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 Sat, Feb. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$20,262,41758%3,7750$5,368$113,364,0212Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$8,259,51021%3,372--$2,449$20,033,8071Sony / Columbia
3About Last Night$7,930,871-38%2,253--$3,520$20,801,9801Sony / Screen Gems
4The Monuments Men$5,954,28920%3,0830$1,931$39,587,9292Sony / Columbia
5Endless Love (2014)$3,576,560-52%2,896--$1,235$11,004,8051Universal
6Ride Along$3,158,835-7%2,517-283$1,255$113,943,1655Universal
7Frozen (2013)$2,419,79042%2,101-359$1,152$374,318,21613Disney
8Winter's Tale$2,245,561-39%2,965--$757$5,898,2481Warner Bros.
9Lone Survivor$1,670,79034%2,013-856$830$117,245,0618Universal
10That Awkward Moment$1,137,470-26%1,922-887$592$20,737,2603Focus
11American Hustle$964,46423%1,072-568$900$140,765,80410Sony / Columbia
12Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$887,84118%1,278-861$695$47,089,1765Paramount
13The Nut Job$773,46693%1,918-1086$403$56,924,3875Open Road
14Vampire Academy$699,945-1%2,6760$262$6,158,8722Weinstein Company
15Philomena$587,27441%1,225721$479$30,075,47113Weinstein Company
16Labor Day (2013)$454,362-8%1,664-920$273$12,143,3173Paramount
17August: Osage County$346,74845%1,010-317$343$35,467,2918Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$737,11433%751-416$982$110,039,3998Paramount
2Gravity$404,14637%355-346$1,138$267,620,30920Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$233,56478%386-292$605$48,016,76618Fox Searchlight
4Her (2013)$232,80021%255-202$913$23,134,5789Warner Bros.
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$216,38325%326-203$664$422,964,65913Lionsgate
6Nebraska$213,60054%324-201$659$15,612,62114Paramount Vantage
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$198,00438%285-252$695$255,966,97810Warner Bros. / New Line
8I, Frankenstein$174,1477%468-959$372$18,202,2974Lionsgate
9Dallas Buyers Club$161,53474%223-265$724$24,154,65216Focus
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$80,80421%201-41$402$57,407,7088Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$71,11810%261-85$272$125,030,3459Paramount
12Walking With Dinosaurs$69,89388%248-3$282$35,350,0729Fox
13Devil's Due$44,402-12%123-262$361$15,586,7505Fox
14Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$43,40371%181-16$240$119,371,83021Sony / Columbia
15Grudge Match$37,19027%291-50$128$29,636,0178Warner Bros.
16Captain Phillips$31,70822%135-47$235$106,836,23619Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$126,28455%9833$1,289$850,7314Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$56,76315%77-11$737$508,3992Reliance Entertainment
3Inside Llewyn Davis$49,71357%86-43$578$12,900,22911CBS Films
4The Book Thief$33,30731%94-41$354$21,054,97315Fox
5The Legend Of Hercules$25,9239%90-158$288$18,495,0706Lionsgate / Summit
6Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$15,73532%62-41$254$32,434,5487Paramount
7Free Birds$14,29681%75-34$191$55,597,55116Relativity Media
8Last Vegas$7,33420%41-19$179$63,903,96016CBS Films
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,015-18%34-12$148$8,212,06912Weinstein Company
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,64326%15-61$110$1,350,6864Roadside Attractions
11All Is Lost$1,27115%9-3$141$6,257,93818Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$984-10%10$984$14,3392Rialto Pictures
13The Pretty One$74810%10$748$3,7832Dada Films
14At Middleton$71249%1-7$712$52,4093Anchor Bay / Freestyle
15Knights of Badassdom$45475%2-7$227$97,9214eOne Films US