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, Jul. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$6,676,696-31%3,967--$1,683$97,126,0681Fox
2Transformers: Age of Extinction$1,950,628-25%3,913-320$498$215,395,5663Paramount
3Tammy$1,632,167-23%3,4650$471$62,345,7832Warner Bros. / New Line
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,181,499-21%2,885-412$410$155,975,0905Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Earth to Echo$1,068,812-19%3,2300$331$27,903,1702Relativity Media
622 Jump Street$1,009,413-20%2,811-513$359$175,036,4485Sony / Columbia
7Maleficent$787,826-20%2,077-312$379$224,486,3067Disney
8Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$641,982-23%3,0490$211$27,224,3462Sony / Screen Gems
9Jersey Boys$404,200-13%1,968-662$205$42,926,5094Warner Bros.
10America (2014)$395,250-6%1,1050$358$9,403,3433Lionsgate
11The Fault in Our Stars$290,357-16%1,002-863$290$120,549,1286Fox
12Think Like a Man Too$255,338-22%1,231-498$207$62,664,1464Sony / Screen Gems
13Edge of Tomorrow$248,101-21%1,103-435$225$95,302,6486Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Begin Again$396,406-18%939764$422$6,406,9403Weinstein Company
2Chef$196,255-7%70115$280$24,657,76410Open Road
3X-Men: Days of Future Past$143,811-22%655-389$220$229,642,4388Fox
4Snowpiercer$95,7742%356106$269$2,912,6013RADiUS-TWC
5Rio 2$76,407-18%285-26$268$129,862,19314Fox
6Blended$52,842-18%33530$158$44,883,1808Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$52,010-7%267-48$195$148,789,32510Universal
8Godzilla (2014)$36,536-12%303-49$121$198,468,6229Warner Bros.
9The LEGO Movie$30,85517%350110$88$257,417,50423Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$28,1103%188-39$150$42,694,5607Universal
11Belle$21,617-15%107-16$202$10,316,19211Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$57,7361%5--$11,547$565,5571IFC Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$55,362-6%410$1,350$4,398,66315Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Seduction$27,719-16%921$301$2,788,3127eOne Films US
4The Other Woman (2014)$10,697-10%96-46$111$83,774,29412Fox
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$10,424-11%63-9$165$58,880,99719Fox Searchlight
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$9,8521%78-33$126$111,258,98519Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Words and Pictures$7,752-20%40-21$194$2,010,5798Roadside Attractions
8Yves Saint Laurent$5,7342%144$410$178,8583Weinstein Company
9God's Not Dead$2,382-5%25-35$95$60,728,78217Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Fed Up$1,671-36%202$84$1,508,07810RADiUS-TWC
11The Signal (2014)$1,23155%15-20$82$599,9935Focus
12The Railway Man$1,01220%11-3$92$4,437,49614Weinstein Company
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$566-2%10-13$57$8,457,68710Clarius Entertainment
14Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$213184%6-6$36$202,8186RADiUS-TWC
15The Hornet's Nest$87-3%21$44$310,62510Freestyle Releasing