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 Mon, Nov. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$12,321,722-64%4,163--$2,960$170,396,0081Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$1,360,662-64%3,713-128$366$169,277,7853Disney
3The Best Man Holiday$938,650-69%2,04117$460$51,299,1602Universal
4Delivery Man$735,482-60%3,036--$242$8,680,4591Disney / DreamWorks
5Free Birds$695,896-59%3,071-439$227$49,352,9694Relativity Media
6Last Vegas$432,469-60%2,926-311$148$54,317,2934CBS Films
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$368,927-56%2,625-565$141$95,803,5565Paramount
8Gravity$336,165-59%1,845-715$182$245,743,9248Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$301,896-60%1,47463$205$29,278,8436Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$235,822-56%2,035-1201$116$57,431,4014Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$182,653-59%1,656-970$110$100,888,4877Sony / Columbia
12Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$132,814-55%1,121-524$118$114,361,1329Sony / Columbia
13About Time$131,055-59%1,050-230$125$13,953,6134Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$256,955-63%666482$386$6,631,0134Focus
2Despicable Me 2$42,775-55%295-10$145$366,418,42521Universal
3All Is Lost$38,399-62%347-136$111$4,983,1016Roadside Attractions
4Enough Said$21,755-62%233-160$93$17,011,66210Fox Searchlight
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,735-53%185-30$80$68,077,54216Fox
6Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$14,455-73%112--$129$213,9181Reliance Entertainment
7Prisoners$14,371-57%255-100$56$60,819,45710Warner Bros.
8We're the Millers$13,354-51%195-108$68$150,221,63916Warner Bros. / New Line
9Insidious: Chapter 2$13,193-54%18518$71$83,325,78011FilmDistrict
10Escape Plan$12,134-64%267-420$45$24,472,1476Lionsgate / Summit
11The Family (2013)$8,621-49%12696$68$36,727,87411Relativity Media
12The Counselor$7,334-56%129-352$57$16,805,2535Fox
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,328-47%124-52$59$115,577,56215Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$65,741-64%7041$939$1,373,2533Fox
2Frozen (2013)$47,725-43%1--$47,725$291,1151Disney
3Nebraska$29,543-67%2824$1,055$544,9112Paramount Vantage
4Philomena$13,110-65%4--$3,278$141,5451Weinstein Company
5Instructions Not Included$7,946-65%8033$99$44,313,84913Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Don Jon$4,216-46%36-12$117$24,261,3069Relativity Media
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$2,694-78%17-38$158$2,383,0996High Top Releasing
8Baggage Claim$2,365-48%46-62$51$21,506,0489Fox Searchlight
9Diana$1,054-61%26-57$41$332,6894eOne Films US
10Runner Runner$876-50%38-38$23$19,304,7158Fox
11In a World...$611-59%90$68$2,955,25916Roadside Attractions
12Romeo and Juliet (2013)$488502%12-17$41$1,154,4267Relativity Media
13Reaching for the Moon$343-35%1-1$343$38,9583Wolfe Releasing
14The World's End$340-60%6-2$57$25,996,56514Focus
15Grace Unplugged$186-84%10-19$19$2,505,6268Roadside Attractions
16Big Sur$13-81%10$13$34,4744Ketchup Entertainment