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. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Heaven is for Real$2,435,665-2%2,417--$1,008$34,480,0581Sony / TriStar
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$2,205,248-15%3,825-113$577$205,301,8853Disney
3Rio 2$1,925,558-28%3,97527$484$79,649,7562Fox
4Transcendence$1,032,4084%3,455--$299$12,916,0921Warner Bros.
5Bears$931,06842%1,720--$541$6,361,0141Disneynature
6A Haunted House 2$615,226-8%2,310--$266$10,124,4791Open Road
7Draft Day$568,5529%2,7810$204$20,451,6512Lionsgate / Summit
8Divergent$547,802-16%2,486-624$220$134,976,6535Lionsgate / Summit
9Oculus$524,385-5%2,6480$198$22,223,3892Relativity Media
10Noah$491,137-2%2,537-745$194$94,268,8604Paramount
11God's Not Dead$450,796-6%1,796-64$251$49,100,6075Freestyle / Pure Flix
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$360,3504%1,280-187$282$45,671,0957Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$114,767-39%929-1332$124$48,609,5415Disney
22 States$74,76920%135--$554$1,210,7981UTV Motion Pictures
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$73,601-37%780-1221$94$107,355,5427Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The LEGO Movie$38,843-42%340-270$114$252,365,39211Warner Bros.
5Non-Stop (2014)$37,800-5%360-402$105$90,224,5308Universal
6Frozen (2013)$27,947-5%290-54$96$399,935,32722Disney
7300: Rise of an Empire$27,3281%265-260$103$105,536,2607Warner Bros.
8Bad Words$19,7979%223-540$89$7,601,0046Focus
9Dom Hemingway$19,1639%12987$149$336,7453Fox Searchlight
10Son of God$16,479-12%503-402$33$59,472,3308Fox
11Sabotage (2014)$13,22619%130-621$102$10,377,8044Open Road
12The Nut Job$11,747-14%201-60$58$64,040,50014Open Road
13Cesar Chavez$10,432-4%117-188$89$5,412,5464Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Make Your Move$10,1716%142--$72$100,9601High Top Releasing
15Gravity$8,87423%145-57$61$273,996,22129Warner Bros.
163 Days to Kill$7,690-1%11027$70$30,554,8759Relativity Media
17Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$7,13711%114-21$63$15,939,3186Lionsgate
18Philomena$5,17611%101-56$51$37,648,77822Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$35,36317%370$956$882,0563Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Railway Man$15,962-2%2622$614$284,6572Weinstein Company
3Joe (2014)$8,32310%480$173$242,8482Roadside Attractions
412 Years a Slave$5,99542%53-11$113$56,624,86027Fox Searchlight
5The Unknown Known$4,227-5%49-31$86$234,2533RADiUS-TWC
6Frankie & Alice$3,579-17%43-128$83$682,0683Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
7Watermark$3,36553%96$374$48,4253eOne Films US
8Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,969-21%1--$1,969$15,3551Rialto Pictures
9Ernest & Celestine$1,599-5%31-8$52$245,2438GKIDS
1013 Sins$1,218-2%45--$27$11,7241RADiUS-TWC
11Dallas Buyers Club$1,02242%14-19$73$27,290,86025Focus
12Veronica Mars$97045%15-8$65$3,320,7486Warner Bros.
13August: Osage County$88717%16-11$55$37,728,15717Weinstein Company
14Gloria (2014)$821-20%13-11$63$2,084,96813Roadside Attractions
15Cuban Fury$58521%8-71$73$91,3772eOne Films US
16Gabrielle (2014)$29788%1--$297$3,4791eOne Films US