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, Aug. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$8,808,382-26%4,080--$2,159$126,759,4421Disney
2Lucy$1,904,220-26%3,20229$595$86,341,7552Universal
3Hercules (2014)$1,155,389-29%3,5950$321$56,866,3912Paramount
4Get On Up$949,160-29%2,468--$385$17,113,6301Universal
5Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$944,221-27%3,283-385$288$192,693,7274Fox
6Planes: Fire and Rescue$801,321-18%3,241-598$247$49,813,9923Disney
7The Purge: Anarchy$702,560-23%2,656-200$265$65,731,7053Universal
8Sex Tape$464,307-20%2,500-562$186$35,465,4073Sony / Columbia
9And So It Goes$418,367-17%1,81654$230$11,699,0112Clarius Entertainment
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$256,576-25%1,732-744$148$242,124,9106Paramount
11Tammy$173,203-16%1,415-1147$122$82,104,0445Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$865,204-19%652--$1,327$1,937,8040Screenvision
2A Most Wanted Man$302,635-9%726365$417$7,943,4832Roadside Attractions
3Boyhood$283,779-6%310203$915$8,313,1094IFC Films
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$201,136-20%861-497$234$169,251,5828Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Maleficent$181,037-17%681-396$266$235,350,30110Disney
622 Jump Street$154,779-25%828-785$187$189,009,8218Sony / Columbia
7Begin Again$86,078-9%727-517$118$14,026,7556Weinstein Company
8Earth to Echo$82,878-13%536-736$155$37,236,6375Relativity Media
9Chef$79,6500%350-55$228$28,552,23713Open Road
10Wish I Was Here$75,961-18%753128$101$3,303,9183Focus
11Edge of Tomorrow$74,035-20%40249$184$98,871,2979Warner Bros.
12The Fault in Our Stars$60,425-8%282-105$214$123,589,0329Fox
13The Fluffy Movie$59,108-20%4320$137$2,567,3992Open Road
14America (2014)$43,875-12%478-282$92$14,215,4586Lionsgate
15Jersey Boys$40,748-1%286-176$142$46,342,0747Warner Bros.
16Kick$39,718-41%162-15$245$2,269,4162UTV Motion Pictures
17Godzilla (2014)$30,641-24%277-25$111$200,270,20912Warner Bros.
18Rio 2$29,921-13%212-18$141$131,111,89317Fox
19X-Men: Days of Future Past$23,973-22%190-99$126$231,779,70011Fox
20Blended$21,936-13%187-36$117$45,959,45811Warner Bros.
21Snowpiercer$19,88510%100-49$199$4,194,3806RADiUS-TWC
22Neighbors (2014)$19,505-4%177-31$110$149,830,42513Universal
23I Origins$10,759-2%12246$88$264,7013Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$54,54612%410$1,330$5,585,46418Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$12,28015%50-24$246$3,239,79710eOne Films US
3Calvary$8,34511%4--$2,086$98,3741Fox Searchlight
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,66039%591$130$111,409,62322Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Words and Pictures$2,172-10%18-10$121$2,147,93011Roadside Attractions
6Yves Saint Laurent$1,494-18%80$187$268,0826Weinstein Company
7The LEGO Movie$1,229-80%38-164$32$257,725,90726Warner Bros.
8God's Not Dead$5548%7-2$79$60,755,26320Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Fed Up$240-47%7-6$34$1,534,35513RADiUS-TWC
10As It Is in Heaven (2014)$11750%1--$117$10,0604Embark Visuals
11A Long Way Off$8512%10$85$30,0099Moving Visions Entertainment
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$77-79%40$19$211,1089RADiUS-TWC
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$75-37%1--$75$17,40511Rialto Pictures