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 Sun, Apr. 13 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$11,847,273-23%3,948--$3,001$39,327,8691Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$11,673,765-34%3,9380$2,964$158,883,0322Disney
3Oculus$2,660,421-39%2,648--$1,005$12,005,4021Relativity Media
4Draft Day$2,408,426-37%2,781--$866$9,783,6031Lionsgate / Summit
5Noah$2,302,280-28%3,282-289$701$84,975,2423Paramount
6Divergent$1,908,665-40%3,110-521$614$124,757,4534Lionsgate / Summit
7God's Not Dead$1,801,499-16%1,860102$969$40,897,9904Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,063,681-42%1,467204$725$39,488,8006Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$724,539-27%2,261-791$320$45,752,9914Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$567,467-32%2,001-930$284$105,262,7826Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$186,690-46%762-962$245$89,454,5307Universal
2The LEGO Movie$165,729-23%610-740$272$251,560,80410Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$158,388-49%613-1166$258$42,076,5615Disney / DreamWorks
4Bad Words$148,521-44%763-311$195$7,126,3425Focus
5300: Rise of an Empire$126,335-32%525-1030$241$105,020,8906Warner Bros.
6Son of God$114,7570%905424$127$58,969,6407Fox
7Sabotage (2014)$113,079-23%751-1735$151$10,069,5693Open Road
8Frozen (2013)$101,590-45%34423$295$399,445,24821Disney
9Cesar Chavez$98,418-6%305-359$323$5,186,3303Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Nut Job$60,213-24%261-24$231$63,799,50513Open Road
11RoboCop (2014)$49,141-19%19476$253$57,545,2029Sony / Columbia
12The Monuments Men$45,252-40%265-43$171$77,256,82710Sony / Columbia
13Gravity$38,414-32%202-53$190$273,838,26928Warner Bros.
14Ride Along$38,055-41%177-59$215$134,141,53013Universal
15Frankie & Alice$34,879-38%1710$204$592,2202Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
16Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$20,105-50%135-290$149$15,850,3815Lionsgate
17Philomena$13,188-44%157-40$84$37,574,90021Weinstein Company
18The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$7,632-38%101-29$76$258,355,35418Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$43,833-12%370$1,185$449,3082Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Joe (2014)$31,249-31%48--$651$105,8811Roadside Attractions
3Dom Hemingway$18,976-37%4238$452$119,9412Fox Searchlight
4The Unknown Known$18,537-32%80--$232$152,1982RADiUS-TWC
5The Railway Man$17,237-35%4--$4,309$61,8451Weinstein Company
6Cuban Fury$14,884-39%79--$188$57,1051eOne Films US
7Pompeii$13,294-21%93-41$143$23,169,0338Sony / TriStar
812 Years a Slave$9,688-30%64-64$151$56,567,84426Fox Searchlight
9Ernest & Celestine$9,264-11%3915$238$212,1797GKIDS
103 Days to Kill$9,055-48%83-48$109$30,455,3868Relativity Media
11Dallas Buyers Club$5,033-35%33-19$153$27,272,14524Focus
12Afflicted$4,833-31%34-10$142$121,1792CBS Films
13Her (2013)$4,635-37%38-47$122$25,556,06517Warner Bros.
14Gloria (2014)$4,303-11%247$179$2,064,69712Roadside Attractions
15About Last Night$3,469-46%26-18$133$48,500,5199Sony / Screen Gems
16Veronica Mars$2,244-37%23-51$98$3,309,8315Warner Bros.
17August: Osage County$1,960-46%27-15$73$37,718,08316Weinstein Company
18Watermark$1,881-23%31$627$20,2142eOne Films US
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$187-20%1-2$187$29,39710Rialto Pictures