'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, Dec. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$7,775,778165%4,1630$1,868$317,440,7343Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$6,723,820260%3,7420$1,797$109,361,2563Disney
3Out of the Furnace$1,887,69114867%2,101--$898$1,914,7671Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$1,295,977155%3,074-212$422$190,195,6195Disney
5Delivery Man$1,131,085186%2,905-131$389$22,155,8673Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$1,015,036113%2,5700$395$12,915,4262Open Road
7The Best Man Holiday$780,615153%1,577-140$495$65,346,2304Universal
8The Book Thief$761,557120%1,31682$579$10,136,6125Fox
9Last Vegas$367,106116%1,539-315$239$59,688,7146CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$315,78575%1,082-83$292$34,187,9058Fox Searchlight
11Black Nativity$275,296134%1,5259$181$5,653,2992Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$242,538142%1,157-346$210$99,443,0737Paramount
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$69,4131601%1,007936$69$115,726,56917Weinstein Company
14Free Birds$60,81869%1,202-1085$51$53,507,7446Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$625,458101%8350$749$6,598,0933Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$424,387127%73438$578$11,372,7116Focus
3Gravity$330,950140%900-116$368$250,606,20410Warner Bros.
4Captain Phillips$149,584124%640-167$234$103,139,9619Sony / Columbia
5Nebraska$137,096145%11311$1,213$1,854,5744Paramount Vantage
6Ender's Game$133,938107%608-235$220$59,769,6796Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$90,1339%5830$155$1,745,3492FilmDistrict
8About Time$61,180118%266-65$230$14,841,7786Universal
9Despicable Me 2$39,060191%252-19$155$367,025,65523Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$34,045113%312-395$109$115,140,21011Sony / Columbia
11All Is Lost$27,19459%147-7$185$5,406,8348Roadside Attractions
12Don Jon$15,377384%12599$123$24,324,40611Relativity Media
13Insidious: Chapter 2$12,914154%122-18$106$83,493,20713FilmDistrict
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$11,880132%140-23$85$68,273,24318Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$123,340--4--$30,835$123,3401CBS Films
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$19,562141%40$4,891$125,2782Weinstein Company
3Enough Said$16,72090%94-27$178$17,244,70612Fox Searchlight
4Escape Plan$10,956143%81-60$135$24,583,9318Lionsgate / Summit
5Instructions Not Included$8,439193%46-22$183$44,429,66315Lionsgate / Pantelion
6The Family (2013)$7,87071%96-34$82$36,838,47913Relativity Media
7The Counselor$7,03884%71-7$99$16,877,9147Fox
8Twice Born$4,151--10--$415$4,1511eOne Films US
9Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$876-63%6-50$146$339,3473Reliance Entertainment