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 Tue, Nov. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$15,960,30930%4,163--$3,834$186,356,3171Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$1,941,50043%3,713-128$523$171,219,2853Disney
3Delivery Man$1,095,84949%3,036--$361$9,776,3081Disney / DreamWorks
4The Best Man Holiday$1,010,2958%2,04117$495$52,309,4552Universal
5Free Birds$925,93933%3,071-439$302$50,278,9084Relativity Media
6Last Vegas$579,78334%2,926-311$198$54,897,0764CBS Films
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$443,79720%2,625-565$169$96,247,3535Paramount
8Gravity$433,11729%1,845-715$235$246,177,0418Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$389,30329%1,47463$264$30,118,1466Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$307,46330%2,035-1201$151$57,738,8644Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$252,48738%1,656-970$152$101,140,9747Sony / Columbia
12About Time$183,75040%1,050-230$175$14,137,3634Universal
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$155,54417%1,121-524$139$114,516,6769Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$319,46524%666482$480$6,950,4784Focus
2Despicable Me 2$56,01031%295-10$190$366,474,43521Universal
3All Is Lost$47,69624%347-136$137$5,030,7976Roadside Attractions
4Enough Said$26,46622%233-160$114$17,038,12810Fox Searchlight
5Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$24,36469%112--$218$238,2821Reliance Entertainment
6Prisoners$20,57343%255-100$81$60,840,03010Warner Bros.
7Escape Plan$19,52661%267-420$73$24,491,6736Lionsgate / Summit
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$18,87428%185-30$102$68,096,41616Fox
9We're the Millers$16,07420%195-108$82$150,237,71316Warner Bros. / New Line
10Insidious: Chapter 2$15,97121%18518$86$83,341,75111FilmDistrict
11The Counselor$11,14952%129-352$86$16,816,4025Fox
12The Family (2013)$10,10117%12696$80$36,737,97511Relativity Media
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$9,15525%124-52$74$115,586,71715Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$82,92426%7041$1,185$1,456,1773Fox
2Frozen (2013)$51,7248%1--$51,724$342,8391Disney
3Nebraska$31,5787%2824$1,128$576,4892Paramount Vantage
4Philomena$12,164-7%4--$3,041$153,7091Weinstein Company
5Instructions Not Included$10,14628%8033$127$44,323,99513Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Don Jon$5,57332%36-12$155$24,266,8799Relativity Media
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$4,63172%17-38$272$2,387,7306High Top Releasing
8Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2,091328%12-17$174$1,156,5177Relativity Media
9Baggage Claim$2,013-15%46-62$44$21,508,0619Fox Searchlight
10Diana$1,79570%26-57$69$334,4844eOne Films US
11Runner Runner$1,19837%38-38$32$19,305,9138Fox
12The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$884--1--$884$59,2259Rialto Pictures
13The World's End$804136%6-2$134$25,997,36914Focus
14In a World...$6130%90$68$2,955,87216Roadside Attractions
15Grace Unplugged$27548%10-19$28$2,505,9018Roadside Attractions
16Reaching for the Moon$132-62%1-1$132$39,0903Wolfe Releasing
17Big Sur$123846%10$123$34,5974Ketchup Entertainment