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, Apr. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$2,610,467-28%3,567--$732$53,040,7761Paramount
2Divergent$1,560,425-20%3,9360$396$99,544,6822Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$771,172-5%1,178398$655$24,063,7992Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$651,948-16%3,1940$204$35,215,5492Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$576,658-15%3,299-308$175$96,342,3274Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$365,442-23%2,486--$147$6,547,9601Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$363,259-21%2,601-484$140$102,272,2454Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$318,740-27%2,705-410$118$38,736,2793Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$301,755-17%2,515-430$120$86,059,2905Universal
10The LEGO Movie$232,465-18%2,001-500$116$248,981,7128Warner Bros.
11Son of God$95,753-13%1,277-862$75$58,154,5965Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$83,175-17%1,139-757$73$15,267,3693Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$711,709-12%977673$728$26,385,3274Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$206,315-18%842755$245$4,144,6873Focus
3Cesar Chavez$136,285-33%664--$205$3,502,8531Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Monuments Men$43,363-6%501-437$87$76,715,2678Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$35,843-7%387-682$93$398,500,96219Disney
6The Nut Job$31,248-13%294-41$106$63,200,63211Open Road
7Ride Along$25,3500%360-290$70$133,735,11011Universal
83 Days to Kill$21,481-22%340-412$63$30,301,5016Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$16,643-5%210-137$79$3,232,3733Warner Bros.
10Philomena$15,038-9%202-95$74$37,368,02319Weinstein Company
1112 Years a Slave$14,767-15%228-294$65$56,422,55824Fox Searchlight
12American Hustle$12,558-2%188-93$67$150,053,75016Sony / Columbia
13Gravity$12,106-13%135-67$90$273,351,70926Warner Bros.
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$9,964-1%185-39$54$258,236,38716Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Wolf of Wall Street$9,172-1%134-81$68$116,892,67614Paramount
16Lone Survivor$9,055-9%165-46$55$124,993,47614Universal
17Her (2013)$7,472-3%11037$68$25,481,21615Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$7,158-3%107-21$67$50,569,83311Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$5,382-11%158-53$34$424,662,17419Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dom Hemingway$5,499--4--$1,375$5,4990Fox Searchlight
2Dallas Buyers Club$5,277-18%99-79$53$27,207,91822Focus
3That Awkward Moment$4,673-20%68-25$69$26,063,4789Focus
4August: Osage County$3,986-22%81-60$49$37,684,09814Weinstein Company
5Ernest & Celestine$3,03244%125$253$136,9075GKIDS
6Gloria (2014)$3,010-12%36-14$84$2,034,53710Roadside Attractions
7Winter's Tale$2,37130%85-59$28$12,597,4337Warner Bros.
8Walking With Dinosaurs$2,23811%42-17$53$36,057,76215Fox
9Stalingrad (2014)$1,988-7%6653$30$1,010,3165Sony / Columbia
10Vampire Academy$6623%24-11$28$7,787,8308Weinstein Company
11Blood Ties$41518%5-23$83$42,2272Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$214--10$214$26,6458Rialto Pictures