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. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$2,004,268-27%3,8410$522$152,040,8292Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$1,659,680-26%2,024--$820$36,452,7901Universal
3Last Vegas$743,484-22%3,237155$230$48,903,4313CBS Films
4Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$496,652-20%3,1903$156$91,601,2194Paramount
5Gravity$462,317-16%2,560-160$181$241,819,2487Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$429,531-19%1,411267$304$26,226,0415Fox Searchlight
7Ender's Game$414,054-18%3,236-171$128$54,921,9853Lionsgate / Summit
8Captain Phillips$347,550-20%2,626-20$132$98,600,1576Sony / Columbia
9Free Birds$305,572-18%3,510-226$87$42,995,2873Relativity Media
10About Time$281,685-24%1,28080$220$12,361,7233Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$80,139-9%1,645-191$49$113,293,5558Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$174,343-4%184149$948$3,521,8883Focus
2All Is Lost$93,662-11%48384$194$4,501,0335Roadside Attractions
3Escape Plan$51,634-31%687-362$75$24,297,0705Lionsgate / Summit
4Carrie (2013)$42,672-18%933-579$46$35,170,3695Sony / Screen Gems
5Enough Said$41,615-8%393-36$106$16,706,2499Fox Searchlight
6The Counselor$37,503-23%481-541$78$16,707,7624Fox
7Prisoners$22,454-24%355130$63$60,656,8339Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me 2$21,350-12%305-5$70$366,012,13020Universal
9We're the Millers$17,511-9%303-55$58$150,077,76815Warner Bros. / New Line
10Rush (2013)$11,790-5%131-33$90$26,937,7699Universal
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$9,883-17%176-38$56$115,503,20314Weinstein Company
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$6,804-21%215-1$32$67,948,28715Fox
13Insidious: Chapter 2$5,663-12%167-62$34$83,203,29810FilmDistrict
14Baggage Claim$3,064-12%108-27$28$21,478,4908Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$35,106-10%2925$1,211$668,1312Fox
2Nebraska$12,354-4%4--$3,089$177,6561Paramount Vantage
3Don Jon$7,416-24%48-44$155$24,219,2878Relativity Media
4Diana$6,796-18%83-17$82$318,9013eOne Films US
5I'm in Love with a Church Girl$4,837-19%55-19$88$2,321,4225High Top Releasing
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,55062%298$122$1,148,9736Relativity Media
7Runner Runner$2,940-23%76-43$39$19,294,8537Fox
8The Wolverine$2,675-17%65-12$41$132,490,66917Fox
9Pulling Strings$2,663-14%760$35$5,840,4417Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,456--1--$2,456$32,30511Rialto Pictures
11The Family (2013)$1,977-10%30-27$66$36,654,34310Relativity Media
12Instructions Not Included$1,819-27%47-5$39$44,245,76412Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Turbo$1,565-20%53-9$30$82,935,43418Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Reaching for the Moon$1,5482%20$774$35,2842Wolfe Releasing
15In a World...$1,0496%9-9$117$2,947,38915Roadside Attractions
16Linsanity$880-62%1-2$880$283,3667Ketchup Entertainment
17The Heat$851-4%27-1$32$159,547,55021Fox
18The World's End$64632%8-1$81$25,991,16113Focus
19Grace Unplugged$562-39%29-8$19$2,500,3817Roadside Attractions
20The Spectacular Now$27477%8-4$34$6,850,72016A24
21Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$14948%1-2$149$28,9654Cinepix
22Big Sur$94-56%1-4$94$34,0123Ketchup Entertainment