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 Mon, Dec. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$2,051,152-79%3,7420$548$136,304,8183Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,943,642-70%4,1630$467$337,794,4843Lionsgate
3Out of the Furnace$500,820-59%2,101--$238$5,748,1841Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$397,478-68%3,074-212$129$194,108,6655Disney
5Homefront$343,244-62%2,5700$134$15,672,0742Open Road
6Delivery Man$319,661-64%2,905-131$110$25,086,9873Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$271,141-60%1,31682$206$12,271,8195Fox
8The Best Man Holiday$205,010-64%1,577-140$130$67,380,5154Universal
912 Years a Slave$130,374-57%1,082-83$120$35,149,4538Fox Searchlight
10Last Vegas$128,065-60%1,539-315$83$60,715,0076CBS Films
11Black Nativity$82,010-65%1,5259$54$6,486,7702Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$71,424-63%1,157-346$62$100,092,3377Paramount
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$33,612-54%1,007936$33$115,955,78717Weinstein Company
14Free Birds$26,001-78%1,202-1085$22$53,815,3466Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$233,688-59%8350$280$8,401,6643Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$153,479-61%73438$209$12,607,4726Focus
3Gravity$118,318-61%900-116$131$251,604,85110Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$51,427-60%11311$455$2,290,1844Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$49,863-58%640-167$78$103,550,4419Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$44,910-64%608-235$74$60,164,6256Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$44,576-49%5830$76$2,001,2472FilmDistrict
8About Time$22,610-62%266-65$85$15,023,9886Universal
9Despicable Me 2$13,860-72%252-19$55$367,171,81523Universal
10All Is Lost$13,739-53%147-7$93$5,499,9088Roadside Attractions
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$10,138-80%312-395$32$115,279,43311Sony / Columbia
12Don Jon$7,268-53%12599$58$24,368,05711Relativity Media
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,826-70%140-23$34$68,320,98418Fox
14Insidious: Chapter 2$4,093-68%122-18$34$83,533,48513FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$39,602-68%4--$9,901$445,0131CBS Films
2Enough Said$6,628-60%94-27$71$17,299,46912Fox Searchlight
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,600-71%40$1,650$187,7102Weinstein Company
4Escape Plan$3,519-64%81-60$43$24,613,6638Lionsgate / Summit
5The Family (2013)$3,130-62%96-34$33$36,862,10813Relativity Media
6Instructions Not Included$2,753-78%46-22$60$44,459,26215Lionsgate / Pantelion
7The Counselor$2,583-62%71-7$36$16,896,7107Fox
8Twice Born$706-86%10--$71$15,6531eOne Films US
9Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$163-75%6-50$27$341,5673Reliance Entertainment