium$41,614-46%222-340$187$92,212,2979Sony / TriStar
17Red 2$38,514-39%20393$190$53,043,40412Lionsgate / Summit
182 Guns$29,985-51%200-203$150$75,247,56510Universal
19The Heat$28,553-50%182-69$157$159,137,89415Fox
20The Conjuring$28,015-51%202-136$139$137,163,05112Warner Bros. / New Line
21The Smurfs 2$24,845-53%156-197$159$70,061,06310Sony / Columbia
22The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$17,088-44%146-183$117$31,165,4217Sony / Screen Gems
23The World's End$16,683-39%131-150$127$25,838,5787Focus
24The Way, Way Back$7,873-48%131-27$60$21,387,27014Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$21,692-36%9--$2,410$99,4621Ketchup Entertainment
2Pacific Rim$17,849-35%92-48$194$101,728,53513Warner Bros.
3In a World...$15,487-39%78-43$199$2,705,0959Roadside Attractions
4This Is The End$12,530-38%97-108$129$101,470,20217Sony / Columbia
5World War Z$11,563-41%75-85$154$202,351,61116Paramount
6One Direction: This Is Us$10,684-26%60-168$178$28,873,3746Sony / TriStar
7The Spectacular Now$10,049-47%58-84$173$6,741,31210A24
8Haute Cuisine$10,024-32%6046$167$107,3873Weinstein Company
9Thanks for Sharing$9,510-29%65-186$146$1,010,8093Roadside Attractions
10The Grandmaster$8,410-35%35-108$240$6,566,8407Weinstein Company
11Fruitvale Station$6,598-37%7634$87$16,049,37713Weinstein Company
12A.C.O.D.$6,0564%3--$2,019$19,0011The Film Arcade
13Salinger$4,817-13%21-113$229$557,1745Weinstein Company
14Populaire$4,719-26%5834$81$152,3455Weinstein Company
15We Are What We Are (2013)$2,833-15%86$354$25,6672eOne Films US
16Nothing Left to Fear$1,976-8%5--$395$7,8861Anchor Bay Films
17You're Next$1,838-54%45-67$41$18,426,9377Lionsgate
18Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,821336%6-2$304$4,327,76418Roadside Attractions
19All Is Bright$1,541-7%10--$154$4,5561Anchor Bay Films
20The Ultimate Life$590-50%9-38$66$1,326,0595High Top Releasing
21C.O.G.$554-37%4-5$139$53,4753Screen Media / Focus World
22The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$230-93%21$115$16,3162Rialto Pictures
23Stories We Tell$202-36%2-2$101$1,599,03822Roadside Attractions
24The Last Day of August$149-82%1--$149$1,6931Striped Entertainment