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. 29 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$4,968,474-13%3,996--$1,243$129,469,1031Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$1,847,225-12%3,9520$467$162,431,5572Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$1,144,690-15%3,266-45$350$120,885,7203Universal
4Blended$992,012-10%3,555--$279$21,206,5361Warner Bros.
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$531,316-9%3,160-831$168$188,957,2974Sony / Columbia
6Million Dollar Arm$522,194-4%3,0190$173$24,396,6092Disney
7The Other Woman (2014)$301,878-18%2,154-900$140$79,687,1485Fox
8Rio 2$237,5786%1,701-670$140$123,204,5047Fox
9Heaven is for Real$196,021-4%1,720-1173$114$87,212,4756Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$129,645-11%1,373-898$94$254,549,2848Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$207,332-10%498426$416$4,914,8823Open Road
2Belle$180,164-3%453280$398$4,929,9334Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$100,4985%861-185$117$9,297,1763Sony / TriStar
4Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$71,24115%674-1904$106$8,060,1443Clarius Entertainment
5The Railway Man$62,029-14%600417$103$3,831,5297Weinstein Company
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$60,458-13%360-270$168$56,964,01912Fox Searchlight
7Divergent$59,532-16%644-347$92$148,313,42210Lionsgate / Summit
8The Immigrant$41,932-11%147144$285$773,5712Weinstein Company
9The LEGO Movie$37,94515%323-32$117$255,160,51116Warner Bros.
10God's Not Dead$30,3957%245-535$124$59,678,49910Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Fed Up$30,294-9%10247$297$861,3293RADiUS-TWC
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$29,11725%286-33$102$109,850,35512Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Noah$24,129-2%219-67$110$100,718,2309Paramount
14Non-Stop (2014)$14,6101%153-67$95$91,742,16013Universal
15Transcendence$10,4826%202-113$52$22,882,3106Warner Bros.
16Oculus$8,1712%105-35$78$27,564,4727Relativity Media
17Brick Mansions$7,754-21%168-556$46$20,010,5405Relativity Media
18Draft Day$6,677-6%145-350$46$28,613,3467Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Electric Sky$37,116--9--$4,124$37,1160Focus
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,035-7%392$950$2,277,9908Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Hornet's Nest$8,2714%5740$145$205,1873Freestyle Releasing
4Words and Pictures$8,050-10%10--$805$139,4791Roadside Attractions
5A Haunted House 2$7,612-7%88-36$87$17,215,2716Open Road
6300: Rise of an Empire$3,89929%71-84$55$106,580,05112Warner Bros.
7The Quiet Ones$3,557-11%92-249$39$8,468,9775Lionsgate
8Accident (2014 re-issue)$2,52361%1--$2,523$12,7221Rialto Pictures
9Heropanti$2,205-20%16--$138$48,6961UTV Motion Pictures
10Bad Words$45128%21-62$21$7,779,61411Focus
112 States$41453%4-28$104$2,238,1756UTV Motion Pictures
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$374-88%4-4$94$132,0106Rialto Pictures
13Blue Ruin$27817%5-19$56$248,0785RADiUS-TWC
14The Unknown Known$90-13%52$18$268,9748RADiUS-TWC
15Grand D├ępart$767%1--$76$6771Rialto Premieres