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 Sun, Dec. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$15,207,908-40%3,7423741$4,064$93,933,2262Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$14,207,894-50%4,1630$3,413$296,295,6572Lionsgate
3Thor: The Dark World$2,146,186-52%3,286-427$653$186,705,0864Disney
4Homefront$1,572,101-42%2,570--$612$9,740,4191Open Road
5The Best Man Holiday$1,459,450-56%1,717-324$850$63,088,4753Universal
6Delivery Man$1,323,014-52%3,0360$436$19,356,3832Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$1,075,101-43%1,2341164$871$7,864,9204Fox
8Black Nativity$618,845-58%1,516--$408$4,779,7231Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$513,145-53%1,854-1072$277$58,598,6725CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$488,496-47%1,165-309$419$33,155,2427Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$471,382-53%1,016-829$464$249,699,0499Warner Bros.
12Free Birds$353,768-45%2,287-784$155$53,266,9095Relativity Media
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$299,630-60%1,503-1122$199$98,779,6296Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$899,601-38%835831$1,077$4,637,4192Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$522,175-47%69630$750$10,215,7045Focus
3Oldboy (2013)$220,698-32%583--$379$1,282,6651FilmDistrict
4Ender's Game$220,596-54%843-1192$262$59,381,2305Lionsgate / Summit
5Captain Phillips$197,234-56%807-849$244$102,723,9558Sony / Columbia
6Nebraska$169,854-39%10274$1,665$1,479,3313Paramount Vantage
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$87,813-40%707-414$124$115,033,80910Sony / Columbia
8About Time$79,445-47%331-719$240$14,663,6585Universal
9Despicable Me 2$67,750-50%271-24$250$366,932,48022Universal
10All Is Lost$46,573-39%154-193$302$5,306,1457Roadside Attractions
11Enough Said$24,926-50%121-112$206$17,194,87611Fox Searchlight
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$21,942-48%163-22$135$68,239,40117Fox
13Prisoners$21,074-45%203-52$104$60,962,87811Warner Bros.
14We're the Millers$19,543-53%164-31$119$150,368,97117Warner Bros. / New Line
15Insidious: Chapter 2$18,391-53%140-45$131$83,458,69212FilmDistrict
16The Family (2013)$12,907-41%1304$99$36,809,72612Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$10,235-49%141-126$73$24,555,7597Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$18,017-30%68-12$265$44,407,42114Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$16,913-54%4--$4,228$84,2831Weinstein Company
3Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$11,467-45%56-56$205$325,8842Reliance Entertainment
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,660-51%71-53$122$115,641,17716Weinstein Company
5The Counselor$7,213-40%78-51$92$16,856,8986Fox
6Don Jon$6,703-14%26-10$258$24,297,89310Relativity Media
7In a World...$1,349-27%5-4$270$2,962,54217Roadside Attractions
8Runner Runner$1,260-27%23-15$55$19,312,4809Fox
9Reaching for the Moon$1,240-21%4-6$310$43,8384Wolfe Releasing
10The World's End$1,092-29%60$182$26,003,14915Focus
11Contempt (2013 re-issue)$47693%1--$476$33,23313Rialto Pictures
12Grace Unplugged$25427%4-6$64$2,507,1069Roadside Attractions
13Linsanity$180-59%32$60$285,2479Ketchup Entertainment
14Big Sur$8468%21$42$34,7905Ketchup Entertainment
15Romeo and Juliet (2013)$49-78%120$4$1,161,0898Relativity Media