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. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Heaven is for Real$3,703,141--2,417--$1,532$3,703,1410Sony / TriStar
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$3,524,058-25%3,9380$895$170,596,7452Disney
3Rio 2$3,032,294-29%3,948--$768$49,288,0981Fox
4Oculus$870,306-24%2,648--$329$14,969,0401Relativity Media
5Draft Day$828,718-34%2,781--$298$12,734,8861Lionsgate / Summit
6Divergent$776,429-23%3,110-521$250$127,209,5934Lionsgate / Summit
7Noah$754,152-28%3,282-289$230$87,479,3233Paramount
8God's Not Dead$609,724-22%1,860102$328$42,847,1434Freestyle / Pure Flix
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$507,413-16%1,467204$346$41,009,4926Fox Searchlight
10Muppets Most Wanted$358,064-30%2,026-1026$177$46,870,3084Disney
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$261,456-32%1,577-1354$166$106,112,7776Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$68,895-25%610-740$113$251,779,67210Warner Bros.
2Non-Stop (2014)$67,240-35%640-1084$105$89,697,1457Universal
3Bad Words$56,899-40%763-311$75$7,346,4415Focus
4Need For Speed$56,266-35%558-1221$101$42,276,4805Disney / DreamWorks
5Sabotage (2014)$50,004-14%751-1735$67$10,228,2583Open Road
6300: Rise of an Empire$49,997-31%525-1030$95$105,194,6816Warner Bros.
7Son of God$46,646-17%808327$58$59,117,6757Fox
8Frozen (2013)$41,669-14%34423$121$399,571,60421Disney
9Cesar Chavez$27,440-30%305-359$90$5,281,5653Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Nut Job$27,190-2%261-24$104$63,873,70813Open Road
11Gravity$16,177-19%202-53$80$273,888,86528Warner Bros.
12Ride Along$14,160-6%177-59$80$134,185,67013Universal
13Frankie & Alice$11,407-29%1710$67$635,4402Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
14Philomena$8,726-8%157-40$56$37,599,69321Weinstein Company
15Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$6,707-28%135-290$50$15,873,3255Lionsgate
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,8226%101-29$28$258,363,10418Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$50,8409%370$1,374$573,6312Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Joe (2014)$11,697-12%48--$244$141,5291Roadside Attractions
3The Unknown Known$10,7337%80--$134$180,9962RADiUS-TWC
4Dom Hemingway$8,381-12%4238$200$145,9602Fox Searchlight
5The Railway Man$7,008-3%4--$1,752$81,6991Weinstein Company
6Cuban Fury$6,651-14%79--$84$77,3261eOne Films US
712 Years a Slave$4,686-18%64-64$73$56,581,91726Fox Searchlight
83 Days to Kill$4,505-9%83-48$54$30,468,0898Relativity Media
9Ernest & Celestine$4,46731%3915$115$222,9017GKIDS
10Gloria (2014)$4,23461%247$176$2,074,17612Roadside Attractions
11Her (2013)$2,929-4%38-47$77$25,564,63917Warner Bros.
12Dallas Buyers Club$1,941-22%33-19$59$27,278,10824Focus
13Watermark$1,096-1%31$365$22,9092eOne Films US
14Veronica Mars$910-36%23-51$40$3,313,3915Warner Bros.
15August: Osage County$781-69%27-15$29$37,722,35216Weinstein Company
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$78-42%10$78$29,65510Rialto Pictures