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 Sat, Oct. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$13,609,19351%3,820160$3,563$162,161,3963Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$7,378,39945%3,0200$2,443$48,491,5362Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$6,264,952-4%3,157--$1,984$12,780,4381Sony / Screen Gems
4Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$4,553,81479%3,602-272$1,264$90,131,5884Sony / Columbia
5Escape Plan$3,949,02516%2,883--$1,370$7,347,3551Lionsgate / Summit
6Prisoners$940,14151%2,160-695$435$56,757,2605Warner Bros.
7Insidious: Chapter 2$738,25259%1,665-491$443$80,593,8596FilmDistrict
8Runner Runner$726,64540%2,011-1015$361$17,157,8883Fox
9The Fifth Estate$685,04016%1,769--$387$1,274,3411Disney / DreamWorks
10Rush (2013)$567,99049%1,197-933$475$24,312,6445Universal
11Machete Kills$508,12345%2,5380$200$6,057,3732Open Road
12Don Jon$506,76732%1,114-882$455$22,189,2854Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$817,52860%757151$1,080$10,315,5355Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$551,20178%865-455$637$19,760,7784Fox Searchlight
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$397,01313%457--$869$746,8621High Top Releasing
4We're the Millers$363,90165%881-269$413$147,551,13811Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pulling Strings$236,46862%43810$540$4,938,4383Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Despicable Me 2$231,07583%395-39$585$363,612,70516Universal
7Instructions Not Included$219,60774%475-236$462$43,349,3578Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$178,34660%602-378$296$114,185,00310Weinstein Company
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$141,22269%350-54$403$66,846,91711Fox
10The Family (2013)$99,17055%483-567$205$36,243,1986Relativity Media
11Grown Ups 2$99,13069%223-38$445$133,072,69415Sony / Columbia
12Grace Unplugged$98,80229%313-189$316$2,118,5373Roadside Attractions
13Romeo and Juliet (2013)$98,54545%4610$214$883,6552Relativity Media
14The Smurfs 2$91,96774%242-26$380$70,576,13412Sony / Columbia
15The Wolverine$70,10559%207-20$339$132,040,29213Fox
16Turbo$54,37171%149-38$365$82,594,92214Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17Riddick$51,74551%253-177$205$41,854,1407Universal
182 Guns$40,56554%135-31$300$75,549,06012Universal
19The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$36,51055%1470$248$416,9262Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
20The Heat$35,74642%103-36$347$159,386,90217Fox
21The Conjuring$20,34557%113-32$180$137,334,69714Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$381,71239%19--$20,090$655,5941Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$40,22961%6--$6,705$65,1751Roadside Attractions
3Elysium$24,59643%93-47$264$92,454,23911Sony / TriStar
4Battle of the Year$20,80494%86-124$242$8,876,4755Sony / Screen Gems
5A.C.O.D.$20,25145%4224$482$109,5963The Film Arcade
6In a World...$15,83644%47-7$337$2,827,71311Roadside Attractions
7The Spectacular Now$9,29031%5421$172$6,805,39812A24
8Haute Cuisine$9,09673%21-9$433$184,9455Weinstein Company
9Linsanity$7,601105%9-7$845$222,5173Ketchup Entertainment
10The World's End$6,40233%40-33$160$25,931,3229Focus
11Shahid$4,95230%16--$310$8,7691UTV Motion Pictures
12Fruitvale Station$4,799238%20-21$240$16,085,27315Weinstein Company
13Thanks for Sharing$3,92265%14-2$280$1,041,9685Roadside Attractions
14We Are What We Are (2013)$3,76892%12-1$314$61,8624eOne Films US
15Populaire$1,77332%14-7$127$174,0237Weinstein Company
16The Grandmaster$1,605104%9-7$178$6,592,9449Weinstein Company
17Torn$1,563-31%1--$1,563$3,8151The Film Collective
18The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,087-15%31$362$22,1834Rialto Pictures
19Cassadaga$16632%30$55$2,1362Archstone Distribution