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, May. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$7,672,038-66%3,952--$1,941$100,860,4221Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$2,567,675-60%3,31132$775$93,158,7752Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,521,853-69%3,991-333$381$173,691,7173Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$818,452-70%3,019--$271$11,334,1111Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$623,260-61%3,054-252$204$72,295,2764Fox
6Heaven is for Real$412,750-68%2,893-155$143$82,641,3435Sony / TriStar
7Rio 2$378,802-68%2,371-602$160$118,370,0176Fox
8Captain America: The Winter Soldier$373,678-63%2,271-430$165$250,905,9827Disney
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$198,153-68%2,578-80$77$6,762,6302Clarius Entertainment
10Moms' Night Out$175,415-59%1,0462$168$7,376,3172Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$123,336-56%630-140$196$55,601,84011Fox Searchlight
2Divergent$117,817-61%991-242$119$146,907,5599Lionsgate / Summit
3Belle$108,878-61%173128$629$1,876,6223Fox Searchlight
4God's Not Dead$88,809-59%780-220$114$59,012,9729Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Bears$61,011-49%580-663$105$16,900,7335Disneynature
6Brick Mansions$51,351-64%724-1230$71$19,661,2974Relativity Media
7The LEGO Movie$49,573-69%355-46$140$254,391,82315Warner Bros.
8The Railway Man$34,626-58%1832$189$2,784,5726Weinstein Company
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$29,812-68%319-38$93$109,332,86611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Noah$27,223-59%286-191$95$100,289,5748Paramount
11Transcendence$26,415-70%315-200$84$22,662,2555Warner Bros.
12Draft Day$24,482-75%495-325$49$28,418,0996Lionsgate / Summit
13Non-Stop (2014)$18,615-74%220-16$85$91,458,01512Universal
14300: Rise of an Empire$13,750-85%155-36$89$106,501,87811Warner Bros.
15The Quiet Ones$12,686-62%341-792$37$8,370,1494Lionsgate
16Oculus$9,451-56%140-270$68$27,440,4826Relativity Media
17A Haunted House 2$8,056-68%124-402$65$17,067,7055Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$72,035-63%7266$1,000$1,063,5972Open Road
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$32,765-8%371$886$1,866,1827Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Fed Up$26,332-56%55--$479$395,5402RADiUS-TWC
4The Immigrant$6,607-51%3--$2,202$50,6711Weinstein Company
52 States$3,383-69%32-27$106$2,225,0595UTV Motion Pictures
6Bad Words$2,561-56%8354$31$7,766,58810Focus
7The Hornet's Nest$2,499-59%1713$147$56,0252Freestyle Releasing
8Blue Ruin$1,696-37%24-37$71$240,7524RADiUS-TWC
9Son of God$891-62%46-22$19$59,682,00812Fox
10Philomena$864-39%9-4$96$37,708,58326Weinstein Company
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$655-64%8-21$82$118,5375Rialto Pictures
12Joe (2014)$400-51%10-13$40$372,2976Roadside Attractions
13The Unknown Known$103-37%3-3$34$266,9737RADiUS-TWC