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, Nov. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$1,503,661-29%3,407--$441$32,501,6121Lionsgate / Summit
2Last Vegas$1,415,350-26%3,065--$462$21,033,9431CBS Films
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,317,244-25%3,3459$394$66,180,0192Paramount
4Gravity$894,262-23%3,024-683$296$221,833,6955Warner Bros.
5Captain Phillips$646,378-21%3,021-122$214$84,545,5794Sony / Columbia
6Free Birds$560,112-54%3,736--$150$18,295,3711Relativity Media
7The Counselor$311,549-24%3,0440$102$14,798,5202Fox
8Carrie (2013)$209,798-29%2,252-905$93$32,581,6273Sony / Screen Gems
9Escape Plan$183,685-29%1,966-917$93$22,220,0503Lionsgate / Summit
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$165,839-60%2,430-681$68$106,934,1936Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$425,757-18%410287$1,038$10,349,2343Fox Searchlight
2About Time$110,250-10%175--$630$1,402,1181Universal
3Enough Said$100,344-9%662-173$152$15,105,3377Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$59,224-2%13048$456$1,606,8453Roadside Attractions
5We're the Millers$42,577-20%555-231$77$149,365,15013Warner Bros. / New Line
6Machete Kills$40,890-5%263-990$155$7,748,1694Open Road
7Rush (2013)$34,845-15%303-374$115$26,596,4547Universal
8Prisoners$31,733-33%465-882$68$60,060,7177Warner Bros.
9Despicable Me 2$23,175-29%309-70$75$364,856,21018Universal
10Don Jon$22,169-6%181-359$122$23,954,1066Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$21,965-17%312-132$70$115,137,66612Weinstein Company
12Insidious: Chapter 2$20,234-22%553-676$37$82,891,9278FilmDistrict
13Baggage Claim$14,260-26%294-300$49$21,272,9496Fox Searchlight
14I'm in Love with a Church Girl$11,048-36%243-215$45$2,098,5653High Top Releasing
15Runner Runner$10,970-21%237-732$46$19,192,0385Fox
16Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$9,989-32%251-52$40$67,527,97013Fox
17Instructions Not Included$6,612-10%136-165$49$44,152,94510Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Wolverine$5,348-16%119-45$45$132,374,21715Fox
19Pulling Strings$4,761-19%109-206$44$5,728,4325Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$22,498-18%9--$2,500$332,6231Focus
2Diana$8,946-10%38--$235$95,0201eOne Films US
3The Family (2013)$5,262-23%87-131$60$36,595,4068Relativity Media
4Turbo$2,784-18%69-39$40$82,815,89816Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Heat$2,586-10%42-38$62$159,519,23519Fox
6In a World...$2,58037%22-10$117$2,912,77213Roadside Attractions
7Grace Unplugged$2,215-28%81-127$27$2,459,1475Roadside Attractions
8Big Sur$2,21210%13--$170$23,4991Ketchup Entertainment
9Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2,078-44%22-69$94$1,115,0504Relativity Media
10The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,607149%5-9$321$48,8446Rialto Pictures
11Linsanity$1,4371023%4-4$359$261,5135Ketchup Entertainment
12The World's End$1,28315%16-10$80$25,974,92411Focus
13The Spectacular Now$849106%18-6$47$6,838,46914A24
14Torn$273190%2--$137$17,9843The Film Collective
15Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$28-96%10$28$18,7702Cinepix