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 Thu, Feb. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$2,703,1561%3,7750$716$151,710,0962Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$1,185,003-5%3,3720$351$34,200,1061Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$1,003,015-4%3,0830$325$49,944,6842Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$850,970-5%2,253--$378$30,746,2901Sony / Screen Gems
5Frozen (2013)$453,7490%2,101-359$216$379,704,33513Disney
6Endless Love (2014)$420,025-3%2,896--$145$15,841,2551Universal
7Ride Along$415,3053%2,517-168$165$118,505,8005Universal
8Winter's Tale$311,188-6%2,965--$105$9,093,9011Warner Bros.
9Lone Survivor$241,3350%2,013-467$120$119,730,9068Universal
10That Awkward Moment$214,0901%1,922-887$111$22,668,5423Focus
11The Nut Job$190,1835%1,918-1086$99$58,839,5035Open Road
12Philomena$189,541-3%1,225721$155$31,523,93613Weinstein Company
13American Hustle$179,4774%1,072-416$167$142,383,07410Sony / Columbia
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$131,985-7%1,278-861$103$48,472,6785Paramount
15Vampire Academy$115,277-6%2,6760$43$7,344,6082Weinstein Company
16August: Osage County$87,703-5%1,010-317$87$36,215,3118Weinstein Company
17Labor Day (2013)$84,9212%1,664-920$51$12,879,6413Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$155,158-2%751-416$207$111,518,6918Paramount
2Gravity$82,346-1%355-346$232$268,428,12820Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$63,5120%386-180$165$48,554,72318Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$59,5014%324-201$184$16,088,87314Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$51,2834%255-202$201$23,570,6109Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$34,8343%223-265$156$24,449,50116Focus
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$34,4260%285-252$121$256,343,74410Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$34,1761%326-203$105$423,307,51613Lionsgate
9I, Frankenstein$28,508-10%468-959$61$18,512,1324Lionsgate
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$16,6162%261-85$64$125,168,3689Paramount
11The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,275-4%201-41$76$57,547,0848Fox
12Walking With Dinosaurs$12,19913%248-3$49$35,495,8389Fox
13Grudge Match$9,94529%291-50$34$29,700,2838Warner Bros.
14Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$8,98117%181-16$50$119,461,28821Sony / Columbia
15Devil's Due$8,264-4%123-176$67$15,656,0145Fox
16Captain Phillips$7,15811%135-47$53$106,892,78019Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$30,576-13%9833$312$1,110,9224Roadside Attractions
2Inside Llewyn Davis$12,9290%86-43$150$12,999,07311CBS Films
3The Book Thief$9,1535%94-41$97$21,127,79215Fox
4Knights of Badassdom$8,25145739%2-7$4,126$113,5314eOne Films US
5Hasee Toh Phasee$5,002-28%77-11$65$597,6792Reliance Entertainment
6The Legend Of Hercules$4,760-2%90-158$53$18,545,9136Lionsgate / Summit
7Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,73129%34-12$139$8,233,48912Weinstein Company
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$3,1170%62-41$50$32,462,3727Paramount
9Free Birds$2,94629%75-34$39$55,625,87016Relativity Media
10Last Vegas$1,72334%41-19$42$63,914,16716CBS Films
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,09539%10$1,095$18,4982Rialto Pictures
12Gimme Shelter (2014)$496-46%15-61$33$1,357,5764Roadside Attractions
13All Is Lost$45954%9-3$51$6,260,62518Roadside Attractions
14At Middleton$30462%1-6$304$53,8373Anchor Bay / Freestyle
15The Pretty One$20782%10$207$5,1902Dada Films