'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 Mon, Nov. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$10,417,194-52%3,841--$2,712$96,155,0351Disney
2Free Birds$2,586,609-27%3,7360$692$32,715,1232Relativity Media
3Ender's Game$1,575,917-46%3,4070$463$45,586,4052Lionsgate / Summit
4Last Vegas$1,549,660-49%3,08217$503$35,016,6662CBS Films
5Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,476,006-53%3,187-158$463$80,249,6093Paramount
6Gravity$1,229,206-48%2,720-304$452$232,479,0376Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$1,127,622-42%1,144734$986$18,548,9344Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$849,799-46%2,646-375$321$91,743,8435Sony / Columbia
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$804,640-11%1,836-594$438$110,757,7347Sony / Columbia
10About Time$629,885-51%1,2001025$525$6,905,6282Universal
11Carrie (2013)$157,892-53%1,512-740$104$34,208,6674Sony / Screen Gems
12The Counselor$127,237-47%1,022-2022$124$15,988,0313Fox
13Escape Plan$124,340-53%1,049-917$119$23,332,2044Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$168,682-47%399269$423$2,967,2374Roadside Attractions
2Despicable Me 2$97,650-31%3101$315$365,451,27019Universal
3Enough Said$78,349-52%429-233$183$15,917,7118Fox Searchlight
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$38,624-23%216-35$179$67,745,86614Fox
5We're the Millers$37,764-49%358-197$105$149,719,61014Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$24,379-39%214-98$114$115,324,53413Weinstein Company
7Prisoners$22,955-53%225-240$102$60,292,0438Warner Bros.
8Rush (2013)$19,715-43%164-139$120$26,771,0148Universal
9Insidious: Chapter 2$16,851-50%229-324$74$83,067,3819FilmDistrict
10Diana$13,915-53%10062$139$207,4472eOne Films US
11Baggage Claim$12,004-48%135-159$89$21,396,0777Fox Searchlight
12Machete Kills$11,045-73%212-51$52$7,960,1925Open Road
13Runner Runner$6,133-45%119-118$52$19,248,2176Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$88,086-54%3526$2,517$1,081,1742Focus
2Don Jon$16,457-48%92-89$179$24,094,4567Relativity Media
3The Book Thief$14,796-55%4--$3,699$119,8011Fox
4Turbo$12,545-28%62-7$202$82,884,44117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5I'm in Love with a Church Girl$10,067-38%74-169$136$2,175,8144High Top Releasing
6The Wolverine$8,134-41%77-42$106$132,433,15216Fox
7Pulling Strings$8,011-60%76-33$105$5,790,4066Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Instructions Not Included$5,908-58%52-84$114$44,200,87411Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Family (2013)$3,917-36%57-30$69$36,626,9619Relativity Media
10Grace Unplugged$2,788-46%37-44$75$2,483,7456Roadside Attractions
11Reaching for the Moon$2,308-38%2--$1,154$16,8811Wolfe Releasing
12Linsanity$1,548149%3-1$516$270,4896Ketchup Entertainment
13In a World...$1,414-64%18-4$79$2,928,75114Roadside Attractions
14Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,14850%32$383$23,7433Cinepix
15The World's End$1,045-21%9-7$116$25,983,59212Focus
16The Heat$1,034-60%28-14$37$159,533,33220Fox
17Big Sur$822-36%5-8$164$30,6802Ketchup Entertainment
18The Spectacular Now$733-52%12-6$61$6,847,07815A24
19Romeo and Juliet (2013)$481-46%21-1$23$1,125,2865Relativity Media
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$159-57%1-4$159$52,7047Rialto Pictures