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 Fri, Nov. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$31,570,448111%4,1630$7,584$253,686,5042Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$26,840,236143%3,7423741$7,173$53,382,1362Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$4,477,422118%3,286-427$1,363$180,097,2124Disney
4The Best Man Holiday$3,373,905144%1,717-324$1,965$58,289,4603Universal
5Delivery Man$2,736,52590%3,0360$901$15,257,0672Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$2,632,10188%2,570--$1,024$5,457,2791Open Road
7The Book Thief$1,901,112132%1,2341164$1,541$4,901,1714Fox
8Black Nativity$1,559,704132%1,516--$1,029$2,669,8971Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$1,097,73795%1,854-1072$592$57,003,8845CBS Films
10Gravity$1,074,976110%1,016-829$1,058$248,217,8379Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$901,375140%1,165-309$774$31,751,5797Fox Searchlight
12Free Birds$840,930125%2,287-784$368$52,272,6615Relativity Media
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$726,44795%1,503-1122$483$97,739,6566Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,332,828209%835831$1,596$2,294,2462Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,015,246165%69630$1,459$8,713,7745Focus
3Ender's Game$515,819150%843-1192$612$58,682,2715Lionsgate / Summit
4Captain Phillips$499,397113%807-849$619$102,075,3488Sony / Columbia
5Oldboy (2013)$338,31183%583--$580$735,5941FilmDistrict
6Nebraska$281,335211%10274$2,758$1,029,7013Paramount Vantage
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$153,081258%707-414$217$114,799,94910Sony / Columbia
8About Time$145,64083%331-719$440$14,435,2635Universal
9Despicable Me 2$135,555245%271-24$500$366,727,87522Universal
10All Is Lost$70,695194%154-193$459$5,183,5887Roadside Attractions
11Enough Said$46,173182%121-112$382$17,119,70811Fox Searchlight
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$42,612245%163-22$261$68,175,27217Fox
13We're the Millers$36,060138%164-31$220$150,307,99517Warner Bros. / New Line
14Prisoners$32,981146%203-52$162$60,903,16111Warner Bros.
15Insidious: Chapter 2$32,096188%140-45$229$83,401,41112FilmDistrict
16The Family (2013)$19,321137%1304$149$36,775,03812Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$17,476123%141-126$124$24,525,4747Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$30,700--4--$7,675$30,7001Weinstein Company
2Instructions Not Included$22,029211%68-12$324$44,363,53014Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$16,6116%56-56$297$293,5032Reliance Entertainment
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,881176%71-53$224$115,614,94416Weinstein Company
5The Counselor$10,991123%78-51$141$16,837,6296Fox
6Don Jon$7,66277%26-10$295$24,283,41410Relativity Media
7Reaching for the Moon$1,938--43$485$41,0284Wolfe Releasing
8In a World...$1,853181%5-4$371$2,959,35317Roadside Attractions
9Runner Runner$1,721110%23-15$75$19,309,4939Fox
10The World's End$1,42658%60$238$26,000,52115Focus
11Contempt (2013 re-issue)$206--1--$206$32,51113Rialto Pictures
12Grace Unplugged$18416%4-6$46$2,506,6529Roadside Attractions
13Romeo and Juliet (2013)$158-96%120$13$1,160,8198Relativity Media
14Linsanity$13743%3--$46$284,6279Ketchup Entertainment
15Big Sur$47--21$24$34,6565Ketchup Entertainment