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 Sun, Dec. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$8,441,089-20%3,9280$2,149$189,501,2783Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$8,421,885-16%3,335-205$2,525$248,117,7956Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$5,373,946-25%3,5070$1,532$83,179,5502Paramount
4The Wolf of Wall Street$5,303,082-22%2,537--$2,090$34,153,1371Paramount
5American Hustle$5,186,960-27%2,5070$2,069$59,169,1643Sony / Columbia
6Saving Mr. Banks$3,691,208-27%2,1100$1,749$37,276,1503Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$3,471,755-27%2,909--$1,193$25,360,4681Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,931,538-21%2,315-634$1,266$390,985,3226Lionsgate
947 Ronin$2,810,005-23%2,689--$1,045$20,612,5301Universal
10Walking With Dinosaurs$2,141,169-18%3,24312$660$20,944,4782Fox
11Grudge Match$1,937,436-28%2,838--$683$13,140,2151Warner Bros.
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,639,761-40%1,788-406$917$43,206,2703Lionsgate
13Justin Bieber's Believe$537,366-21%1,037--$518$4,270,0671Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$539,365-40%975971$553$4,550,2135Weinstein Company
2Philomena$522,952-24%727-11$719$16,444,9836Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$380,990-21%16113$2,366$4,619,6734CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$329,880-17%220-19$1,499$6,817,7732Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$207,354-32%250-60$829$5,711,5367Paramount Vantage
6Thor: The Dark World$178,443-28%319-797$559$202,363,6108Disney
7The Book Thief$173,431-27%481-199$361$17,884,5868Fox
8Gravity$149,322-25%175-127$853$254,593,55413Warner Bros.
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$146,052-24%303-10$482$116,601,84714Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$109,714-25%154-147$712$37,798,96311Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$85,608-23%124-206$690$15,730,4889Focus
12Ender's Game$71,616-33%24962$288$61,170,5079Lionsgate / Summit
13Last Vegas$70,772-29%221-112$320$62,693,0019CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$69,044-23%257-21$269$101,263,07110Paramount
15Free Birds$66,863-23%24359$275$54,434,9069Relativity Media
16The Best Man Holiday$48,600-45%120-231$405$70,249,9507Universal
17Captain Phillips$40,051-28%111-61$361$104,568,72312Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$35,475-28%165-32$215$367,736,34526Universal
19Delivery Man$35,087-21%136-527$258$29,647,3986Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$21,192-21%107-31$198$24,956,83811Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$11,257-31%102-626$110$11,121,7884Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$211,423-13%4741$4,498$1,541,9942Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$55,982-15%5--$11,196$179,3021Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$30,285-10%2--$15,143$153,8391Universal
4All Is Lost$19,328-18%67-16$288$5,947,56111Roadside Attractions
5Homefront$18,763-29%75-600$250$20,097,9285Open Road
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$7,333-29%53-32$138$68,470,83021Fox
7Enough Said$6,878-31%27-15$255$17,454,74615Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,997-38%34-9$176$116,170,29720Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$2,781-45%24-39$116$7,000,8565Fox Searchlight
10The Family (2013)$2,00754%290$69$36,910,65616Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$1,291-35%210$61$2,189,1825FilmDistrict
12Don Jon$1,191-27%31-1$38$24,468,31414Relativity Media