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 Fri, Oct. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$9,016,073156%3,820160$2,360$148,552,2033Warner Bros.
2Carrie (2013)$6,515,486--3,157--$2,064$6,515,4861Sony / Screen Gems
3Captain Phillips$5,082,902153%3,0200$1,683$41,113,1372Sony / Columbia
4Escape Plan$3,398,330--2,883--$1,179$3,398,3301Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,541,006204%3,602-272$705$85,577,7744Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$622,96197%2,160-695$288$55,817,1195Warner Bros.
7The Fifth Estate$589,301--1,769--$333$589,3011Disney / DreamWorks
8Runner Runner$519,92553%2,011-1015$259$16,431,2433Fox
9Insidious: Chapter 2$465,366167%1,665-491$279$79,855,6076FilmDistrict
10Don Jon$385,35169%1,114-882$346$21,682,5184Relativity Media
11Rush (2013)$382,47556%1,197-933$320$23,744,6545Universal
12Machete Kills$350,01137%2,5380$138$5,549,2502Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$510,560174%757151$674$9,498,0075Fox Searchlight
2I'm in Love with a Church Girl$349,849--457--$766$349,8491High Top Releasing
3Baggage Claim$308,922157%865-455$357$19,209,5774Fox Searchlight
4We're the Millers$221,076127%881-269$251$147,187,23711Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pulling Strings$146,184146%43810$334$4,701,9703Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Despicable Me 2$126,400224%395-39$320$363,381,63016Universal
7Instructions Not Included$126,200135%475-236$266$43,129,7508Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$111,43045%602-378$185$114,006,65710Weinstein Company
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$83,789182%350-54$239$66,705,69511Fox
10Grace Unplugged$76,39766%313-189$244$2,019,7353Roadside Attractions
11Romeo and Juliet (2013)$68,03760%4610$148$785,1102Relativity Media
12The Family (2013)$63,99313%483-567$132$36,144,0286Relativity Media
13Grown Ups 2$58,541--223-38$263$132,973,56415Sony / Columbia
14The Smurfs 2$52,712--242-26$218$70,484,16712Sony / Columbia
15The Wolverine$44,100140%207-20$213$131,970,18713Fox
16Riddick$34,25045%253-177$135$41,802,3957Universal
17Turbo$31,845103%149-38$214$82,540,55114Fox / DreamWorks Animation
182 Guns$26,395113%135-31$196$75,508,49512Universal
19The Heat$25,158113%103-36$244$159,351,15617Fox
20The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$23,61138%1470$161$380,4162Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
21The Conjuring$12,94386%113-32$115$137,314,35214Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$273,882--19--$14,415$273,8821Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$24,946--6--$4,158$24,9461Roadside Attractions
3Elysium$17,198--93-47$185$92,429,64311Sony / TriStar
4A.C.O.D.$13,997--4224$333$89,3453The Film Arcade
5In a World...$10,985110%47-7$234$2,811,87711Roadside Attractions
6Battle of the Year$10,708--86-124$125$8,855,6715Sony / Screen Gems
7The Spectacular Now$7,105107%5421$132$6,796,10812A24
8Haute Cuisine$5,26936%21-9$251$175,8495Weinstein Company
9The World's End$4,81028%40-33$120$25,924,9209Focus
10Shahid$3,817--16--$239$3,8171UTV Motion Pictures
11Linsanity$3,705-55%9-7$412$214,9163Ketchup Entertainment
12Thanks for Sharing$2,383224%14-2$170$1,038,0465Roadside Attractions
13Torn$2,252--1--$2,252$2,2521The Film Collective
14We Are What We Are (2013)$1,9588%12-1$163$58,0944eOne Films US
15Fruitvale Station$1,421-16%20-21$71$16,080,47415Weinstein Company
16Populaire$1,34339%14-7$96$172,2507Weinstein Company
17The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,284296%31$428$21,0964Rialto Pictures
18The Grandmaster$786-30%9-7$87$6,591,3399Weinstein Company
19Cassadaga$126-42%30$42$1,9702Archstone Distribution