'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 Wed, Feb. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$702,415-17%2,867108$245$95,020,6703Universal
2Lone Survivor$589,880-14%3,285123$180$106,693,7716Universal
3Frozen (2013)$576,4079%2,754-3$209$361,228,41111Disney
4That Awkward Moment$567,360-27%2,809--$202$10,697,2571Focus
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$476,452-19%2,907-480$164$40,402,1473Paramount
6Labor Day (2013)$389,525-32%2,584--$151$6,535,2311Paramount
7The Nut Job$376,1898%3,4720$108$50,946,9763Open Road
8American Hustle$368,584-16%2,216-88$166$134,635,2198Sony / Columbia
9The Wolf of Wall Street$334,739-15%1,607-197$208$104,978,1826Paramount
10I, Frankenstein$292,302-26%2,7530$106$15,736,7762Lionsgate
11August: Osage County$282,416-24%2,319-92$122$32,498,9806Weinstein Company
12Gravity$202,023-3%1,132-128$178$264,581,64118Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$156,871-23%1,172-59$134$46,363,60016Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$122,847-20%1,052-58$117$22,949,46214Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$100,349-11%1,075-585$93$81,347,1988Disney
16Devil's Due$68,628-20%1,290-1254$53$15,021,5333Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$137,710-19%875-93$157$14,090,21012Paramount Vantage
2Her (2013)$122,118-7%803-522$152$21,608,4917Warner Bros.
3Philomena$120,573-12%56762$213$27,739,21711Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$102,396-18%933-352$110$254,599,9128Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$77,796-23%822-229$95$421,669,86111Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$45,020-16%598-773$75$18,112,2774Lionsgate / Summit
7Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$30,678-2%420-404$73$124,504,6827Paramount
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$28,945-9%410-130$71$56,976,5616Fox
9Inside Llewyn Davis$27,991-24%214-75$131$12,566,2139CBS Films
10The Book Thief$20,2024%178-19$113$20,821,10913Fox
11Gimme Shelter (2014)$20,170-8%347-38$58$1,256,3142Roadside Attractions
12Captain Phillips$18,838-14%245-57$77$106,604,89617Sony / Columbia
13Walking With Dinosaurs$15,8723%323-7$49$35,013,7737Fox
1447 Ronin$14,705-30%174-65$85$38,348,4706Universal
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,97813%220-22$45$119,141,57319Sony / Columbia
16Grudge Match$8,487-9%241-3$35$29,368,2136Warner Bros.
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,834-19%150-377$46$32,310,2895Paramount
18Last Vegas$6,03413%104--$58$63,850,40714CBS Films
19Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$5,557-19%16331$34$52,452,4738Lionsgate
20Free Birds$3,47719%135-36$26$55,529,48814Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$15,4001%2926$531$289,5702Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,504-47%77-25$58$8,158,08610Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$3,5054%20--$175$43,9091Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4Knights of Badassdom$3,01364%11-2$274$73,8682eOne Films US
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,3253%52-49$25$116,628,20925Weinstein Company
6All Is Lost$1,2477%25-5$50$6,248,61416Roadside Attractions
7Out of the Furnace$910-19%36-38$25$11,329,8719Relativity Media
8Love Is in the Air$361-8%6--$60$6,0701Focus World