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 Mon, Apr. 21 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$2,679,076-43%3,97527$674$77,724,1982Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$2,595,127-55%3,825-113$678$203,096,6373Disney
3Heaven is for Real$2,487,979-61%2,417--$1,029$32,044,3931Sony / TriStar
4Transcendence$997,298-56%3,455--$289$11,883,6841Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House 2$665,378-62%2,310--$288$9,509,2531Open Road
6Bears$653,679-28%1,720--$380$5,429,9461Disneynature
7Divergent$652,360-43%2,486-624$262$134,428,8515Lionsgate / Summit
8Oculus$552,733-50%2,6480$209$21,699,0042Relativity Media
9Draft Day$522,236-57%2,7810$188$19,883,0992Lionsgate / Summit
10Noah$500,594-65%2,537-745$197$93,777,7234Paramount
11God's Not Dead$477,736-61%1,796-64$266$48,649,8115Freestyle / Pure Flix
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$345,816-55%1,280-187$270$45,310,7457Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$186,956-12%929-1332$201$48,494,7745Disney
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$117,137-18%780-1221$150$107,281,9417Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The LEGO Movie$67,493-18%340-270$199$252,326,54911Warner Bros.
42 States$62,131-78%135--$460$1,136,0291UTV Motion Pictures
5Non-Stop (2014)$39,600-54%360-402$110$90,186,7308Universal
6Frozen (2013)$29,413-45%290-54$101$399,907,38022Disney
7300: Rise of an Empire$27,187-48%265-260$103$105,508,9327Warner Bros.
8Son of God$18,810-71%503-402$37$59,455,8518Fox
9Bad Words$18,119-51%223-540$81$7,581,2076Focus
10Dom Hemingway$17,568-49%12987$136$317,5823Fox Searchlight
11The Nut Job$13,660-38%201-60$68$64,028,75314Open Road
12Sabotage (2014)$11,135-46%130-621$86$10,364,5784Open Road
13Cesar Chavez$10,827-54%117-188$93$5,402,1144Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Make Your Move$9,617-53%142--$68$90,7891High Top Releasing
153 Days to Kill$7,764-48%11027$71$30,547,1859Relativity Media
16Gravity$7,215-55%145-57$50$273,987,34729Warner Bros.
17Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$6,452-44%114-21$57$15,932,1816Lionsgate
18Philomena$4,680-28%101-56$46$37,643,60222Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$30,229-18%370$817$846,6933Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Railway Man$16,293-59%2622$627$268,6952Weinstein Company
3Joe (2014)$7,574-56%480$158$234,5252Roadside Attractions
4The Unknown Known$4,465-55%49-31$91$230,0263RADiUS-TWC
5Frankie & Alice$4,338-47%43-128$101$678,4893Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
612 Years a Slave$4,232-29%53-11$80$56,618,86527Fox Searchlight
7Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,48323%1--$2,483$13,3861Rialto Pictures
8Watermark$2,199-52%96$244$45,0603eOne Films US
9Ernest & Celestine$1,690-61%31-8$55$243,6448GKIDS
1013 Sins$1,245-49%45--$28$10,5061RADiUS-TWC
11Gloria (2014)$1,029-56%13-11$79$2,084,14713Roadside Attractions
12August: Osage County$75852%16-11$47$37,727,27017Weinstein Company
13Dallas Buyers Club$722-60%14-19$52$27,289,83825Focus
14Veronica Mars$669-37%15-8$45$3,319,7786Warner Bros.
15Cuban Fury$482-73%8-71$60$90,7922eOne Films US
16Gabrielle (2014)$158-80%1--$158$3,1821eOne Films US