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 Tue, Dec. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$7,076,451-10%3,335-205$2,122$263,092,6486Disney
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,527,246-15%3,9280$1,407$201,542,0783Warner Bros. / New Line
3American Hustle$4,359,3499%2,5070$1,739$67,518,5243Sony / Columbia
4Saving Mr. Banks$3,930,59436%2,1100$1,863$44,087,4693Disney
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$3,322,79719%2,909--$1,142$31,484,3311Fox
6The Wolf of Wall Street$3,302,034-17%2,537--$1,302$41,448,9351Paramount
7Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$3,017,115-31%3,5070$860$90,579,7682Paramount
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,051,927-18%2,315-634$886$395,526,7056Lionsgate
9Walking With Dinosaurs$1,660,902-5%3,24312$512$24,345,7672Fox
10Grudge Match$1,627,14810%2,838--$573$16,240,2261Warner Bros.
1147 Ronin$1,438,615-20%2,689--$535$23,852,7751Universal
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$991,942-9%1,788-406$555$45,282,8533Lionsgate
13Justin Bieber's Believe$195,181-53%1,037--$188$4,881,4361Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$483,17126%727-11$665$17,312,0346Weinstein Company
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$324,835-10%975971$333$5,236,1205Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$294,1173%16113$1,827$5,198,9284CBS Films
4Nebraska$200,35637%250-60$801$6,058,0987Paramount Vantage
5Dhoom 3$198,58217%220-19$903$7,185,4072Yash Raj Films
6The Book Thief$173,59011%481-199$361$18,214,7328Fox
7Gravity$138,1467%175-127$789$254,861,22913Warner Bros.
8Thor: The Dark World$136,610-10%319-797$428$202,651,7328Disney
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$119,702-12%303-10$395$116,857,45414Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$67,723-20%154-147$440$37,951,37111Fox Searchlight
11Last Vegas$55,26628%221-112$250$62,791,5959CBS Films
12Dallas Buyers Club$53,084-17%124-206$428$15,847,2139Focus
13Free Birds$50,258-12%24359$207$54,542,5369Relativity Media
14Ender's Game$48,020-26%24962$193$61,283,4649Lionsgate / Summit
15Captain Phillips$36,0578%111-61$325$104,638,05712Sony / Columbia
16Delivery Man$29,9929%136-527$221$29,704,8846Disney / DreamWorks
17Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$27,828-41%257-21$108$101,337,75910Paramount
18Despicable Me 2$26,400-14%165-32$160$367,793,27026Universal
19The Best Man Holiday$25,800-32%120-231$215$70,313,5507Universal
20Out of the Furnace$8,959-5%102-626$88$11,140,1524Relativity Media
21Escape Plan$8,778-27%107-31$82$24,977,64511Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$144,592-15%4741$3,076$1,856,5292Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$37,4470%5--$7,489$254,0911Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$13,490-36%2--$6,745$188,3281Universal
4Homefront$12,348-2%75-600$165$20,122,8765Open Road
5All Is Lost$11,941-5%67-16$178$5,972,09311Roadside Attractions
6Enough Said$5,64334%27-15$209$17,464,58715Fox Searchlight
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,112-12%53-32$96$68,481,74421Fox
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,0164%34-9$148$116,180,12820Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$1,481-26%24-39$62$7,004,3305Fox Searchlight
10The Family (2013)$993-24%290$34$36,912,95416Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$452-49%210$22$2,190,5245FilmDistrict
12Don Jon$148-84%31-1$5$24,469,38314Relativity Media