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 Sat, Mar. 29 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$17,603,39016%3,567--$4,935$32,786,6241Paramount
2Divergent$11,549,08242%3,9360$2,934$88,438,2222Lionsgate / Summit
3Muppets Most Wanted$5,343,672103%3,1940$1,673$29,811,8412Disney
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$4,299,01995%3,299-308$1,303$91,916,6594Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5God's Not Dead$3,633,84454%1,178398$3,085$18,939,6722Freestyle / Pure Flix
6Sabotage (2014)$2,079,13313%2,486--$836$3,911,2001Open Road
7Need For Speed$1,942,89663%2,705-410$718$36,555,7063Disney / DreamWorks
8Non-Stop (2014)$1,911,56563%2,515-430$760$84,161,1705Universal
9300: Rise of an Empire$1,893,10161%2,601-484$728$99,916,5584Warner Bros.
10The LEGO Movie$1,424,27497%2,001-500$712$247,345,9028Warner Bros.
11Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$540,45869%1,139-757$475$14,737,6913Lionsgate
12Son of God$444,36870%1,277-862$348$57,496,2115Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,907,00762%977673$3,999$21,944,2154Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$1,149,78750%842755$1,366$2,834,4353Focus
3Cesar Chavez$977,688-5%664--$1,472$2,007,2331Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Monuments Men$207,48067%501-437$414$76,491,3478Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$156,44198%387-682$404$398,289,35519Disney
6Ride Along$152,92557%360-290$425$133,590,99511Universal
7The Nut Job$145,23375%294-41$494$63,022,13411Open Road
83 Days to Kill$100,75762%340-412$296$30,185,4096Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$68,91239%210-137$328$3,142,7993Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$62,45665%228-294$274$56,344,54924Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$56,33562%135-67$417$273,281,86226Warner Bros.
12American Hustle$52,18662%188-93$278$149,994,13916Sony / Columbia
13Philomena$49,55573%202-95$245$37,297,25819Weinstein Company
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$47,90366%185-39$259$258,179,38416Warner Bros. / New Line
15RoboCop (2014)$45,05179%168-160$268$57,252,4887Sony / Columbia
16Lone Survivor$42,07565%165-46$255$124,942,20114Universal
17Pompeii$41,53457%162-39$256$22,945,6356Sony / TriStar
18The Wolf of Wall Street$41,10259%134-81$307$116,846,91114Paramount
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$34,00634%107-21$318$50,532,92111Paramount
20The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$28,71458%158-53$182$424,628,98619Lionsgate
21Her (2013)$20,45139%11037$186$25,445,95115Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1About Last Night$35,08056%91-123$385$48,402,8557Sony / Screen Gems
2Dallas Buyers Club$28,07977%99-79$284$27,179,11922Focus
3That Awkward Moment$19,04129%68-25$280$26,040,7729Focus
4August: Osage County$14,17747%81-60$175$37,663,12814Weinstein Company
5Ernest & Celestine$13,682124%125$1,140$117,8415GKIDS
6Gloria (2014)$9,17166%36-14$255$2,019,42410Roadside Attractions
7Walking With Dinosaurs$7,76473%42-17$185$36,045,51815Fox
8Winter's Tale$5,46737%85-59$64$12,588,3827Warner Bros.
9Stalingrad (2014)$4,35953%6653$66$1,000,1085Sony / Columbia
10Vampire Academy$3,08875%24-11$129$7,784,4628Weinstein Company
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$702378%21$351$25,8558Rialto Pictures
12Blood Ties$64939%5-23$130$40,4732Roadside Attractions