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, Mar. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$1,668,565-35%3,090--$540$35,132,0901Universal
2Son of God$1,261,813-30%3,260--$387$30,124,8421Fox
3The LEGO Movie$974,415-37%3,770-120$258$212,928,4724Warner Bros.
4The Monuments Men$420,698-21%3,002-62$140$66,985,0354Sony / Columbia
53 Days to Kill$392,970-23%2,8720$137$22,063,4182Relativity Media
6Pompeii$387,380-31%2,6580$146$19,108,4852Sony / TriStar
7RoboCop (2014)$343,703-29%2,885-487$119$52,421,1503Sony / Columbia
8Frozen (2013)$265,912-31%1,746-145$152$389,748,22515Disney
9About Last Night$258,454-21%1,804-449$143$44,604,3733Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$177,555-24%1,869-317$95$127,787,1957Universal
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$137,688-11%1,317--$105$126,957,87011Paramount
12Philomena$137,540-20%1,09793$125$35,050,39415Weinstein Company
13Endless Love (2014)$112,115-30%1,874-1022$60$22,582,8253Universal
14Lone Survivor$80,985-20%1,017-499$80$123,620,81110Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$142,025-17%94542$150$147,176,59912Sony / Columbia
212 Years a Slave$132,964-22%41162$324$50,789,42420Fox Searchlight
3The Wind Rises$115,173-20%496475$232$2,470,6522Disney
4The Wolf of Wall Street$99,204-18%505-122$196$114,901,64610Paramount
5Gravity$98,446-18%340-8$290$270,819,44322Warner Bros.
6Stalingrad (2014)$69,133-8%308--$224$717,8171Sony / Columbia
7The Nut Job$65,968-26%752-483$88$61,020,9387Open Road
8That Awkward Moment$63,109-35%608-600$104$25,300,4445Focus
9Dallas Buyers Club$55,800-14%21641$258$25,508,95018Focus
10Nebraska$38,085-13%28979$132$17,235,48216Paramount Vantage
11Her (2013)$32,020-16%2500$128$24,701,77411Warner Bros.
12Repentance$29,143-14%152--$192$594,1831Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$28,347-27%367-440$77$49,954,8307Paramount
14Winter's Tale$27,826-19%705-2260$39$12,404,8313Warner Bros.
15August: Osage County$27,268-7%346-179$79$37,145,38510Weinstein Company
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$18,237-36%215-51$85$257,028,99712Warner Bros. / New Line
17Gloria (2014)$17,156-5%102-8$168$1,640,4566Roadside Attractions
18The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$14,436-20%198-42$73$423,953,70015Lionsgate
19I, Frankenstein$11,539-25%169-48$68$18,890,2076Lionsgate
20The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,814-19%163-45$54$57,931,45810Fox
21Walking With Dinosaurs$7,292-33%195-19$37$35,809,52411Fox
22In Secret$6,28014%109-157$58$436,9432Roadside Attractions
23Labor Day (2013)$6,006-15%107-311$56$13,268,1515Paramount
24Vampire Academy$3,9964%111-425$36$7,736,1164Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$7,36017%73-11$101$21,299,19617Fox
2Inside Llewyn Davis$5,899-4%65-42$91$13,175,49513CBS Films
3The Legend Of Hercules$5,576-18%89-21$63$18,774,5758Lionsgate / Summit
4Highway$5,146-40%80-17$64$508,3812UTV Motion Pictures
5Devil's Due$2,742-17%48-36$57$15,782,3837Fox
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,548-31%9158$28$8,280,45514Weinstein Company
7Free Birds$2,273-21%48-8$47$55,690,08118Relativity Media
8Grudge Match$1,717-30%75-33$23$29,790,51710Warner Bros.
9Ernest & Celestine$52323%1--$523$14,5261GKIDS
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$264116%10$264$22,1274Rialto Pictures
11Hasee Toh Phasee$160-20%9-24$18$645,7944Reliance Entertainment