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, Jan. 31 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$4,011,035246%2,867108$1,399$84,673,7853Universal
2That Awkward Moment$3,952,358--2,809--$1,407$3,952,3581Focus
3Lone Survivor$2,317,505153%3,285123$705$100,011,0616Universal
4Frozen (2013)$2,244,958246%2,754-3$815$352,947,28711Disney
5Labor Day (2013)$1,921,070--2,584--$743$1,921,0701Paramount
6Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$1,783,761128%2,907-480$614$35,351,7313Paramount
7The Nut Job$1,763,132228%3,4720$508$44,396,1273Open Road
8American Hustle$1,330,102121%2,216-88$600$130,651,2818Sony / Columbia
9I, Frankenstein$1,107,633118%2,7530$402$12,077,7032Lionsgate
10The Wolf of Wall Street$1,091,398116%1,607-197$679$101,618,1596Paramount
11August: Osage County$921,69465%2,319-92$397$29,549,8406Weinstein Company
12Gravity$586,578204%1,132-128$518$262,553,92418Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$431,16893%1,172-59$368$44,839,56316Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$429,148104%1,052-58$408$21,608,54814Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$353,74758%1,075-585$329$80,326,7248Disney
16Devil's Due$351,44784%1,290-1254$272$14,107,3153Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$377,76969%803-522$470$20,425,2857Warner Bros.
2Nebraska$346,36156%875-93$396$12,863,25912Paramount Vantage
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$337,645100%933-352$362$253,367,4598Warner Bros. / New Line
4Philomena$289,70371%56762$511$26,704,94911Weinstein Company
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$277,459151%822-229$338$420,746,00311Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$153,06458%598-773$256$17,582,2044Lionsgate / Summit
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$118,454142%410-130$289$56,657,3426Fox
8Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$109,05152%420-404$260$124,200,5047Paramount
9Gimme Shelter (2014)$96,45494%347-38$278$981,6002Roadside Attractions
10Inside Llewyn Davis$85,64259%214-75$400$12,267,8819CBS Films
11Captain Phillips$63,422107%245-57$259$106,433,17017Sony / Columbia
12Walking With Dinosaurs$52,824320%323-7$164$34,800,0667Fox
13The Book Thief$50,18170%178-19$282$20,666,03513Fox
14Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$45,118211%220-22$205$118,981,45319Sony / Columbia
1547 Ronin$43,55592%174-65$250$38,203,3456Universal
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$27,33110%150-377$182$32,233,7645Paramount
17Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$26,674669%16331$164$52,364,9118Lionsgate
18Grudge Match$20,481101%241-3$85$29,297,2206Warner Bros.
19Last Vegas$15,30437%104-55$147$63,806,35814CBS Films
20Free Birds$14,044117%135-36$104$55,474,16014Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$43,657616%2926$1,505$122,0662Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$14,05169%77-25$182$8,117,91810Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$11,780--20--$589$11,7801Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,2177%52-49$81$116,616,53925Weinstein Company
5All Is Lost$3,54265%25-5$142$6,235,74216Roadside Attractions
6Out of the Furnace$2,6253%36-38$73$11,321,5429Relativity Media
7Knights of Badassdom$1,942-80%11-2$177$64,2512eOne Films US
8Love Is in the Air$1,754--6--$292$1,7541Focus World