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, Jan. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lone Survivor$3,623,02510%2,8752873$1,260$45,160,7463Universal
2American Hustle$1,306,96532%2,629111$497$103,565,1295Sony / Columbia
3The Wolf of Wall Street$1,293,86527%2,521-36$513$80,741,9683Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$976,35928%3,239-79$301$319,056,9058Disney
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$783,23627%3,075-655$255$243,628,1845Warner Bros. / New Line
6Saving Mr. Banks$689,86436%2,671561$258$70,126,1575Disney
7Her (2013)$632,10321%1,7291682$366$9,939,2834Warner Bros.
8The Legend Of Hercules$606,0821%2,104--$288$10,075,2921Lionsgate / Summit
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$497,84420%3,012-395$165$119,168,2214Paramount
10Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$447,19312%2,88316$155$29,302,7162Paramount
11The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$365,31430%2,584-338$141$53,239,5863Fox
12The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$353,65420%1,762-381$201$414,423,4528Lionsgate
1347 Ronin$231,03036%1,359-1331$170$36,845,1003Universal
14Grudge Match$152,46316%2,005-851$76$28,694,3763Warner Bros.
15Walking With Dinosaurs$78,35025%1,339-1221$59$33,856,0404Fox
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$57,80614%1,040-434$56$51,963,4525Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1August: Osage County$824,45532%905900$911$9,152,6503Weinstein Company
2Philomena$217,47931%6070$358$22,324,5438Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$203,74523%729573$279$9,685,7356CBS Films
4Nebraska$145,77425%521281$280$8,477,3679Paramount Vantage
5The Book Thief$52,09034%303-26$172$19,833,66110Fox
612 Years a Slave$52,03614%114-37$456$39,002,29513Fox Searchlight
7Dallas Buyers Club$50,52938%125-3$404$16,769,16911Focus
8Gravity$46,0396%155-10$297$256,314,18515Warner Bros.
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$38,32227%363-647$106$7,828,7537Weinstein Company
10Thor: The Dark World$29,71021%257-34$116$203,988,73510Disney
11Last Vegas$25,62347%240-17$107$63,435,52011CBS Films
12Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$17,40411%264-14$66$118,102,02516Sony / Columbia
13Captain Phillips$13,38843%114--$117$105,010,29514Sony / Columbia
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$12,2704%192-28$64$101,854,25812Paramount
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$10,41321%1363$77$116,446,18522Weinstein Company
16Free Birds$9,0759%232-21$39$55,139,83711Relativity Media
17Despicable Me 2$4,11020%137-14$30$368,057,17028Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Justin Bieber's Believe$7,85127%75-962$105$6,201,0883Open Road
2Escape Plan$3,94116%77-7$51$25,128,64413Lionsgate / Summit
3All Is Lost$3,809-71%69-2$55$6,125,09413Roadside Attractions
4Out of the Furnace$1,94613%37-22$53$11,218,5086Relativity Media
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8468%33-6$26$68,539,22323Fox
6Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$84-33%1--$84$3,4361Anchor Bay Films