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, Jan. 23 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$1,744,265-2%2,663--$655$54,245,3101Universal
2Lone Survivor$1,374,9401%2,989114$460$81,013,9614Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$1,023,674-1%3,387--$302$21,368,1331Paramount
4American Hustle$743,855-3%2,204-425$338$119,938,7536Sony / Columbia
5August: Osage County$655,749-5%2,0511146$320$21,485,5014Weinstein Company
6Frozen (2013)$654,820-3%2,979-260$220$338,780,2059Disney
7The Nut Job$651,102-10%3,427--$190$27,955,2451Open Road
8The Wolf of Wall Street$607,6271%1,930-591$315$93,030,4544Paramount
9Her (2013)$349,4952%1,7290$202$16,890,4085Warner Bros.
10Saving Mr. Banks$314,5983%2,449-222$128$77,077,3626Disney
11Devil's Due$300,030-2%2,544--$118$10,135,9631Fox
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$250,4561%1,815-1260$138$250,178,9246Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$212,191-7%2,1040$101$15,812,2082Lionsgate / Summit
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$153,8351%1,731-1281$89$122,985,8665Paramount
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$152,2123%1,328-434$115$418,481,9689Lionsgate
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$93,4573%1,037-1547$90$55,734,7334Fox
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$80,682-1%1,569-1314$51$31,797,3683Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$154,1920%944789$163$259,183,46916Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$151,3613%761647$199$41,528,81714Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$143,1920%505-102$284$24,738,5799Weinstein Company
4Nebraska$106,4233%408-113$261$10,167,97410Paramount Vantage
5Dallas Buyers Club$97,2576%419294$232$18,328,70712Focus
6Inside Llewyn Davis$92,27716%585-144$158$11,489,3477CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$54,8055%9030$61$105,932,01815Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$37,6400%343-1016$110$37,802,5004Universal
9The Book Thief$28,0413%190-113$148$20,303,11011Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$15,8885%256-8$62$118,602,23017Sony / Columbia
11Grudge Match$14,245-5%408-1597$35$29,134,6484Warner Bros.
12Last Vegas$13,5622%194-46$70$63,665,70712CBS Films
13Walking With Dinosaurs$13,466-12%454-885$30$34,449,8045Fox
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,9973%122-241$74$8,031,4528Weinstein Company
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$7,724-5%154-38$50$102,003,01913Paramount
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$7,22210%391-649$18$52,277,5806Lionsgate
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,324-7%119-17$45$116,561,31123Weinstein Company
18Free Birds$5,295-13%199-33$27$55,341,03412Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$5,62616%62-7$91$6,206,80414Roadside Attractions
2Knights of Badassdom$4,745-22%13--$365$29,3140eOne Films US
3Out of the Furnace$4,7423%9760$49$11,287,6137Relativity Media
4Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,46855%2--$734$43,76320Rialto Pictures
5Indigo Children$540391%1--$540$2,6211Striped Entertainment
6Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$176220%10$176$5,1222Anchor Bay Films