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 Thu, Dec. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,523,77113%3,92825$2,679$160,469,5462Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$9,108,70343%3,335-280$2,731$219,521,4765Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$7,363,835-9%3,50757$2,100$63,517,0181Paramount
4The Wolf of Wall Street$6,641,180-27%2,537--$2,618$15,791,5590Paramount
5American Hustle$6,368,347-14%2,5072501$2,540$40,450,3532Sony / Columbia
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,781,588-39%2,909--$1,644$12,594,9600Fox
7Saving Mr. Banks$4,676,863-9%2,1102095$2,217$23,822,6172Disney
847 Ronin$3,670,485-48%2,689--$1,365$10,702,2200Universal
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,039,83220%2,305-1258$1,319$380,923,8435Lionsgate
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,229,608-25%1,803-391$1,237$36,319,0762Lionsgate
11Grudge Match$2,160,738-45%2,838--$761$6,118,2220Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$2,142,24124%3,231--$663$13,668,3061Fox
13Justin Bieber's Believe$1,012,500-19%1,037--$976$2,262,5000Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$752,800-40%975971$772$2,309,4684Weinstein Company
2Philomena$475,24014%727-108$654$14,677,4235Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$369,940-18%160145$2,312$3,370,7153CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$363,431-58%239--$1,521$5,749,6321Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$191,484-1%2500$766$4,973,8056Paramount Vantage
6The Book Thief$176,63913%463-524$382$17,270,4927Fox
7Thor: The Dark World$168,91512%319-1604$530$201,727,5377Disney
8Gravity$139,0012%175-328$794$254,085,40412Warner Bros.
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$130,50783%303128$431$116,092,31313Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$102,87321%147-267$700$37,425,98410Fox Searchlight
11Ender's Game$75,43648%236-95$320$60,900,0268Lionsgate / Summit
12Dallas Buyers Club$74,2677%137-341$542$15,451,7968Focus
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$60,8857%257-199$237$101,029,1119Paramount
14Last Vegas$58,70924%221-505$266$62,439,7618CBS Films
15The Best Man Holiday$53,9601%195-475$277$70,033,2706Universal
16Free Birds$51,47569%243-40$212$54,208,0228Relativity Media
17Captain Phillips$40,82520%111-212$368$104,427,92411Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$34,12570%175-37$195$367,607,66025Universal
19Delivery Man$30,526-1%136-1366$224$29,527,5955Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$17,208-3%110-57$156$24,888,08110Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$11,9993%102-1999$118$11,080,7513Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$166,988-36%4741$3,553$892,3211Warner Bros.
2Lone Survivor$26,125-29%2--$13,063$62,9670Universal
3Homefront$16,487-35%75-1175$220$20,033,4484Open Road
4All Is Lost$14,96741%83-180$180$5,882,95010Roadside Attractions
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,18444%85-38$96$68,444,72720Fox
6About Time$8,10371%73-47$111$15,322,9218Universal
7Enough Said$8,06630%42-30$192$17,430,70714Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,05556%34-27$208$116,146,95519Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$3,58438%63-83$57$6,988,9124Fox Searchlight
10Don Jon$1,8811%31-61$61$24,464,25413Relativity Media
11The Family (2013)$1,199-5%29-27$41$36,906,21215Relativity Media
12Oldboy (2013)$890-7%21-130$42$2,184,2614FilmDistrict