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 Tue, Aug. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$3,513,71925%3,980135$883$124,080,7222Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$3,511,41622%3,697-391$950$229,057,7033Disney
3Let's Be Cops$2,505,10019%3,094--$810$30,829,4851Fox
4The Expendables 3$1,623,08623%3,221--$504$18,823,2011Lionsgate
5The Giver$1,569,58520%3,003--$523$15,187,1351Weinstein Company
6The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,055,37239%2,04320$517$25,502,9542Disney / DreamWorks
7Into the Storm$945,49927%3,4340$275$33,206,5922Warner Bros. / New Line
8Lucy$769,32524%2,520-627$305$109,100,4654Universal
9Step Up All In$404,04344%2,0720$195$12,492,6372Lionsgate / Summit
10Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$302,90525%1,262-1044$240$202,442,8016Fox
11Hercules (2014)$285,66526%1,475-1421$194$68,681,4454Paramount
12Get On Up$214,19018%1,101-1368$195$27,445,8053Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$267,59111%771265$347$14,152,1336IFC Films
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$172,67224%960-1320$180$56,035,8135Disney
3A Most Wanted Man$147,87815%644-157$230$12,921,2464Roadside Attractions
4What If$143,96921%787767$183$1,322,9982CBS Films
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$106,96932%377-149$284$171,429,94210Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Purge: Anarchy$83,2057%575-1027$145$70,288,1205Universal
7Sex Tape$55,75635%317-627$176$37,862,8305Sony / Columbia
8And So It Goes$55,52040%362-749$153$14,421,4864Clarius Entertainment
9Calvary$49,5145%13086$381$991,8923Fox Searchlight
1022 Jump Street$41,77925%172-141$243$190,022,30010Sony / Columbia
11Edge of Tomorrow$34,63811%261-4$133$99,764,86011Warner Bros.
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$33,88510%223-4$152$232,545,63113Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$29,52710%206-17$143$124,243,17011Fox
14Transformers: Age of Extinction$27,90225%206-374$135$243,392,7118Paramount
15Tammy$24,39623%276-274$88$83,184,0547Warner Bros. / New Line
16Chef$20,61617%122-120$169$29,335,43315Open Road
17Earth to Echo$15,04122%154-63$98$37,698,4987Relativity Media
18Rio 2$10,88532%128-38$85$131,434,84319Fox
19Godzilla (2014)$9,902-1%118-60$84$200,607,03614Warner Bros.
20Jersey Boys$9,28219%115-35$81$46,641,2309Warner Bros.
21Blended$8,69416%111-33$78$46,227,98413Warner Bros.
22Neighbors (2014)$7,460-6%106-33$70$150,071,89515Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$34,55810%410$843$6,191,59020Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Yves Saint Laurent$21,78278%1812$1,210$420,6268Weinstein Company
3Begin Again$8,35713%62-183$135$14,471,6088Weinstein Company
4Snowpiercer$7,33525%42-29$175$4,388,4448RADiUS-TWC
5Kick$6,172333%16-58$386$2,467,5374UTV Motion Pictures
6The Grand Seduction$5,86479%25-8$235$3,337,50712eOne Films US
7The Fluffy Movie$5,2525%51-105$103$2,796,2844Open Road
8America (2014)$4,19828%62-59$68$14,383,3558Lionsgate
9Wish I Was Here$2,6511%54-148$49$3,543,8995Focus
10Words and Pictures$1,48285%153$99$2,168,48813Roadside Attractions
11The LEGO Movie$1,339-17%15-2$89$257,746,76928Warner Bros.
12Fed Up$398-3%53$80$1,538,19715RADiUS-TWC
13I Origins$389-8%13-75$30$335,4695Fox Searchlight
14Jake Squared$2011%10--$20$2,0811Freestyle Releasing
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$17517%2-1$88$213,89411RADiUS-TWC