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. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$5,346,1800%3,575--$1,495$79,134,9191Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$981,95321%4,0010$245$63,836,6772Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$550,536-12%3,026--$182$10,388,9581Fox
4Prisoners$457,474-2%3,236-54$141$49,954,8793Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$392,360-3%2,30811$170$19,837,2693Universal
6Don Jon$383,837-8%2,4220$158$17,801,1502Relativity Media
7Insidious: Chapter 2$248,2626%2,607-513$95$75,797,0174FilmDistrict
8Baggage Claim$229,492-6%2,0303$113$16,197,4782Fox Searchlight
9The Family (2013)$125,278-11%2,023-871$62$35,224,3494Relativity Media
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$123,7570%1,563-499$79$112,920,7718Weinstein Company
11We're the Millers$122,367-2%1,606-799$76$145,423,8879Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$202,137-6%437210$463$6,251,5993Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$107,374-2%387--$277$2,974,4681Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$88,703-6%858-90$103$41,674,4886Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Metallica Through The Never$57,0521%589284$97$2,963,6392Picturehouse
5Grace Unplugged$55,3253%511--$108$1,224,1081Roadside Attractions
6Riddick$47,8250%795-1031$60$41,402,5555Universal
7Battle of the Year$39,71320%907-1101$44$8,650,4833Sony / Screen Gems
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$38,19028%513-494$74$66,121,0539Fox
9Despicable Me 2$31,60518%485-263$65$362,554,51514Universal
10Planes$22,62641%376-1050$60$88,210,3819Disney
11The Wolverine$19,0049%241-88$79$131,665,97511Fox
12Turbo$18,85736%222-60$85$82,285,29412Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Red 2$17,26211%20393$85$53,110,30912Lionsgate / Summit
14The Wizard of Oz 3D$15,1047%246-59$61$5,462,9563Warner Bros.
152 Guns$13,955-7%200-203$70$75,306,50010Universal
16The Conjuring$11,64015%202-136$58$137,206,46112Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Heat$11,0751%182-69$61$159,183,17415Fox
18Besharam$10,656-33%2170$49$562,5411Reliance Entertainment
19The World's End$8,09511%131-150$62$25,870,7787Focus
20The Way, Way Back$2,75619%131-27$21$21,402,13814Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$16,221180%9--$1,802$132,9441Ketchup Entertainment
2In a World...$7,91416%78-43$101$2,735,7169Roadside Attractions
3Pacific Rim$6,97538%92-48$76$101,752,07913Warner Bros.
4Haute Cuisine$6,91729%6046$115$128,4613Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$4,57525%58-84$79$6,758,56610A24
6Thanks for Sharing$3,7133%65-186$57$1,025,3023Roadside Attractions
7Fruitvale Station$2,911-5%7634$38$16,061,58113Weinstein Company
8World War Z$2,88820%75-85$39$202,359,71116Paramount
9The Grandmaster$2,79036%35-108$80$6,577,6437Weinstein Company
10Populaire$2,6925%5834$46$161,5515Weinstein Company
11Salinger$2,5010%21-113$119$566,2655Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,339-13%86$167$31,2382eOne Films US
13The Ultimate Life$69299%9-38$77$1,327,8415High Top Releasing
14You're Next$576-6%45-67$13$18,429,4997Lionsgate
15C.O.G.$365-13%4-5$91$55,0593Screen Media / Focus World
16Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$323-11%6-2$54$4,328,85018Roadside Attractions
17The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$287-40%10$287$17,1472Rialto Pictures
18Stories We Tell$232-37%2-2$116$1,600,14522Roadside Attractions
19The Last Day of August$156-29%1--$156$2,4921Striped Entertainment