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, Apr. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$6,977,05612%3,938--$1,772$108,220,3291Disney
2Noah$1,640,01431%3,5714$459$75,282,3712Paramount
3Divergent$1,025,39728%3,631-305$282$115,834,4413Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$819,27325%1,758580$466$34,032,7773Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$680,29535%1,263286$539$34,380,7325Fox Searchlight
6Muppets Most Wanted$457,21122%3,052-142$150$42,833,3903Disney
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$394,508-3%2,931-368$135$102,835,5145Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$259,16325%2,4860$104$9,324,2522Open Road
9Non-Stop (2014)$197,40535%1,724-791$115$88,447,2806Universal
10Need For Speed$191,27935%1,779-926$108$41,143,3164Disney / DreamWorks
11Bad Words$182,43933%1,074232$170$6,261,7554Focus
12300: Rise of an Empire$171,63926%1,555-1046$110$104,331,7875Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$130,7658%1,350-651$97$250,860,4289Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$89,48228%6640$135$4,757,5602Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Frozen (2013)$36,01435%321-66$112$399,001,51420Disney
3Son of God$35,83920%481-796$75$58,611,0846Fox
4Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$35,08846%425-714$83$15,718,9184Lionsgate
5Frankie & Alice$33,93324%171--$198$411,8981Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
6Gravity$29,99129%255120$118$273,658,52927Warner Bros.
7The Nut Job$29,51014%285-9$104$63,561,64812Open Road
8Ride Along$15,34018%236-124$65$133,969,46512Universal
9Philomena$15,24132%197-5$77$37,497,19220Weinstein Company
10Jinn$14,7126%201--$73$177,9851Freestyle Releasing
1112 Years a Slave$11,09044%128-100$87$56,519,79525Fox Searchlight
123 Days to Kill$8,89467%131-209$68$30,402,6397Relativity Media
13Lone Survivor$7,06526%140-25$50$125,082,36615Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,5029%130-55$42$258,317,85517Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$30,43321%37--$823$243,8761Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$12,644103%44--$287$88,3171CBS Films
3Veronica Mars$4,76637%74-136$64$3,293,3794Warner Bros.
4Dallas Buyers Club$4,57783%52-47$88$27,249,09223Focus
5August: Osage County$4,490156%42-39$107$37,705,50215Weinstein Company
6Her (2013)$4,22721%85-25$50$25,531,52716Warner Bros.
7Ernest & Celestine$4,04945%2412$169$178,6746GKIDS
8Dom Hemingway$3,11629%4--$779$44,2631Fox Searchlight
9The Players$1,20370%50--$24$8,5831Weinstein Company
10On the Other Side of the Tracks$1,09745%50--$22$7,7751Weinstein Company
11Watermark$97118%2--$486$9,5161eOne Films US
12Gloria (2014)$8999%17-19$53$2,049,99211Roadside Attractions
13Vampire Academy$280130%11-13$25$7,791,5489Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$19425%2--$97$28,5459Rialto Pictures