'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 Fri, Feb. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$10,057,535--3,090--$3,255$10,057,5351Universal
2Son of God$9,457,989--3,260--$2,901$9,457,9891Fox
3The LEGO Movie$4,411,910250%3,770-120$1,170$192,721,9944Warner Bros.
43 Days to Kill$1,454,37698%2,8720$506$17,255,2592Relativity Media
5The Monuments Men$1,445,953102%3,002-62$482$62,138,9264Sony / Columbia
6Pompeii$1,210,63091%2,6580$455$14,646,3142Sony / TriStar
7RoboCop (2014)$1,147,77192%2,885-487$398$47,859,2153Sony / Columbia
8About Last Night$1,037,556128%1,804-449$575$41,388,9043Sony / Screen Gems
9Ride Along$869,085279%1,869-317$465$124,992,4857Universal
10Frozen (2013)$718,026163%1,746-145$411$385,843,16915Disney
11Endless Love (2014)$570,965182%1,874-1022$305$21,233,7953Universal
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$420,409--1,317--$319$125,588,77711Paramount
13Philomena$341,80385%1,09793$312$33,746,47115Weinstein Company
14Lone Survivor$284,52588%1,017-499$280$122,599,49110Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$503,947164%94542$533$145,292,37712Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$467,1491238%496475$942$1,045,7422Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$328,078135%505-122$650$113,677,13010Paramount
412 Years a Slave$223,422179%41162$544$49,583,78720Fox Searchlight
5Gravity$215,240146%340-8$633$269,804,77122Warner Bros.
6That Awkward Moment$201,14098%608-600$331$24,724,0135Focus
7Repentance$170,140--152--$1,119$170,1401Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
8Stalingrad (2014)$144,420--308--$469$144,4201Sony / Columbia
9Her (2013)$116,374136%2500$465$24,289,66911Warner Bros.
10Dallas Buyers Club$112,140145%21641$519$25,003,07318Focus
11Nebraska$110,795110%28979$383$16,839,00316Paramount Vantage
12The Nut Job$107,21390%752-483$143$60,237,8577Open Road
13Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$83,00312%367-440$226$49,673,7797Paramount
14Winter's Tale$76,620-59%705-2260$109$12,146,7703Warner Bros.
15August: Osage County$66,65814%346-179$193$36,893,70910Weinstein Company
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$52,75181%215-51$245$256,800,86312Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$49,403101%198-42$250$423,768,82715Lionsgate
18Gloria (2014)$41,43659%102-8$406$1,485,4936Roadside Attractions
19The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$35,103117%163-45$215$57,817,32910Fox
20I, Frankenstein$32,510178%169-48$192$18,750,7126Lionsgate
21Walking With Dinosaurs$23,226180%195-19$119$35,689,08211Fox
22Labor Day (2013)$15,531-33%107-311$145$13,218,2775Paramount
23Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$13,025--163-18$80$119,578,81023Sony / Columbia
24In Secret$12,768-49%109-157$117$390,3222Roadside Attractions
25Vampire Academy$10,959-45%111-425$99$7,696,4044Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Highway$29,648147%80-17$371$425,4792UTV Motion Pictures
2The Legend Of Hercules$17,29389%89-21$194$18,702,1208Lionsgate / Summit
3The Book Thief$16,56583%73-11$227$21,241,92817Fox
4Captain Phillips$11,079--96-93$115$107,001,99821Sony / Columbia
5Inside Llewyn Davis$10,776-12%65-42$166$13,129,93913CBS Films
6Devil's Due$8,10766%48-36$169$15,751,8487Fox
7Grudge Match$6,58067%75-33$88$29,769,41410Warner Bros.
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,308191%9158$58$8,258,45114Weinstein Company
9Free Birds$3,993196%48-8$83$55,660,93518Relativity Media
10Ernest & Celestine$2,319--1--$2,319$2,3191GKIDS
11Hasee Toh Phasee$1,4687%9-24$163$642,6094Reliance Entertainment
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$154-25%10$154$21,1394Rialto Pictures