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 Sat, Aug. 9 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$22,162,059-13%3,845--$5,764$47,764,2201Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$16,947,11238%4,0888$4,146$163,650,6342Disney
3Into the Storm$6,439,224-1%3,434--$1,875$12,967,9081Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$4,303,51917%2,023--$2,127$7,966,1061Disney / DreamWorks
5Lucy$3,839,51535%3,147-55$1,220$94,709,2253Universal
6Hercules (2014)$2,361,94534%2,896-699$816$61,889,8313Paramount
7Get On Up$2,196,48046%2,4691$890$21,617,1802Universal
8Step Up All In$2,096,763-27%2,072--$1,012$4,953,0081Lionsgate / Summit
9Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,787,64143%2,306-977$775$196,467,3415Fox
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$999,85638%2,280-961$439$52,255,0204Disney
11The Purge: Anarchy$913,85025%1,602-1054$570$67,891,8304Universal
12And So It Goes$509,90842%1,111-705$459$12,906,8593Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$983,88666%80175$1,228$9,789,3033Roadside Attractions
2Sex Tape$469,73331%944-1556$498$36,611,7834Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$285,89144%526-335$544$169,914,8559Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Transformers: Age of Extinction$248,82152%580-1152$429$242,716,6137Paramount
5Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$246,0981145%251--$980$2,382,2051Screenvision
6Maleficent$227,10535%370-311$614$235,910,26711Disney
7Tammy$218,93237%550-865$398$82,614,0706Warner Bros. / New Line
822 Jump Street$144,23332%313-515$461$189,378,0079Sony / Columbia
9Chef$142,25061%242-108$588$28,854,58214Open Road
10Edge of Tomorrow$132,14530%265-137$499$99,181,92710Warner Bros.
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$113,75744%22737$501$231,992,03612Fox
12The Fault in Our Stars$79,54024%223-59$357$123,788,67510Fox
13Begin Again$76,96854%245-482$314$14,226,6097Weinstein Company
14Rio 2$59,804101%166-46$360$131,231,07518Fox
15Earth to Echo$59,32826%217-319$273$37,416,1606Relativity Media
16Godzilla (2014)$53,81241%178-99$302$200,392,76413Warner Bros.
17Jersey Boys$48,26951%150-136$322$46,457,7008Warner Bros.
18Blended$42,32833%144-43$294$46,054,50012Warner Bros.
19Wish I Was Here$38,77141%202-551$192$3,430,6864Focus
20Neighbors (2014)$38,16541%139-38$275$149,913,33514Universal
21The Fluffy Movie$36,85935%156-276$236$2,673,3433Open Road
22America (2014)$25,21626%121-357$208$14,299,2337Lionsgate
23The Amazing Spider-Man 2$23,88750%104-57$230$202,760,18215Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Calvary$108,08959%4440$2,457$281,5622Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$53,47010%410$1,304$5,741,72819Warner Bros. / IMAX
3What If$48,106-3%20--$2,405$97,4851CBS Films
4Kick$39,58435%74-88$535$2,365,0483UTV Motion Pictures
5Snowpiercer$25,57724%71-29$360$4,259,5147RADiUS-TWC
6I Origins$13,55342%88-34$154$297,8294Fox Searchlight
7The Grand Seduction$10,60756%33-17$321$3,266,34511eOne Films US
8Heaven is for Real$10,11140%60-36$169$91,436,33117Sony / TriStar
9Think Like a Man Too$9,14921%31-84$295$65,099,0208Sony / Screen Gems
10Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$8,39442%44-53$191$30,571,8476Sony / Screen Gems
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,00472%36-23$195$111,424,91523Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Yves Saint Laurent$2,429106%6-2$405$273,6087Weinstein Company
13Words and Pictures$2,39032%12-6$199$2,153,48112Roadside Attractions
14The LEGO Movie$1,47014%17-21$86$257,729,61627Warner Bros.
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$25036%3-1$83$211,57510RADiUS-TWC
16As It Is in Heaven (2014)$13339%21$67$10,3255Embark Visuals
17Fed Up$7330%2-5$37$1,534,85914RADiUS-TWC