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 Wed, Feb. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$2,673,346-25%3,7750$708$149,006,9402Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$1,253,309-29%3,3720$372$33,015,1031Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$1,049,556-20%3,0830$340$48,941,6692Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$891,511-24%2,253--$396$29,895,3201Sony / Screen Gems
5Frozen (2013)$454,973-17%2,101-359$217$379,250,58613Disney
6Endless Love (2014)$434,425-25%2,896--$150$15,421,2301Universal
7Ride Along$402,720-17%2,517-168$160$118,090,4955Universal
8Winter's Tale$331,446-25%2,965--$112$8,782,7131Warner Bros.
9Lone Survivor$241,560-11%2,013-467$120$119,489,5718Universal
10That Awkward Moment$211,737-25%1,922-887$110$22,454,4523Focus
11Philomena$194,563-8%1,225721$159$31,334,39513Weinstein Company
12The Nut Job$180,277-6%1,918-1086$94$58,649,3205Open Road
13American Hustle$172,048-7%1,072-416$160$142,203,59710Sony / Columbia
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$142,550-18%1,278-861$112$48,340,6935Paramount
15Vampire Academy$122,479-18%2,6760$46$7,229,3312Weinstein Company
16August: Osage County$92,147-5%1,010-317$91$36,127,6088Weinstein Company
17Labor Day (2013)$83,230-22%1,664-920$50$12,794,7203Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$158,006-7%751-416$210$111,363,5338Paramount
2Gravity$83,399-7%355-346$235$268,345,78220Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$63,276-13%386-180$164$48,491,21118Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$57,445-6%324-201$177$16,029,37214Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$49,081-4%255-202$192$23,519,3279Warner Bros.
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$34,465-20%285-252$121$256,309,31810Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$33,901-7%326-203$104$423,273,34013Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$33,874-7%223-265$152$24,414,66716Focus
9I, Frankenstein$31,699-26%468-959$68$18,483,6244Lionsgate
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$16,262-6%261-85$62$125,151,7529Paramount
11The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,842-14%201-41$79$57,531,8098Fox
12Walking With Dinosaurs$10,789-26%248-3$44$35,483,6399Fox
13Devil's Due$8,648-5%123-176$70$15,647,7505Fox
14Grudge Match$7,692-15%291-50$26$29,690,3388Warner Bros.
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$7,651-20%181-16$42$119,452,30721Sony / Columbia
16Captain Phillips$6,423-14%135-47$48$106,885,62219Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$35,1303%9833$358$1,080,3464Roadside Attractions
2Inside Llewyn Davis$12,98616%86-43$151$12,986,14411CBS Films
3The Book Thief$8,751-16%94-41$93$21,118,63915Fox
4Hasee Toh Phasee$6,901-30%77-11$90$592,6772Reliance Entertainment
5The Legend Of Hercules$4,865-18%90-158$54$18,541,1536Lionsgate / Summit
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,67114%34-12$108$8,228,75812Weinstein Company
7Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$3,13013%62-41$50$32,459,2557Paramount
8Free Birds$2,280-6%75-34$30$55,622,92416Relativity Media
9Last Vegas$1,283122%41-19$31$63,912,44416CBS Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$924-47%15-61$62$1,357,0804Roadside Attractions
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$78923%10$789$17,4032Rialto Pictures
12All Is Lost$29922%9-3$33$6,260,16618Roadside Attractions
13At Middleton$188-9%1-6$188$53,5333Anchor Bay / Freestyle
14The Pretty One$114-50%10$114$4,9832Dada Films
15Knights of Badassdom$18-99%2-7$9$105,2804eOne Films US