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, Jun. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$6,830,926-48%3,306--$2,066$63,902,3711Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$5,056,288-63%4,253--$1,189$54,507,6101Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Fault in Our Stars$2,307,777-14%3,273100$705$83,074,9772Fox
4Maleficent$2,269,929-58%3,623-325$627$165,291,4583Disney
5Edge of Tomorrow$1,672,018-71%3,50515$477$58,673,7162Warner Bros.
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,033,521-69%3,042-597$340$207,290,1314Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$383,462-69%2,088-1022$184$191,840,6565Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$363,155-66%2,413-747$150$37,470,1753Universal
9Neighbors (2014)$302,425-49%1,896-778$160$143,324,6406Universal
10Chef$225,282-65%1,102-196$204$14,213,2616Open Road
11Blended$206,492-59%1,581-1347$131$40,593,8294Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$117,865-60%682-799$173$198,504,0867Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$81,689-74%577-1066$142$33,552,9915Disney
3Belle$62,301-56%338-138$184$8,631,9257Fox Searchlight
4Divergent$60,469-46%33638$180$149,681,74413Lionsgate / Summit
5Rio 2$58,512-51%383-319$153$126,725,18210Fox
6Heaven is for Real$48,007-57%53286$90$89,450,4399Sony / TriStar
7The LEGO Movie$43,448-45%30127$144$256,373,71919Warner Bros.
8Words and Pictures$41,315-61%217119$190$1,107,3994Roadside Attractions
9The Grand Seduction$32,575-57%104-3$313$1,312,6633eOne Films US
10The Other Woman (2014)$29,822-42%244-245$122$82,762,9888Fox
11The Signal (2014)$23,003-55%120--$192$178,6451Focus
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$21,322-63%149-36$143$58,131,13515Fox Searchlight
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$20,415-49%207-17$99$110,643,02215Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14God's Not Dead$18,490-56%150-50$123$60,319,48413Freestyle / Pure Flix
15The Immigrant$15,630-60%140-5$112$1,702,5265Weinstein Company
16Noah$7,802-67%103-33$76$101,171,40912Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$36,239-7%412$884$2,990,61511Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Fed Up$10,003-24%56-32$179$1,337,3926RADiUS-TWC
3Brick Mansions$7,263-59%85-14$85$20,229,4658Relativity Media
4Moms' Night Out$7,070-38%81-211$87$10,086,9646Sony / TriStar
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,490-13%43-41$81$8,336,8636Clarius Entertainment
6Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$3,474-57%18--$193$65,9212RADiUS-TWC
7The Railway Man$3,165-48%50-127$63$4,310,15810Weinstein Company
8Oculus$2,104-37%31-16$68$27,676,24910Relativity Media
9Transcendence$1,970-57%58-47$34$23,016,4749Warner Bros.
10Draft Day$1,832-65%53-60$35$28,832,97710Lionsgate / Summit
11The Hornet's Nest$551-64%3-13$184$299,4786Freestyle Releasing
12Filmistaan$395-71%8-16$49$44,7022UTV Motion Pictures
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$301-42%1--$301$14,6164Rialto Pictures
14Blue Ruin$183144%2-1$92$257,0898RADiUS-TWC
15The Unknown Known$15260%30$51$273,75511RADiUS-TWC
16Heropanti$36-78%1-2$36$63,0874UTV Motion Pictures