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 Fri, Jun. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$26,062,046--3,173--$8,214$26,062,0461Fox
2Edge of Tomorrow$10,605,165--3,490--$3,039$10,605,1651Warner Bros.
3Maleficent$10,189,87089%3,9480$2,581$104,036,8382Disney
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$4,510,01773%3,639-362$1,239$178,911,2833Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$2,260,79077%3,1602$715$25,250,7602Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$1,781,42876%3,110-391$573$180,874,4344Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$1,645,835115%2,674-265$615$134,246,3305Universal
8Blended$1,282,32079%2,928-627$438$33,741,2643Warner Bros.
9Chef$720,232191%1,298674$555$8,481,9275Open Road
10Million Dollar Arm$616,39568%1,643-686$375$30,141,4254Disney
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$549,11148%1,481-671$371$194,937,5076Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$225,71445%702-281$322$125,135,2799Fox
2Belle$221,02440%476-49$464$7,035,2916Fox Searchlight
3The Other Woman (2014)$156,61620%489-625$320$81,882,4357Fox
4Heaven is for Real$112,92322%446-276$253$88,525,5688Sony / TriStar
5Holiday (2014)$110,582--144--$768$110,5821Reliance Entertainment
6The LEGO Movie$86,545107%274-28$316$255,676,88518Warner Bros.
7The Grand Seduction$86,49572%10713$808$624,1092eOne Films US
8Divergent$77,97187%298-75$262$148,889,49512Lionsgate / Summit
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$67,95143%185-64$367$57,602,39414Fox Searchlight
10Moms' Night Out$52,49525%292-91$180$9,811,1415Sony / TriStar
11The Immigrant$51,90347%145-5$358$1,281,5324Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$50,76254%224-30$227$110,212,84314Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13God's Not Dead$49,154137%20045$246$59,921,83412Freestyle / Pure Flix
14Noah$23,93717%136-46$176$100,974,19511Paramount
15The Railway Man$15,587-51%177-319$88$4,194,3949Weinstein Company
16Draft Day$14,39827%113-60$127$28,757,6979Lionsgate / Summit
17Transcendence$7,75816%105-23$74$22,964,8528Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Words and Pictures$79,897691%9885$815$333,9613Roadside Attractions
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$47,24215%390$1,211$2,583,05010Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Fed Up$23,255-21%88-16$264$1,148,6355RADiUS-TWC
4Brick Mansions$21,546671%9954$218$20,064,5357Relativity Media
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$10,927-46%84-96$130$8,253,1895Clarius Entertainment
6Filmistaan$9,505--24--$396$9,5051UTV Motion Pictures
7A Haunted House 2$6,8897%44-30$157$17,295,4288Open Road
8Oculus$5,9378%47-36$126$27,631,1019Relativity Media
9The Hornet's Nest$3,616-19%16-26$226$279,4675Freestyle Releasing
10Blue Ruin$70063%3-3$233$252,0107RADiUS-TWC
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$133-81%2-2$67$135,9538Rialto Pictures
12The Unknown Known$128--32$43$270,03410RADiUS-TWC
13Heropanti$53-94%3-8$18$62,0873UTV Motion Pictures