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 Tue, Jun. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent$7,196,20816%3,948--$1,823$82,835,2481Disney
2X-Men: Days of Future Past$3,787,89520%4,0015$947$168,972,0042Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,864,63515%3,158--$590$20,289,8751Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$1,370,13519%3,501-451$391$176,962,8003Warner Bros.
5Neighbors (2014)$1,059,45016%2,939-327$360$130,937,3404Universal
6Blended$918,37130%3,5550$258$30,978,2412Warner Bros.
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$501,11932%2,152-1008$233$193,615,3635Sony / Columbia
8Million Dollar Arm$429,36225%2,329-690$184$28,759,1823Disney
9The Other Woman (2014)$190,34420%1,114-1040$171$81,424,7306Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$237,29415%624126$380$7,269,9354Open Road
2Belle$170,73626%52572$325$6,494,8315Fox Searchlight
3Rio 2$148,96520%983-718$152$124,594,2798Fox
4Heaven is for Real$110,35616%722-998$153$88,219,1467Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$74,64516%539-834$138$255,315,7799Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$52,85016%249-111$212$57,437,27613Fox Searchlight
7Moms' Night Out$49,97128%383-478$130$9,679,2134Sony / TriStar
8Divergent$45,68213%373-271$122$148,726,78511Lionsgate / Summit
9The LEGO Movie$38,66920%302-21$128$255,507,91817Warner Bros.
10The Railway Man$36,99837%496-104$75$4,113,4578Weinstein Company
11The Immigrant$36,25610%1503$242$1,154,6823Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$28,97631%254-32$114$110,100,83213Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$26,52064%180-494$147$8,199,9624Clarius Entertainment
14Fed Up$23,6306%1042$227$1,071,2714RADiUS-TWC
15Noah$21,08012%182-37$116$100,908,92110Paramount
16God's Not Dead$19,28417%155-90$124$59,833,00511Freestyle / Pure Flix
17Draft Day$12,70930%17328$73$28,720,8718Lionsgate / Summit
18Transcendence$7,56133%128-74$59$22,943,7467Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$76,016111%94--$809$435,8631eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$36,72833%390$942$2,457,5629Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Words and Pictures$8,063-5%133$620$234,2372Roadside Attractions
4A Haunted House 2$6,3775%74-14$86$17,276,2187Open Road
5Oculus$6,08221%83-22$73$27,614,1568Relativity Media
6The Hornet's Nest$5,2041%42-15$124$266,1934Freestyle Releasing
7The Quiet Ones$3,5625%72-20$49$8,503,0726Lionsgate
8Brick Mansions$3,45933%45-123$77$20,037,4296Relativity Media
9Heropanti$1,737114%11-5$158$59,7002UTV Motion Pictures
10The Unknown Known$7201957%1-4$720$269,9069RADiUS-TWC
11Blue Ruin$488217%61$81$250,6566RADiUS-TWC
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$28558%2--$143$47,05017Rialto Pictures