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 Sun, Jul. 13 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$19,465,117-24%3,967--$4,907$72,611,4271Fox
2Transformers: Age of Extinction$4,725,244-29%3,913-320$1,208$208,833,7133Paramount
3Tammy$3,420,867-32%3,4650$987$56,998,7522Warner Bros. / New Line
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,852,876-23%2,885-412$642$152,276,7335Fox / DreamWorks Animation
522 Jump Street$1,821,813-31%2,811-513$648$171,762,6975Sony / Columbia
6Earth to Echo$1,539,518-29%3,2300$477$24,585,8162Relativity Media
7Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,355,576-26%3,0490$445$25,052,0992Sony / Screen Gems
8Maleficent$1,253,386-25%2,077-312$603$222,005,3947Disney
9Jersey Boys$737,260-31%1,968-662$375$41,712,0404Warner Bros.
10America (2014)$719,095-24%1,1050$651$8,211,7913Lionsgate
11Think Like a Man Too$631,558-37%1,231-498$513$61,807,2454Sony / Screen Gems
12Edge of Tomorrow$483,431-38%1,103-435$438$94,498,3416Warner Bros.
13The Fault in Our Stars$428,758-26%1,002-863$428$119,629,6996Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Begin Again$775,362-35%939764$826$5,171,5873Weinstein Company
2Chef$350,140-39%70115$499$24,075,14010Open Road
3X-Men: Days of Future Past$278,526-36%655-389$425$229,162,4368Fox
4Snowpiercer$178,966-33%356106$503$2,635,4723RADiUS-TWC
5Rio 2$105,774-35%285-26$371$129,626,91114Fox
6The Amazing Spider-Man 2$98,560-31%275-14$358$201,597,62511Sony / Columbia
7Blended$96,298-32%33530$287$44,713,3148Warner Bros.
8Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania$90,806-45%101--$899$380,0111Reliance Entertainment
9Neighbors (2014)$85,440-44%267-48$320$148,636,11010Universal
10Godzilla (2014)$70,764-28%303-49$234$198,355,1859Warner Bros.
11Heaven is for Real$45,851-24%173-13$265$90,836,06713Sony / TriStar
12Belle$40,025-31%107-16$374$10,249,49511Fox Searchlight
13A Million Ways to Die in the West$39,435-60%188-39$210$42,615,6857Universal
14The LEGO Movie$24,831-14%350110$71$257,335,78123Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$44,544-18%410$1,086$4,240,61515Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$34,611-35%921$376$2,706,8687eOne Films US
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$17,383-44%63-9$276$58,848,86619Fox Searchlight
4The Other Woman (2014)$16,977-36%96-46$177$83,742,26512Fox
5Words and Pictures$14,521-27%40-21$363$1,986,5488Roadside Attractions
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$11,730-25%78-33$150$111,233,40119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Yves Saint Laurent$10,001-28%144$714$162,2713Weinstein Company
8Moms' Night Out$6,534-26%54-42$121$10,429,70710Sony / TriStar
9God's Not Dead$3,460-31%25-35$138$60,722,24717Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Fed Up$2,305-20%202$115$1,501,12710RADiUS-TWC
11The Railway Man$1,264-13%11-3$115$4,435,08314Weinstein Company
12The Signal (2014)$1,046-7%15-20$70$597,4205Focus
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$242-61%10-13$24$8,456,32510Clarius Entertainment
14Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$199-70%6-6$33$202,4056RADiUS-TWC
15The Hornet's Nest$158-31%21$79$310,18010Freestyle Releasing