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. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$1,909,909-67%3,205--$596$26,673,6611Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,067,512-76%3,620-205$295$226,126,7534Disney
3Heaven is for Real$1,010,819-77%2,705288$374$53,472,9872Sony / TriStar
4Brick Mansions$637,212-73%2,647--$241$10,154,0671Relativity Media
5Rio 2$573,849-87%3,703-272$155$96,963,7493Fox
6Transcendence$381,441-67%3,4550$110$19,013,5832Warner Bros.
7Bears$255,637-76%1,7200$149$11,537,1622Disneynature
8God's Not Dead$248,520-72%1,600-196$155$52,954,1806Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Divergent$231,385-75%2,066-420$112$139,753,2426Lionsgate / Summit
10The Quiet Ones$221,237-71%2,027--$109$4,101,2901Lionsgate
11A Haunted House 2$220,453-74%2,3100$95$14,403,7882Open Road
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$211,084-67%1,021-259$207$49,014,2368Fox Searchlight
13Draft Day$205,948-71%2,080-701$99$24,367,0073Lionsgate / Summit
14Noah$196,224-72%1,604-933$122$97,510,7765Paramount
15Oculus$188,740-65%1,881-767$100$25,412,0413Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$51,383-67%156130$329$946,6743Weinstein Company
2300: Rise of an Empire$25,674-63%32560$79$105,840,2068Warner Bros.
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$24,286-84%468-312$52$108,072,1648Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The LEGO Movie$21,345-79%303-37$70$252,819,78612Warner Bros.
52 States$20,754-82%1372$151$1,763,2032UTV Motion Pictures
6Non-Stop (2014)$16,505-67%252-108$65$90,507,2109Universal
7Frozen (2013)$12,164-80%227-63$54$400,187,56523Disney
8Dom Hemingway$8,155-55%119-10$69$443,3424Fox Searchlight
9Son of God$6,970-71%211-292$33$59,576,8989Fox
10Bad Words$5,547-52%114-109$49$7,684,4157Focus
11The Nut Job$5,270-84%160-41$33$64,170,71415Open Road
12Gravity$2,851-73%105-40$27$274,054,96130Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$16,827-55%370$455$1,117,6024Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cesar Chavez$5,546-51%45-72$123$5,488,0925Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Sabotage (2014)$4,177-61%75-55$56$10,435,9455Open Road
43 Days to Kill$3,943-66%85-25$46$30,614,78710Relativity Media
5Joe (2014)$3,676-67%41-7$90$302,0283Roadside Attractions
6Philomena$1,374-65%33-68$42$37,677,07423Weinstein Company
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,328-71%87-27$15$15,969,4527Lionsgate
8The Unknown Known$1,164-55%22-27$53$255,2324RADiUS-TWC
9Watermark$998-68%167$62$65,2644eOne Films US
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$885-18%2--$443$34,91812Rialto Pictures
11Ernest & Celestine$836-77%20-11$42$259,7969GKIDS
12Make Your Move$695-43%40-102$17$122,9882High Top Releasing
13Frankie & Alice$588-57%24-19$25$693,7694Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
14Dallas Buyers Club$423-53%12-2$35$27,296,93726Focus
15August: Osage County$260-80%7-9$37$37,734,73318Weinstein Company
16Gloria (2014)$258-85%9-4$29$2,093,16714Roadside Attractions
17Godzilla: The Japanese Original$228-10%10$228$22,1022Rialto Pictures