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 Mon, Oct. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$6,027,128-61%3,575--$1,686$61,812,2401Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$980,996-84%4,0010$245$60,987,9142Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$680,153-64%3,026--$225$8,386,8651Fox
4Prisoners$488,419-67%3,236-54$151$48,416,8513Warner Bros.
5Don Jon$411,766-60%2,4220$170$16,484,3442Relativity Media
6Rush (2013)$380,820-66%2,30811$165$18,544,6643Universal
7Baggage Claim$278,963-69%2,0303$137$15,414,0552Fox Searchlight
8Insidious: Chapter 2$264,117-69%2,607-513$101$75,037,2704FilmDistrict
9The Family (2013)$141,178-65%2,023-871$70$34,778,9064Relativity Media
10We're the Millers$132,288-64%1,606-799$82$145,027,7769Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$122,685-62%1,563-499$78$112,527,8208Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$182,249-69%437210$417$5,611,4873Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$137,949-83%387--$356$2,605,1171Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$112,963-83%858-90$132$41,371,3566Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$57,980-79%511--$113$1,056,1251Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$56,170-64%589284$95$2,795,1482Picturehouse
6Riddick$51,675-65%795-1031$65$41,251,2455Universal
7Battle of the Year$37,727-74%907-1101$42$8,524,6203Sony / Screen Gems
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$30,939-74%513-494$60$66,016,4109Fox
9Despicable Me 2$29,100-79%485-263$60$362,464,71014Universal
10The Wolverine$18,834-60%241-88$78$131,608,85111Fox
11Planes$18,525-75%376-1050$49$88,153,9959Disney
12Besharam$17,124-82%217--$79$499,3061Reliance Entertainment
13Red 2$16,157-58%20393$80$53,059,56112Lionsgate / Summit
14The Wizard of Oz 3D$15,822-75%246-59$64$5,420,0343Warner Bros.
15Turbo$15,619-76%222-60$70$82,235,81912Fox / DreamWorks Animation
162 Guns$11,985-60%200-203$60$75,259,55010Universal
17The Conjuring$10,645-62%202-136$53$137,173,69612Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Heat$10,014-65%182-69$55$159,147,90815Fox
19The World's End$7,402-56%131-150$57$25,845,9807Focus
20The Way, Way Back$6,769-14%131-27$52$21,394,03914Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$8,928-42%78-43$114$2,714,0239Roadside Attractions
2Linsanity$5,779-73%9--$642$105,2411Ketchup Entertainment
3Pacific Rim$5,690-68%92-48$62$101,734,22513Warner Bros.
4Haute Cuisine$3,830-62%6046$64$111,2173Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$3,581-64%58-84$62$6,744,89310A24
6Thanks for Sharing$3,138-67%65-186$48$1,013,9473Roadside Attractions
7The Grandmaster$2,881-66%35-108$82$6,569,7217Weinstein Company
8Fruitvale Station$2,780-58%7634$37$16,052,15713Weinstein Company
9World War Z$2,401-79%75-85$32$202,351,90516Paramount
10Populaire$1,764-63%5834$30$154,1095Weinstein Company
11Salinger$1,701-65%21-113$81$558,8755Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,402-51%86$175$27,0692eOne Films US
13You're Next$434-76%45-67$10$18,427,3717Lionsgate
14C.O.G.$400-28%4-5$100$53,8753Screen Media / Focus World
15The Ultimate Life$367-38%9-38$41$1,326,4265High Top Releasing
16Stories We Tell$30651%2-2$153$1,599,34422Roadside Attractions
17The Last Day of August$24766%1--$247$1,9401Striped Entertainment
18The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$63-73%10$63$16,3792Rialto Pictures
19Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$52-97%6-2$9$4,327,81618Roadside Attractions