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 Thu, Nov. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$14,951,629-28%4,163--$3,592$222,116,0561Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$11,037,812-27%3,742--$2,950$26,541,9001Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$2,054,146-12%3,286-555$625$175,619,7903Disney
4Delivery Man$1,437,48210%3,036--$473$12,520,5421Disney / DreamWorks
5Homefront$1,400,066-2%2,570--$545$2,825,1780Open Road
6The Best Man Holiday$1,383,37513%1,785-239$775$54,915,5552Universal
7The Book Thief$818,09713%1,2341205$663$3,000,0593Fox
8Black Nativity$673,25354%1,516--$444$1,110,1930Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$562,33926%1,963-1274$286$55,906,1474CBS Films
10Gravity$511,37013%1,016-1544$503$247,142,8618Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$375,4525%1,165-246$322$30,850,2046Fox Searchlight
12Free Birds$374,140-52%2,287-1223$164$51,431,7314Relativity Media
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$371,665-6%1,619-1571$230$97,013,2095Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$431,61215%753--$573$961,4181Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$383,3745%690506$556$7,698,5284Focus
3Captain Phillips$234,47217%807-1819$291$101,575,9517Sony / Columbia
4Ender's Game$206,286-7%843-2393$245$58,166,4524Lionsgate / Summit
5Oldboy (2013)$184,431-13%583--$316$397,2830FilmDistrict
6Nebraska$90,42811%10298$887$748,3662Paramount Vantage
7About Time$79,4409%376-904$211$14,289,6234Universal
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$42,732-51%707-938$60$114,646,8689Sony / Columbia
9Despicable Me 2$39,295-50%271-34$145$366,592,32021Universal
10All Is Lost$24,026-5%349-134$69$5,080,2456Roadside Attractions
11Enough Said$16,379-14%121-272$135$17,073,53510Fox Searchlight
12Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$15,695-32%112--$140$276,8921Reliance Entertainment
13We're the Millers$15,149-21%164-139$92$150,271,93516Warner Bros. / New Line
14Prisoners$13,400-20%203-152$66$60,870,18010Warner Bros.
15Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$12,352-48%163-52$76$68,132,66016Fox
16Insidious: Chapter 2$11,127-32%140-27$79$83,369,31511FilmDistrict
17The Family (2013)$8,148-15%130100$63$36,755,71711Relativity Media
18Escape Plan$7,837-8%141-546$56$24,507,9986Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$7,094-32%6821$104$44,341,50113Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,759-13%71-105$81$115,599,06315Weinstein Company
3The Counselor$4,929-7%78-403$63$16,826,6385Fox
4Don Jon$4,323-5%36-12$120$24,275,7529Relativity Media
5Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,549496%12-17$296$1,160,6617Relativity Media
6Baggage Claim$2,056-11%42-66$49$21,512,4219Fox Searchlight
7The World's End$9009%6-2$150$25,999,09514Focus
8Runner Runner$821-21%23-53$36$19,307,7728Fox
9In a World...$660-32%90$73$2,957,50016Roadside Attractions
10Diana$53154%26-57$20$335,3604eOne Films US
11Grace Unplugged$159-61%10-19$16$2,506,4688Roadside Attractions
12Linsanity$9655%1--$96$284,4908Ketchup Entertainment