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, Jul. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$4,770,186-59%4,2330$1,127$180,166,1402Paramount
2Tammy$2,779,421-57%3,465--$802$36,086,0101Warner Bros. / New Line
322 Jump Street$1,549,320-50%3,324-102$466$160,818,9454Sony / Columbia
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,445,085-47%3,297-453$438$141,660,5374Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,425,239-54%3,049--$467$16,677,5621Sony / Screen Gems
6Earth to Echo$1,291,843-49%3,230--$400$14,859,4001Relativity Media
7Maleficent$951,353-50%2,389-684$398$214,871,0176Disney
8Think Like a Man Too$603,494-58%1,729-496$349$57,776,3233Sony / Screen Gems
9Jersey Boys$586,087-59%2,630-275$223$37,277,0273Warner Bros.
10The Fault in Our Stars$557,061-35%1,865-980$299$116,475,7035Fox
11Edge of Tomorrow$478,114-56%1,538-997$311$91,365,6045Warner Bros.
12America (2014)$356,055-55%1,1051102$322$4,418,7762Lionsgate
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$276,624-52%1,044-970$265$227,389,7537Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$190,307-61%686-115$277$22,247,7379Open Road
2Begin Again$133,367-61%175170$762$1,928,1992Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$132,555-59%250242$530$1,642,0002RADiUS-TWC
4Rio 2$74,635-39%311-11$240$128,947,44913Fox
5Neighbors (2014)$59,960-53%315-195$190$148,099,0159Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$52,589-58%352-398$149$197,955,3118Warner Bros.
7Blended$43,735-50%305-170$143$44,223,9537Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$34,155-54%227-256$150$42,298,8606Universal
9Divergent$27,782-40%184-26$151$150,859,98516Lionsgate / Summit
10Belle$25,668-52%123-52$209$10,024,12510Fox Searchlight
11The LEGO Movie$16,228-23%240-95$68$257,202,39322Warner Bros.
12The Other Woman (2014)$15,749-50%142-53$111$83,618,46411Fox
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$10,168-34%111-30$92$111,151,23218Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$40,833-9%410$996$3,932,83714Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$23,836-49%91-28$262$2,498,1576eOne Films US
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$14,005-54%72-18$195$58,736,69818Fox Searchlight
4Words and Pictures$10,250-65%61-44$168$1,903,4107Roadside Attractions
5Yves Saint Laurent$7,044-55%108$704$108,7462Weinstein Company
6God's Not Dead$5,748-51%60-30$96$60,690,12716Freestyle / Pure Flix
7Fed Up$1,465-49%18-14$81$1,489,6049RADiUS-TWC
8The Railway Man$1,463-13%14-24$105$4,426,76813Weinstein Company
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,317-60%232$57$8,450,4829Clarius Entertainment
10The Signal (2014)$1,195-44%35-145$34$589,4004Focus
11Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,127-62%12-19$94$195,9175RADiUS-TWC
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1081%1--$108$144,67012Rialto Pictures
13The Hornet's Nest$170%1-1$17$309,5689Freestyle Releasing