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 Wed, Dec. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$8,103,172--3,450--$2,349$8,103,1720Paramount
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$4,855,421-23%3,903--$1,244$90,998,2531Warner Bros. / New Line
3Frozen (2013)$1,790,607-12%3,615-127$495$170,193,8884Disney
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,243,105-18%3,563-600$349$361,589,9634Lionsgate
5Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$809,906-23%2,194--$369$18,858,9271Lionsgate
6Thor: The Dark World$273,905-20%1,923-1151$142$199,163,7326Disney
7Out of the Furnace$232,592-27%2,1010$111$10,415,5692Relativity Media
8Homefront$148,236-42%1,250-1320$119$19,117,8443Open Road
9Delivery Man$139,596-38%1,502-1403$93$28,665,6474Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$255,924-7%8350$306$11,852,7004Weinstein Company
2The Book Thief$202,685-24%987-329$205$15,627,5376Fox
3Dallas Buyers Club$110,685-21%478-256$232$14,677,2907Focus
4Nebraska$109,328-8%250137$437$3,710,7635Paramount Vantage
5The Best Man Holiday$83,750-21%670-907$125$69,324,2655Universal
612 Years a Slave$77,113-23%414-668$186$36,635,5369Fox Searchlight
7Gravity$76,769-27%503-397$153$253,052,84211Warner Bros.
8Last Vegas$48,771-34%726-813$67$61,948,8497CBS Films
9Captain Phillips$30,171-15%323-317$93$104,116,94110Sony / Columbia
10Ender's Game$20,980-21%331-277$63$60,595,3067Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$19,928-12%263116$76$5,770,6429Roadside Attractions
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$16,452-41%456-701$36$100,640,0328Paramount
13Despicable Me 2$13,78012%212-40$65$367,391,86024Universal
14About Time$13,195-23%120-146$110$15,240,1037Universal
15Escape Plan$11,187-21%16786$67$24,758,1739Lionsgate / Summit
16Black Nativity$9,248-48%146-1379$63$6,920,6213Fox Searchlight
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$7,7111%175-137$44$115,434,19912Sony / Columbia
18Free Birds$7,399-55%283-919$26$54,011,7997Relativity Media
19Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,685-2%123-17$30$68,388,57719Fox
20Oldboy (2013)$3,641-35%151-432$24$2,176,9473FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$88,787-12%6--$14,798$1,039,4051Sony / Columbia
2Her (2013)$58,423--6--$9,737$58,4230Warner Bros.
3Saving Mr. Banks$50,595-7%15--$3,373$574,6991Disney
4Inside Llewyn Davis$35,5972%1511$2,373$1,018,7732CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,326154%40$2,082$256,4933Weinstein Company
6Enough Said$5,85319%72-22$81$17,379,07913Fox Searchlight
7Don Jon$5,6035%92-33$61$24,439,22612Relativity Media
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,844-3%61-946$63$116,109,87618Weinstein Company
9Insidious: Chapter 2$2,790-11%99-23$28$83,583,30714FilmDistrict
10The Counselor$2,537-17%60-11$42$16,930,8848Fox
11The Family (2013)$2,220-1%56-40$40$36,894,22514Relativity Media