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. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$10,167,90612%3,335-205$3,049$229,689,3826Disney
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,005,121-5%3,9280$2,547$170,474,6673Warner Bros. / New Line
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$7,143,451-3%3,5070$2,037$70,660,4692Paramount
4American Hustle$6,380,6490%2,5070$2,545$46,831,0023Sony / Columbia
5The Wolf of Wall Street$6,256,930-6%2,537--$2,466$22,048,4891Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$4,720,6891%2,1100$2,237$28,543,3063Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,535,301-5%2,909--$1,559$17,130,2611Fox
847 Ronin$3,470,155-5%2,689--$1,291$14,172,3751Universal
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,433,03313%2,315-634$1,483$384,356,8766Lionsgate
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,525,88113%1,788-406$1,413$38,844,9573Lionsgate
11Walking With Dinosaurs$2,524,79218%3,24312$779$16,193,0982Fox
12Grudge Match$2,392,50911%2,838--$843$8,510,7311Warner Bros.
13Justin Bieber's Believe$790,022-22%1,037--$762$3,052,5221Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$800,2566%975971$821$3,109,7245Weinstein Company
2Philomena$558,71718%727-11$769$15,236,1406Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$384,2484%16113$2,387$3,754,9634CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$338,407-7%220-19$1,538$6,088,0392Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$227,12119%250-60$908$5,200,9267Paramount Vantage
6Thor: The Dark World$209,19624%319-797$656$201,936,7338Disney
7The Book Thief$204,21916%481-199$425$17,474,7118Fox
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$170,81231%303-10$564$116,263,12514Sony / Columbia
9Gravity$160,83816%175-127$919$254,246,24213Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$117,56014%154-147$763$37,543,54411Fox Searchlight
11Ender's Game$91,90922%24962$369$60,991,9359Lionsgate / Summit
12Last Vegas$83,41842%221-112$377$62,523,1799CBS Films
13Dallas Buyers Club$82,17811%124-206$663$15,533,9749Focus
14The Best Man Holiday$79,19547%120-231$660$70,112,4657Universal
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$74,74123%257-21$291$101,103,85210Paramount
16Free Birds$73,50443%24359$302$54,281,5269Relativity Media
17Captain Phillips$44,75310%111-61$403$104,472,67712Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$43,72528%165-32$265$367,651,38526Universal
19Delivery Man$40,26032%136-527$296$29,567,8556Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$20,80421%107-31$194$24,908,88511Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$13,35211%102-626$131$11,094,1034Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$194,04916%4741$4,129$1,086,3702Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$57,254--5--$11,451$57,2541Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$26,8213%2--$13,411$89,7881Universal
4All Is Lost$21,78646%67-16$325$5,904,73611Roadside Attractions
5Homefront$19,29017%75-600$257$20,052,7385Open Road
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,3762%53-32$158$68,453,10321Fox
7Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,6488%34-9$225$116,154,60320Weinstein Company
8Enough Said$7,237-10%27-15$268$17,437,94415Fox Searchlight
9Black Nativity$4,12515%24-39$172$6,993,0375Fox Searchlight
10Oldboy (2013)$1,64184%210$78$2,185,9025FilmDistrict
11Don Jon$1,234-34%31-1$40$24,465,48814Relativity Media
12The Family (2013)$1,132-6%290$39$36,907,34416Relativity Media