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. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$3,488,266-13%3,66085$953$136,013,6432Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$2,088,516-21%3,020--$692$34,018,0291Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$665,076-23%3,874-127$172$82,200,0103Sony / Columbia
4Runner Runner$386,476-15%3,0260$128$15,571,9212Fox
5Prisoners$329,134-16%2,855-381$115$54,877,9334Warner Bros.
6Machete Kills$290,032-21%2,538--$114$4,943,2271Open Road
7Rush (2013)$244,950-11%2,130-178$115$23,117,3444Universal
8Don Jon$239,096-17%1,996-426$120$21,069,5133Relativity Media
9Insidious: Chapter 2$175,123-14%2,156-451$81$79,216,0575FilmDistrict
10Baggage Claim$124,006-20%1,320-710$94$18,780,2373Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$96,147-7%1,150-456$84$146,868,86610Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$59,833-12%1,050-973$57$36,023,2715Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$190,780-2%606169$315$8,801,0264Fox Searchlight
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$75,980-5%980-583$78$113,818,3869Weinstein Company
3Pulling Strings$67,479-6%42841$158$4,496,3282Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Instructions Not Included$57,860-10%711-147$81$42,949,7897Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Romeo and Juliet (2013)$41,095-11%461--$89$674,5951Relativity Media
6Grace Unplugged$37,469-9%502-9$75$1,897,2112Roadside Attractions
7Despicable Me 2$28,010-24%434-51$65$363,216,17015Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$22,722-17%404-109$56$66,592,16010Fox
9Riddick$21,555-17%430-365$50$41,744,4956Universal
10The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$20,489-20%147--$139$339,7131Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
11The Wolverine$17,373-12%227-14$77$131,907,69612Fox
122 Guns$12,450-17%166-34$75$75,469,16511Universal
13The Heat$11,547-7%139-43$83$159,314,19916Fox
14Turbo$10,759-8%187-35$58$82,493,00913Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Red 2$10,344-10%168-35$62$53,251,08013Lionsgate / Summit
16The Conjuring$5,835-9%145-57$40$137,294,46613Warner Bros. / New Line
17Besharam$5,614-56%126-91$45$676,1832Reliance Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$5,37977%167$336$202,7692Ketchup Entertainment
2You're Next$4,80714%8742$55$18,489,4368Lionsgate
3In a World...$4,761-8%54-24$88$2,795,66210Roadside Attractions
4Haute Cuisine$4,0751%30-30$136$166,6984Weinstein Company
5The World's End$4,0001%73-58$55$25,916,3418Focus
6Pacific Rim$3,89416%52-40$75$101,798,62314Warner Bros.
7The Wizard of Oz 3D$3,37911%50-196$68$5,505,0014Warner Bros.
8The Way, Way Back$3,3697%63-68$53$21,434,97615Fox Searchlight
9The Spectacular Now$2,107-14%33-25$64$6,785,56811A24
10We Are What We Are (2013)$2,030-5%135$156$54,3153eOne Films US
11Salinger$1,608-24%16-5$101$581,7436Weinstein Company
12Fruitvale Station$1,60019%41-35$39$16,07714Weinstein Company
13The Grandmaster$1,11918%16-19$70$6,589,4278Weinstein Company
14Populaire$1,05611%21-37$50$169,9436Weinstein Company
15Thanks for Sharing$73750%16-49$46$1,034,9274Roadside Attractions
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$205-35%21$103$19,4883Rialto Pictures
17Cassadaga$11620%3--$39$1,9301Archstone Distribution