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, Nov. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$10,750,3069%3,407--$3,155$20,575,7881Lionsgate / Summit
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$8,891,28046%3,3459$2,658$56,532,2572Paramount
3Free Birds$7,249,56484%3,736--$1,940$11,193,2101Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$7,066,06539%3,065--$2,305$12,155,8571CBS Films
5Gravity$6,122,95471%3,024-683$2,025$215,768,6485Warner Bros.
6Captain Phillips$3,936,42462%3,021-122$1,303$80,418,5304Sony / Columbia
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,028,896122%2,430-681$835$104,939,1486Sony / Columbia
8Carrie (2013)$1,506,29250%2,252-905$669$31,082,8683Sony / Screen Gems
9The Counselor$1,488,17643%3,0440$489$12,918,0552Fox
10Escape Plan$1,024,77168%1,966-917$521$20,953,2013Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$2,172,14671%410287$5,298$7,604,8863Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$523,39770%662-173$791$14,555,7667Fox Searchlight
3About Time$466,37546%175--$2,665$785,7501Universal
4All Is Lost$251,29052%13048$1,933$1,280,4363Roadside Attractions
5Insidious: Chapter 2$211,99978%553-676$383$82,743,5488FilmDistrict
6Despicable Me 2$208,585108%309-70$675$364,659,99518Universal
7Prisoners$191,34467%465-882$411$59,854,3057Warner Bros.
8We're the Millers$176,68744%555-231$318$149,107,24613Warner Bros. / New Line
9Rush (2013)$163,62080%303-374$540$26,405,5647Universal
10Baggage Claim$129,053108%294-300$439$21,174,8596Fox Searchlight
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$101,311100%251-52$404$67,432,79613Fox
12I'm in Love with a Church Girl$92,72788%243-215$382$2,009,1623High Top Releasing
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$92,08281%312-132$295$115,021,48412Weinstein Company
14Don Jon$76,10350%181-359$420$23,845,3256Relativity Media
15Machete Kills$68,53142%263-990$261$7,586,3744Open Road
16Grown Ups 2$56,357100%148-40$381$133,437,23617Sony / Columbia
17Instructions Not Included$49,248115%136-165$362$44,094,88910Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Runner Runner$46,18859%237-732$195$19,129,7685Fox
19The Smurfs 2$37,894148%135-70$281$70,852,64614Sony / Columbia
20The Wolverine$35,03576%119-45$294$132,338,55915Fox
21Pulling Strings$27,98397%109-206$257$5,686,4295Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$118,54372%9--$13,171$187,5311Focus
2Diana$29,43553%38--$775$48,6851eOne Films US
3Turbo$28,738139%69-39$416$82,787,60916Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Family (2013)$21,02249%87-131$242$36,566,6198Relativity Media
5Grace Unplugged$20,52960%81-127$253$2,439,8275Roadside Attractions
6The Heat$12,54834%42-38$299$159,504,76319Fox
7Elysium$11,37174%38-23$299$92,566,10213Sony / TriStar
8In a World...$8,68557%22-10$395$2,901,59113Roadside Attractions
9Big Sur$6,57839%13--$506$11,3121Ketchup Entertainment
10Spinning Plates$4,85376%63$809$35,2292The Film Arcade
11The World's End$3,92243%16-10$245$25,969,43911Focus
12Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$3,221660%10$3,221$16,2882Cinepix
13Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2,453-61%22-69$112$1,106,6024Relativity Media
14The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,9412%5-9$388$43,8756Rialto Pictures
15The Spectacular Now$97225%18-6$54$6,836,00714A24
16Linsanity$903202%4-4$226$259,3305Ketchup Entertainment
17Hotel Normandy$52178%1--$521$4,2926Rialto Premieres
18Torn$493180%2-3$247$17,2653The Film Collective