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, Dec. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$8,737,31471%3,507--$2,491$21,960,9571Paramount
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$8,626,05971%3,92825$2,196$104,671,4762Warner Bros. / New Line
3American Hustle$6,525,0328722%2,5072501$2,603$7,638,4002Sony / Columbia
4Frozen (2013)$5,104,292132%3,540-176$1,442$177,496,3025Disney
5Saving Mr. Banks$3,087,4415979%2,1102095$1,463$3,712,9272Disney
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,504,97284%2,949-614$849$365,458,7685Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,428,035166%2,1940$1,107$22,198,3122Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$2,164,499--3,231--$670$2,164,4991Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$361,84732%1,116-1148$324$199,799,9557Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$1,081,575--239--$4,525$1,081,5751Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$322,67625%738-97$437$12,434,2285Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$304,937842%148133$2,060$1,356,0873CBS Films
4The Book Thief$211,762-2%680-478$311$16,055,3517Fox
5Nebraska$149,75458%31060$483$3,955,1206Paramount Vantage
6Homefront$140,2931%675-1427$208$19,397,3484Open Road
7Delivery Man$138,5709%663-1378$209$28,931,4565Disney / DreamWorks
8The Best Man Holiday$112,32046%351-571$320$69,513,6356Universal
9Gravity$107,19229%302-201$355$253,242,97712Warner Bros.
10Dallas Buyers Club$95,9880%330-244$291$14,869,2648Focus
1112 Years a Slave$92,32824%301-196$307$36,802,55410Fox Searchlight
12Out of the Furnace$90,012-51%728-1373$124$10,691,1523Relativity Media
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$71,690648%313138$229$115,515,46713Sony / Columbia
14Last Vegas$68,96354%333-393$207$62,062,6448CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$51,677207%278-178$186$100,708,5639Paramount
16Captain Phillips$35,61117%172-151$207$104,182,86311Sony / Columbia
17Ender's Game$29,24526%187-144$156$60,647,8218Lionsgate / Summit
18Despicable Me 2$25,61586%197-26$130$367,431,27025Universal
19Free Birds$18,89588%184-99$103$54,040,7288Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$16,63740%138-29$121$24,786,68710Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$72,21958%6--$12,037$176,4771Warner Bros.
2All Is Lost$13,059-39%83-180$157$5,805,08310Roadside Attractions
3About Time$11,640-12%97-46$120$15,264,9688Universal
4Black Nativity$9,385-21%63-197$149$6,941,9554Fox Searchlight
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$9,04924%40$2,262$272,8114Weinstein Company
6Enough Said$6,90019%42-30$164$17,391,76314Fox Searchlight
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$6,85952%85-38$81$68,399,95520Fox
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,0311%43-18$94$116,117,89419Weinstein Company
9Don Jon$3,691-29%32-60$115$24,448,12013Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$1,391-49%29-27$48$36,898,33015Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$595-72%21-130$28$2,179,6774FilmDistrict