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 Thu, Jul. 17 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$5,826,776-13%3,967--$1,469$102,952,8441Fox
2Transformers: Age of Extinction$1,761,322-10%3,913-320$450$217,156,8883Paramount
3Tammy$1,302,313-20%3,4650$376$63,648,0962Warner Bros. / New Line
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$896,805-24%2,885-412$311$156,871,8955Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Earth to Echo$816,144-24%3,2300$253$28,719,3142Relativity Media
622 Jump Street$772,663-23%2,811-513$275$175,809,1115Sony / Columbia
7Maleficent$578,929-27%2,077-312$279$225,065,2357Disney
8Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$459,404-28%3,0490$151$27,683,7502Sony / Screen Gems
9America (2014)$340,353-14%1,1050$308$9,743,6963Lionsgate
10Jersey Boys$307,211-24%1,968-662$156$43,233,7204Warner Bros.
11The Fault in Our Stars$233,950-19%1,002-863$233$120,783,0786Fox
12Edge of Tomorrow$212,002-15%1,103-435$192$95,514,6506Warner Bros.
13Think Like a Man Too$200,181-22%1,231-498$163$62,864,3274Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Begin Again$318,726-20%939764$339$6,725,6663Weinstein Company
2Chef$153,921-22%70115$220$24,811,68510Open Road
3X-Men: Days of Future Past$132,224-8%655-389$202$229,774,6628Fox
4Snowpiercer$88,822-7%356106$250$3,001,4233RADiUS-TWC
5Rio 2$73,795-3%285-26$259$129,935,98814Fox
6Blended$53,8702%33530$161$44,937,0508Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$50,730-2%267-48$190$148,840,05510Universal
8Godzilla (2014)$36,170-1%303-49$119$198,504,7929Warner Bros.
9A Million Ways to Die in the West$26,405-6%188-39$140$42,720,9657Universal
10The LEGO Movie$25,037-19%350110$72$257,442,54123Warner Bros.
11Belle$21,492-1%107-16$201$10,337,68411Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$60,4659%410$1,475$4,459,12815Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Boyhood$49,610-14%5--$9,922$615,1671IFC Films
3The Grand Seduction$23,396-16%921$254$2,811,7087eOne Films US
4The Other Woman (2014)$10,9212%96-46$114$83,785,21512Fox
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$9,647-7%63-9$153$58,890,64419Fox Searchlight
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$8,723-11%78-33$112$111,267,70819Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Words and Pictures$6,501-16%40-21$163$2,017,0808Roadside Attractions
8Yves Saint Laurent$5,8883%144$421$184,7463Weinstein Company
9God's Not Dead$2,66712%25-35$107$60,731,44917Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Fed Up$1,84911%202$92$1,509,92710RADiUS-TWC
11The Railway Man$942-7%11-3$86$4,438,43814Weinstein Company
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$929--1--$929$145,59913Rialto Pictures
13The Signal (2014)$903-27%15-20$60$600,8965Focus
14Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$432-24%10-13$43$8,458,11910Clarius Entertainment
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$115-46%6-6$19$202,9336RADiUS-TWC
16The Hornet's Nest$10318%21$52$310,72810Freestyle Releasing