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, May. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$3,556,110-3%3,279--$1,085$65,525,2051Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,936,763-6%4,3240$448$155,366,6372Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$810,4144%3,30668$245$65,364,1933Fox
4Heaven is for Real$512,403-1%3,048118$168$77,848,5414Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$403,386-4%2,701-478$149$246,868,2466Disney
6Rio 2$311,83712%2,973-341$105$114,251,3255Fox
7Moms' Night Out$293,86432%1,044--$281$5,427,4321Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$222,9197%2,658--$84$4,607,0211Clarius Entertainment
9God's Not Dead$125,2321%1,000-330$125$58,186,3528Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Bears$124,74322%1,243-547$100$16,464,0694Disneynature
11Divergent$119,205-14%1,233-406$97$145,625,0008Lionsgate / Summit
12Brick Mansions$118,016-20%1,954-693$60$19,103,8463Relativity Media
13The Quiet Ones$33,740-33%1,133-894$30$8,196,3393Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$159,8503%770-114$208$54,436,80610Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$62,057-5%820-534$76$28,023,6195Lionsgate / Summit
3The Railway Man$47,1700%18117$261$2,444,3785Weinstein Company
4Noah$38,118-11%477-452$80$100,051,1217Paramount
5The LEGO Movie$37,6063%401181$94$253,817,65214Warner Bros.
6Transcendence$29,820-13%515-1260$58$22,355,8894Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House 2$24,196-21%526-802$46$16,967,2244Open Road
8Oculus$22,402-18%410-474$55$27,349,8705Relativity Media
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$20,7378%357-53$58$108,998,30010Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Non-Stop (2014)$16,4500%23618$70$91,171,10511Universal
11300: Rise of an Empire$9,1213%191-44$48$106,206,84610Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$52,0354%4541$1,156$827,2982Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,71237%36-1$1,353$1,690,6156Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Chef$22,7139%6--$3,786$282,8731Open Road
4Blue Ruin$7,4167%611$122$229,8163RADiUS-TWC
52 States$4,486-37%59-37$76$2,185,7274UTV Motion Pictures
6Decoding Annie Parker$3,700-11%2-11$1,850$48,3902eOne Films US
7Godzilla: The Japanese Original$3,506-58%2917$121$110,4384Rialto Pictures
83 Days to Kill$2,54611%42-22$61$30,697,99912Relativity Media
9Sabotage (2014)$2,32911%51-9$46$10,508,5187Open Road
10Son of God$1,90335%68-58$28$59,673,27411Fox
11Bad Words$1,326-9%29-11$46$7,742,9959Focus
12Joe (2014)$1,170-7%23-16$51$369,5635Roadside Attractions
13The Hornet's Nest$690-38%4--$173$30,4871Freestyle Releasing
14Philomena$61428%13-9$47$37,704,00325Weinstein Company
15Watermark$368-20%5-6$74$84,4646eOne Films US
16Gloria (2014)$287-17%7-2$41$2,107,92516Roadside Attractions
17Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2513%10$251$44,80614Rialto Pictures
18The Unknown Known$172-12%6-9$29$266,2116RADiUS-TWC