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 Sun, Oct. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$7,980,462-31%3,336--$2,392$32,055,1771Paramount
2Gravity$5,035,958-44%3,707-113$1,358$199,649,7484Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$2,839,171-45%3,143123$903$69,916,0833Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$1,772,755-40%3,044--$582$7,842,9301Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,764,020-39%3,111-491$567$100,786,5795Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$1,479,515-42%3,1570$469$26,110,0682Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$1,306,143-33%2,8830$453$17,641,8212Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$259,962-47%1,347-813$193$59,127,4016Warner Bros.
9Insidious: Chapter 2$180,129-57%1,229-436$147$82,133,6787FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$157,772-34%1,7690$89$2,848,3562Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$91,119-23%1,253-1285$73$7,268,6593Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$585,887-37%123104$4,763$3,394,2682Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$389,979-47%83578$467$13,054,0966Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$182,790-41%677-520$270$25,856,5346Universal
4Runner Runner$147,430-38%969-1042$152$18,819,5384Fox
5We're the Millers$138,264-47%786-95$176$148,561,67812Warner Bros. / New Line
6Don Jon$130,475-37%540-574$242$23,501,6225Relativity Media
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$129,225-43%4581$282$1,716,4872High Top Releasing
8Baggage Claim$125,080-55%594-271$211$20,837,8145Fox Searchlight
9Despicable Me 2$111,805-37%379-16$295$364,248,63017Universal
10Pulling Strings$102,074-1%315-123$324$5,574,5854Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Instructions Not Included$101,578-13%301-174$337$43,956,2679Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$68,884-44%444-158$155$114,742,82011Weinstein Company
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$62,049-41%303-47$205$67,221,11412Fox
14Grown Ups 2$37,800-40%188-35$201$133,318,54816Sony / Columbia
15The Smurfs 2$32,538-29%205-37$159$70,777,76313Sony / Columbia
16Grace Unplugged$31,693-37%208-105$152$2,367,0914Roadside Attractions
17The Wolverine$27,520-41%164-43$168$132,244,11914Fox
18Turbo$24,739-24%108-41$229$82,729,69915Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Family (2013)$23,414-40%218-265$107$36,485,5407Relativity Media
20Riddick$16,380-36%156-97$105$41,997,7908Universal
21The Conjuring$6,174-53%100-13$62$137,387,27215Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$146,138-31%8276$1,782$650,7872Roadside Attractions
2Elysium$9,193-43%61-32$151$92,531,47212Sony / TriStar
3Romeo and Juliet (2013)$7,758-46%91-370$85$1,070,7083Relativity Media
4The Heat$7,711-57%80-23$96$159,469,28818Fox
5Spinning Plates$6,9901%0----$20,7181The Film Arcade
6In a World...$6,320-37%32-15$198$2,879,10112Roadside Attractions
7A.C.O.D.$4,736-32%19-23$249$157,1214The Film Arcade
8The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$4,429-30%49-98$90$487,3483Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Linsanity$3,626-11%8-1$453$252,7924Ketchup Entertainment
10The World's End$2,743-49%26-14$106$25,955,72910Focus
11The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,736-19%1411$195$31,7575Rialto Pictures
12Haute Cuisine$2,625-32%14-7$188$212,0726Weinstein Company
13We Are What We Are (2013)$2,480-23%175$146$76,6335eOne Films US
14The Spectacular Now$2,365-17%24-30$99$6,830,53113A24
15Thanks for Sharing$2,325-45%11-3$211$1,059,2396Roadside Attractions
16Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,582-42%1--$1,582$7,0061Cinepix
17Fruitvale Station$1,324-36%16-4$83$16,095,50116Weinstein Company
18Torn$1,226-59%54$245$16,5962The Film Collective