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 Wed, Jun. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,524,302-19%4,26815$826$105,579,7582Fox / DreamWorks Animation
222 Jump Street$3,492,276-22%3,3060$1,056$121,507,4272Sony / Columbia
3Maleficent$1,941,335-16%3,450-173$563$191,884,9284Disney
4Think Like a Man Too$1,862,648-27%2,225--$837$36,139,7611Sony / Screen Gems
5Jersey Boys$1,604,028-17%2,905--$552$18,329,3061Warner Bros.
6The Fault in Our Stars$1,506,958-14%3,34067$451$103,392,0553Fox
7Edge of Tomorrow$1,224,439-22%3,212-293$381$77,990,4113Warner Bros.
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$831,264-20%2,681-361$310$219,411,1555Fox
9Godzilla (2014)$284,008-14%1,365-723$208$195,860,7446Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$211,845-17%1,417-996$150$40,981,8304Universal
11Neighbors (2014)$186,290-16%1,033-863$180$146,300,4357Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$248,165-5%961-141$258$17,525,2567Open Road
2Blended$147,323-23%842-739$175$42,825,7795Warner Bros.
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$91,026-8%434-248$210$199,786,4288Sony / Columbia
4Rio 2$87,129-6%310-73$281$127,622,45311Fox
5Belle$50,204-8%244-94$206$9,345,1078Fox Searchlight
6Divergent$48,002-2%289-47$166$150,301,84414Lionsgate / Summit
7The Grand Seduction$42,978-14%12420$347$1,890,0144eOne Films US
8The LEGO Movie$42,7562%31514$136$256,813,46220Warner Bros.
9The Other Woman (2014)$39,5170%231-13$171$83,204,1599Fox
10Heaven is for Real$33,117-1%201-331$165$89,907,65910Sony / TriStar
11Words and Pictures$31,1576%175-42$178$1,563,7425Roadside Attractions
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$23,690-12%179-28$132$110,913,03516Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Signal (2014)$19,717-18%20484$97$468,3332Focus
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$19,124-23%112-37$171$58,411,53116Fox Searchlight
15God's Not Dead$14,924-15%112-38$133$60,529,52114Freestyle / Pure Flix
16The Immigrant$14,454-7%110-30$131$1,900,4476Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$40,475-9%410$987$3,357,89912Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,092-23%529$175$8,415,6107Clarius Entertainment
3Fed Up$7,84025%47-9$167$1,422,8427RADiUS-TWC
4The Railway Man$7,723-3%8434$92$4,384,58611Weinstein Company
5Yves Saint Laurent$6,801--2--$3,401$6,8010Weinstein Company
6Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$6,696-5%4628$146$145,9713RADiUS-TWC
7Moms' Night Out$6,187-19%50-31$124$10,185,7997Sony / TriStar
8Brick Mansions$5,2844%60-25$88$20,300,1909Relativity Media
9Oculus$1,41931%17-14$83$27,693,04411Relativity Media
10The Hornet's Nest$339-5%30$113$306,0667Freestyle Releasing
11Blue Ruin$54-27%1-1$54$258,3389RADiUS-TWC
12The Unknown Known$25-85%2-1$13$275,91912RADiUS-TWC