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. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$3,312,183-15%3,9692$835$155,688,6292Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$2,105,785-18%2,806--$750$41,376,1451Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$2,003,304-5%3,826--$524$25,817,8221Disney
4Sex Tape$1,255,722-17%3,062--$410$20,901,5321Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$950,022-20%3,224-689$295$231,752,4754Paramount
6Tammy$808,274-10%3,402-63$238$74,747,0893Warner Bros. / New Line
7How to Train Your Dragon 2$619,495-13%2,169-716$286$163,428,8806Fox / DreamWorks Animation
822 Jump Street$539,534-19%2,229-582$242$183,154,0996Sony / Columbia
9Earth to Echo$514,757-8%2,450-780$210$34,144,4583Relativity Media
10Maleficent$496,601-3%1,541-536$322$230,339,1848Disney
11Begin Again$315,627-11%1,302363$242$10,735,9074Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$218,677-4%1,030-75$212$12,338,5674Lionsgate
13Jersey Boys$162,171-11%1,003-965$162$45,137,8315Warner Bros.
14Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$146,250-24%1,491-1558$98$30,016,0673Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$146,218-8%557-445$263$122,220,8557Fox
2Chef$143,098-8%552-149$259$26,499,30211Open Road
3Edge of Tomorrow$124,362-15%602-501$207$97,184,1067Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$85,840-11%387-268$222$230,877,8099Fox
5Think Like a Man Too$84,749-21%628-603$135$64,380,0115Sony / Screen Gems
6Godzilla (2014)$72,372-3%32623$222$199,317,20610Warner Bros.
7Snowpiercer$57,656-8%211-145$273$3,701,4214RADiUS-TWC
8Rio 2$56,8621%256-29$222$130,457,17015Fox
9Blended$47,6465%285-50$167$45,400,1559Warner Bros.
10Neighbors (2014)$36,8701%230-37$160$149,242,40511Universal
11The LEGO Movie$16,7897%202-148$83$257,546,49224Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$153,694-7%3429$4,520$2,400,8082IFC Films
2Wish I Was Here$62,7804%68--$923$725,2401Focus
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$56,966-20%410$1,389$4,842,79916Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Belle$19,9914%92-15$217$10,521,81912Fox Searchlight
5The Grand Seduction$18,593-20%90-2$207$3,020,6318eOne Films US
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$7,393-15%46-17$161$58,973,47620Fox Searchlight
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,052-1%63-15$112$111,317,40620Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Other Woman (2014)$5,706-1%60-36$95$83,845,26313Fox
9Yves Saint Laurent$4,73318%11-3$430$226,2814Weinstein Company
10Fed Up$3,28690%12-8$274$1,523,93311RADiUS-TWC
11I Origins$2,756-31%4--$689$41,7641Fox Searchlight
12God's Not Dead$1,50333%11-14$137$60,742,48518Freestyle / Pure Flix
13A Long Way Off$853--1--$853$28,3447Moving Visions Entertainment
14Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$576106%104$58$208,0797RADiUS-TWC
15Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$528121%8-2$66$8,460,17011Clarius Entertainment