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 Thu, Apr. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,764,7780%3,825-113$461$208,840,2163Disney
2Heaven is for Real$1,760,730-6%2,4170$728$38,110,9161Sony / TriStar
3Rio 2$1,352,373-10%3,97527$340$82,508,4432Fox
4Transcendence$687,462-10%3,455--$199$14,366,9661Warner Bros.
5Bears$578,376-5%1,720--$336$7,546,9371Disneynature
6Draft Day$444,159-8%2,7810$160$21,377,8512Lionsgate / Summit
7Divergent$425,390-8%2,486-624$171$135,862,8915Lionsgate / Summit
8A Haunted House 2$405,414-10%2,310--$176$10,980,6561Open Road
9God's Not Dead$396,916-1%1,796-64$221$49,899,8275Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Oculus$382,457-12%2,6480$144$23,039,2862Relativity Media
11Noah$361,840-10%2,537-745$143$95,030,8714Paramount
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$326,809-6%1,280-187$255$46,343,9817Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$106,358-18%929-1097$114$48,845,0275Disney
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$64,420-15%780-797$83$107,495,5957Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32 States$44,013-17%135--$326$1,307,8621UTV Motion Pictures
4The LEGO Movie$37,246-7%340-270$110$252,442,47811Warner Bros.
5Non-Stop (2014)$30,600-6%360-280$85$90,287,5308Universal
6Frozen (2013)$25,2241%290-54$87$399,985,43922Disney
7300: Rise of an Empire$23,207-1%265-260$88$105,582,9697Warner Bros.
8Dom Hemingway$15,427-16%12987$120$370,5683Fox Searchlight
9Cesar Chavez$13,5280%117-188$116$5,439,6264Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Son of God$13,447-4%503-305$27$59,499,8408Fox
11Bad Words$13,437-16%223-540$60$7,630,5296Focus
12The Nut Job$12,25611%201-60$61$64,063,79814Open Road
13Sabotage (2014)$8,501-8%130-621$65$10,395,5534Open Road
14Gravity$8,092-4%145-57$56$274,012,74329Warner Bros.
15Make Your Move$7,792-12%142--$55$117,6331High Top Releasing
163 Days to Kill$7,2383%11027$66$30,569,1279Relativity Media
17Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$6,406-3%114-21$56$15,952,3436Lionsgate
18Philomena$6,097-1%101-56$60$37,661,04622Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$40,0187%370$1,082$959,3013Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Railway Man$15,858-3%2622$610$316,8392Weinstein Company
3Joe (2014)$8,034-12%480$167$260,0372Roadside Attractions
4The Unknown Known$7,49992%49-31$153$245,6493RADiUS-TWC
512 Years a Slave$5,28413%53-11$100$56,634,80227Fox Searchlight
6Frankie & Alice$3,0834%43-128$72$688,1143Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
7Godzilla: The Japanese Original$3,03319%1--$3,033$20,9381Rialto Pictures
8Ernest & Celestine$2,42586%31-8$78$248,9708GKIDS
9Watermark$2,044-16%96$227$52,9023eOne Films US
1013 Sins$971-13%45--$22$13,8091RADiUS-TWC
11Gloria (2014)$812-21%13-11$62$2,086,80413Roadside Attractions
12Veronica Mars$75220%15-8$50$3,322,1276Warner Bros.
13Dallas Buyers Club$746-20%14-19$53$27,292,53625Focus
14Cuban Fury$5123%8-71$64$92,3842eOne Films US
15August: Osage County$296-49%16-11$19$37,729,03317Weinstein Company
16Gabrielle (2014)$27371%1--$273$3,9121eOne Films US