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 Fri, Aug. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$8,010,48786%3,980135$2,013$97,252,7232Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$6,940,57664%3,697-391$1,877$204,486,3973Disney
3The Expendables 3$5,950,169--3,221--$1,847$5,950,1691Lionsgate
4Let's Be Cops$5,684,50678%3,094--$1,837$14,091,7701Fox
5The Giver$4,750,489--3,003--$1,582$4,750,4891Weinstein Company
6Into the Storm$2,336,925101%3,4340$681$25,958,3612Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hundred-Foot Journey$2,074,01878%2,04320$1,015$18,584,1492Disney / DreamWorks
8Lucy$1,599,35084%2,520-627$635$103,818,8554Universal
9Step Up All In$818,63269%2,0720$395$9,967,9662Lionsgate / Summit
10Hercules (2014)$636,63836%1,475-1421$432$66,677,8604Paramount
11Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$534,80645%1,262-1044$424$200,447,1666Fox
12Get On Up$534,51542%1,101-1368$485$25,635,1703Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$330,70070%644-157$514$11,719,3784Roadside Attractions
2What If$282,3991730%787767$359$488,2542CBS Films
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$273,816-11%960-1320$285$54,969,5755Disney
4The Purge: Anarchy$180,99049%575-1027$315$69,675,3705Universal
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$157,65752%377-149$418$170,820,25010Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sex Tape$107,47930%317-627$339$37,546,8595Sony / Columbia
7Calvary$106,036266%13086$816$596,0723Fox Searchlight
8And So It Goes$94,222-42%362-749$260$14,085,6494Clarius Entertainment
922 Jump Street$74,79478%172-141$435$189,784,89410Sony / Columbia
10Tammy$70,661126%276-274$256$82,999,3957Warner Bros. / New Line
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$65,34781%223-4$293$232,305,40013Fox
12Edge of Tomorrow$63,94036%261-4$245$99,545,13911Warner Bros.
13The Fault in Our Stars$57,65275%206-17$280$124,054,81211Fox
14Transformers: Age of Extinction$54,46715%206-374$264$243,191,3978Paramount
15Chef$42,4361%122-120$348$29,170,25715Open Road
16Earth to Echo$24,3193%154-63$158$37,604,8237Relativity Media
17Godzilla (2014)$20,79527%118-60$176$200,527,34014Warner Bros.
18Blended$18,56838%111-33$167$46,161,38113Warner Bros.
19Neighbors (2014)$18,05545%106-33$170$150,009,86515Universal
20Rio 2$17,9506%128-38$140$131,365,37819Fox
21Jersey Boys$17,65324%115-35$154$46,577,6619Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$47,3650%410$1,155$6,021,21420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Yves Saint Laurent$30,0661772%1812$1,670$310,7038Weinstein Company
3Think Like a Man Too$19,540--9362$210$65,131,5979Sony / Screen Gems
4Begin Again$15,161-44%62-183$245$14,415,1848Weinstein Company
5Snowpiercer$13,02612%42-29$310$4,345,6868RADiUS-TWC
6The Fluffy Movie$11,65963%51-105$229$2,756,6434Open Road
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$9,793--77-27$127$202,826,85816Sony / Columbia
8Wish I Was Here$8,988-2%54-148$166$3,516,5675Focus
9The Grand Seduction$6,843-19%25-8$274$3,310,91712eOne Films US
10Kick$5,821-5%16-58$364$2,445,5864UTV Motion Pictures
11America (2014)$5,389-9%62-59$87$14,362,0958Lionsgate
12Words and Pictures$1,800150%153$120$2,161,01313Roadside Attractions
13The LEGO Movie$1,083-69%15-2$72$257,741,61428Warner Bros.
14I Origins$782-85%13-75$60$332,5465Fox Searchlight
15Fed Up$6691095%53$134$1,536,05415RADiUS-TWC
16Jake Squared$411--10--$41$4111Freestyle Releasing
17Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$12731%2-1$64$212,34111RADiUS-TWC