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 Mon, Feb. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$3,494,064-83%3,775--$926$72,544,3431Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$1,622,380-70%3,083--$526$23,625,8131Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$559,845-76%2,800-67$200$105,872,3754Universal
4Frozen (2013)$443,330-79%2,460-294$180$369,080,76712Disney
5Lone Survivor$387,315-74%2,869-416$135$113,239,4617Universal
6That Awkward Moment$362,052-69%2,8090$129$16,907,2732Focus
7Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$260,121-71%2,139-768$122$44,660,8234Paramount
8Vampire Academy$242,653-72%2,676--$91$4,164,3951Weinstein Company
9Labor Day (2013)$238,648-70%2,5840$92$10,365,8292Paramount
10The Nut Job$227,223-80%3,004-468$76$55,252,9674Open Road
11American Hustle$220,841-72%1,640-576$135$138,306,5629Sony / Columbia
12The Wolf of Wall Street$215,064-71%1,167-440$184$108,111,6527Paramount
13August: Osage County$126,375-70%1,327-992$95$34,416,8867Weinstein Company
14I, Frankenstein$123,642-71%1,427-1326$87$17,607,4913Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$141,463-70%701-431$202$266,615,70019Warner Bros.
2Philomena$85,368-65%504-63$169$28,757,94312Weinstein Company
312 Years a Slave$73,739-69%678-494$109$47,421,57617Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$67,061-68%525-350$128$15,010,33613Paramount Vantage
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$66,202-67%537-396$123$255,464,5769Warner Bros. / New Line
6Her (2013)$60,314-71%457-346$132$22,524,3468Warner Bros.
7Dallas Buyers Club$53,522-69%488-564$110$23,733,43315Focus
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$50,119-71%529-293$95$422,461,57212Lionsgate
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$26,670-61%346-74$77$124,820,9828Paramount
10Devil's Due$25,522-65%385-905$66$15,430,6854Fox
11The Legend Of Hercules$18,298-75%248-350$74$18,407,3665Lionsgate / Summit
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,494-66%242-168$64$57,213,6647Fox
13Walking With Dinosaurs$15,330-73%251-72$61$35,215,1408Fox
14Inside Llewyn Davis$14,417-68%129-85$112$12,770,87710CBS Films
15Grudge Match$13,250-66%341100$39$29,534,2117Warner Bros.
16The Book Thief$10,231-60%135-43$76$20,960,13414Fox
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,412-74%197-23$48$119,285,27420Sony / Columbia
18Captain Phillips$9,221-68%182-63$51$106,744,89618Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,684-71%103-47$55$32,390,7356Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$4,111-78%115-48$36$52,532,4419Lionsgate
21Free Birds$2,220-80%109-26$20$55,569,72515Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$21,359-72%6536$329$573,3363Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$15,528-83%88--$176$352,5141Reliance Entertainment
3Gimme Shelter (2014)$4,252-74%76-271$56$1,339,3173Roadside Attractions
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,907-50%46-31$63$8,188,11911Weinstein Company
5Last Vegas$1,951-60%60-44$33$63,883,03815CBS Films
6Knights of Badassdom$1,257173%9-2$140$88,0533eOne Films US
7Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,249-43%1--$1,249$8,5471Rialto Pictures
8At Middleton$411-65%8-12$51$50,3642Anchor Bay / Freestyle
9All Is Lost$175-79%12-13$15$6,253,33717Roadside Attractions
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$171-73%11-41$16$116,631,48126Weinstein Company
11The Pretty One$147-66%1--$147$1,6311Dada Films
12Love Is in the Air$102-14%3-3$34$7,7382Focus World
13Demi-Soeur$99-46%1--$99$7331Rialto Premieres