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 Tue, Mar. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$2,563,94027%3,090--$830$33,463,5251Universal
2Son of God$1,790,14922%3,260--$549$28,863,0291Fox
3The LEGO Movie$1,547,12222%3,770-120$410$211,954,0574Warner Bros.
4Pompeii$557,57541%2,6580$210$18,721,1052Sony / TriStar
5The Monuments Men$529,46332%3,002-62$176$66,564,3374Sony / Columbia
63 Days to Kill$508,06424%2,8720$177$21,670,4482Relativity Media
7RoboCop (2014)$480,88828%2,885-487$167$52,077,4473Sony / Columbia
8Frozen (2013)$387,23214%1,746-145$222$389,482,31315Disney
9About Last Night$326,66315%1,804-449$181$44,345,9193Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$233,6259%1,869-317$125$127,609,6407Universal
11Philomena$171,27732%1,09793$156$34,912,85415Weinstein Company
12Endless Love (2014)$159,29031%1,874-1022$85$22,470,7103Universal
13Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$154,47912%1,317--$117$126,820,18211Paramount
14Lone Survivor$101,5955%1,017-499$100$123,539,82610Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$170,27511%94542$180$147,034,57412Sony / Columbia
212 Years a Slave$169,38312%41162$412$50,656,46020Fox Searchlight
3The Wind Rises$144,30125%496475$291$2,355,4792Disney
4The Wolf of Wall Street$120,5678%505-122$239$114,802,44210Paramount
5Gravity$120,050-2%340-8$353$270,720,99722Warner Bros.
6That Awkward Moment$97,18065%608-600$160$25,237,3355Focus
7The Nut Job$89,14621%752-483$119$60,954,9707Open Road
8Stalingrad (2014)$75,20620%308--$244$648,7381Sony / Columbia
9Dallas Buyers Club$64,5392%21641$299$25,453,15018Focus
10Nebraska$43,86426%28979$152$17,197,39716Paramount Vantage
11Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$38,71655%367-440$105$49,926,4837Paramount
12Her (2013)$38,2003%2500$153$24,669,75411Warner Bros.
13Winter's Tale$34,35421%705-2260$49$12,377,0053Warner Bros.
14Repentance$33,90414%152--$223$565,0401Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
15August: Osage County$29,21630%346-179$84$37,118,11710Weinstein Company
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$28,46935%215-51$132$257,010,76012Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$17,98414%198-42$91$423,939,26415Lionsgate
18Gloria (2014)$17,97120%102-8$176$1,623,3006Roadside Attractions
19I, Frankenstein$15,44321%169-48$91$18,878,6686Lionsgate
20The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$10,9238%163-45$67$57,922,64410Fox
21Walking With Dinosaurs$10,89648%195-19$56$35,802,23211Fox
22Labor Day (2013)$7,08856%107-311$66$13,262,1455Paramount
23In Secret$5,50514%109-157$51$430,6632Roadside Attractions
24Vampire Academy$3,83210%111-425$35$7,732,1204Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Highway$8,531107%80-17$107$503,2352UTV Motion Pictures
2The Legend Of Hercules$6,762-7%89-21$76$18,768,9998Lionsgate / Summit
3The Book Thief$6,296-22%73-11$86$21,291,83617Fox
4Inside Llewyn Davis$6,14242%65-42$94$13,169,59613CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,67323%9158$40$8,277,90714Weinstein Company
6Devil's Due$3,29912%48-36$69$15,779,6417Fox
7Free Birds$2,88320%48-8$60$55,687,80818Relativity Media
8Grudge Match$2,4436%75-33$33$29,788,80010Warner Bros.
9Ernest & Celestine$425-15%1--$425$14,0031GKIDS
10Hasee Toh Phasee$201-35%9-24$22$645,6344Reliance Entertainment
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$122-33%10$122$21,8634Rialto Pictures