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 Sun, May. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$26,028,036-11%3,996--$6,514$90,823,6601Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$10,373,356-12%3,9520$2,625$148,294,7832Warner Bros.
3Blended$4,689,232-10%3,555--$1,319$14,284,0311Warner Bros.
4Neighbors (2014)$4,587,125-11%3,266-45$1,405$113,702,5253Universal
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$2,705,768-12%3,160-831$856$184,924,5804Sony / Columbia
6Million Dollar Arm$2,445,172-10%3,0190$810$20,503,7852Disney
7The Other Woman (2014)$1,195,924-16%2,154-900$555$77,808,8295Fox
8Rio 2$908,717-11%1,701-670$534$121,565,2467Fox
9Heaven is for Real$752,236-4%1,720-1173$437$85,833,5666Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$629,949-6%1,373-898$459$253,585,7258Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$810,166-9%498426$1,627$3,554,8853Open Road
2Belle$568,205-14%453280$1,254$3,854,5594Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$253,847-12%861-185$295$8,743,3613Sony / TriStar
4Divergent$237,500-12%644-347$369$147,901,27310Lionsgate / Summit
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$225,858-15%360-270$627$56,589,49712Fox Searchlight
6The Railway Man$185,655-13%600417$309$3,443,3367Weinstein Company
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$150,877-21%674-1904$224$7,683,1053Clarius Entertainment
8The LEGO Movie$146,828-10%323-32$455$254,921,74316Warner Bros.
9The Immigrant$145,160-21%147144$987$513,1142Weinstein Company
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$101,341-13%286-33$354$109,676,48512Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11God's Not Dead$92,3499%245-535$377$59,505,63610Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Noah$83,6963%219-67$382$100,575,3999Paramount
13Fed Up$82,938-9%10247$813$704,5923RADiUS-TWC
14Brick Mansions$57,277-1%168-556$341$19,961,0515Relativity Media
15Non-Stop (2014)$45,135-26%153-67$295$91,667,11513Universal
16Transcendence$30,670-17%202-113$152$22,828,8206Warner Bros.
17Draft Day$25,423-16%145-350$175$28,570,1857Lionsgate / Summit
18Oculus$21,8501%105-35$208$27,523,8417Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$50,2652%392$1,289$2,119,6998Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$30,499-12%10--$3,050$87,8791Roadside Attractions
3The Hornet's Nest$28,2815%5740$496$148,6993Freestyle Releasing
4A Haunted House 2$28,112-4%88-36$319$17,171,9256Open Road
5The Quiet Ones$12,266-27%92-249$133$8,447,6585Lionsgate
6300: Rise of an Empire$12,036-5%71-84$170$106,563,98812Warner Bros.
7Heropanti$11,024-7%16--$689$32,8311UTV Motion Pictures
8Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,4921%4-4$623$128,0026Rialto Pictures
9Accident (2014 re-issue)$1,672-23%1--$1,672$5,7981Rialto Pictures
10Bad Words$1,080-3%21-62$51$7,777,56011Focus
112 States$1,06622%4-28$267$2,236,6296UTV Motion Pictures
12The Unknown Known$4293%52$86$268,6708RADiUS-TWC
13Blue Ruin$140-70%5-19$28$246,9035RADiUS-TWC
14Grand D├ępart$83-39%1--$83$3391Rialto Premieres