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, Apr. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$34,666,864-6%3,938--$8,803$71,593,0561Disney
2Noah$7,237,55148%3,5714$2,027$67,456,8822Paramount
3Divergent$5,742,39538%3,631-305$1,581$110,939,4043Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$2,999,67035%1,758580$1,706$30,015,6653Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Muppets Most Wanted$2,855,72288%3,052-142$936$40,234,1883Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$2,679,81946%1,263286$2,122$31,601,7185Fox Searchlight
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,354,34881%2,931-368$803$100,554,7455Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$822,29343%2,4860$331$8,254,0442Open Road
9Need For Speed$821,60352%1,779-926$462$40,367,2594Disney / DreamWorks
10Non-Stop (2014)$818,90048%1,724-791$475$87,681,7406Universal
11Bad Words$707,04440%1,074232$658$5,540,7804Focus
12300: Rise of an Empire$631,38647%1,555-1046$406$103,619,8345Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$629,79575%1,350-651$467$250,196,1899Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$370,72639%6640$558$4,272,6382Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Frozen (2013)$194,56373%321-66$606$398,846,04920Disney
3Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$153,82171%425-714$362$15,579,0284Lionsgate
4Frankie & Alice$145,96126%171--$854$261,5851Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
5The Nut Job$127,07392%285-9$446$63,426,01912Open Road
6Son of God$119,64957%481-796$249$58,435,3036Fox
7Gravity$101,45641%255120$398$273,536,67427Warner Bros.
8The Monuments Men$99,28749%308-193$322$76,922,3429Sony / Columbia
9Ride Along$85,07060%236-124$360$133,895,09012Universal
10Jinn$56,9745%201--$283$111,3451Freestyle Releasing
11Philomena$37,10248%197-5$188$37,446,02920Weinstein Company
123 Days to Kill$30,53846%131-209$233$30,372,6727Relativity Media
1312 Years a Slave$30,20564%128-100$236$56,483,64125Fox Searchlight
14Lone Survivor$30,05053%140-25$215$125,052,26115Universal
15Pompeii$29,81052%134-28$222$23,069,5077Sony / TriStar
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$25,65246%130-55$197$258,289,80617Warner Bros. / New Line
17American Hustle$24,40853%119-69$205$150,105,37217Sony / Columbia
18RoboCop (2014)$23,18751%118-50$197$57,356,2518Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$71,59525%37--$1,935$128,9211Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$30,59238%44--$695$52,7821CBS Films
3Veronica Mars$15,57031%74-136$210$3,276,0754Warner Bros.
4Her (2013)$14,72652%85-25$173$25,515,81816Warner Bros.
5Ernest & Celestine$13,57598%2412$566$160,7346GKIDS
6Dallas Buyers Club$13,21357%52-47$254$27,234,82323Focus
7Dom Hemingway$13,08841%4--$3,272$31,8301Fox Searchlight
8About Last Night$12,14754%44-47$276$48,466,8298Sony / Screen Gems
9August: Osage County$5,90096%42-39$140$37,696,23915Weinstein Company
10Gloria (2014)$4,96488%17-19$292$2,045,04611Roadside Attractions
11The Players$2,98780%50--$60$4,6511Weinstein Company
12Watermark$2,830-18%2--$1,415$6,2871eOne Films US
13On the Other Side of the Tracks$2,39949%50--$48$4,0121Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,1701481%31$390$27,8899Rialto Pictures
15Vampire Academy$1,07236%11-13$97$7,790,4119Weinstein Company
16Stalingrad (2014)$55429%10-56$55$1,013,3516Sony / Columbia