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. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$2,623,129-25%3,697-391$710$231,680,8323Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$2,406,886-32%3,980135$605$126,487,6082Paramount
3Let's Be Cops$1,765,160-30%3,094158$571$32,594,6451Fox
4The Giver$1,122,276-28%3,003--$374$16,309,4111Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 3$1,084,957-33%3,221--$337$19,908,1581Lionsgate
6The Hundred-Foot Journey$850,389-19%2,04320$416$26,353,3432Disney / DreamWorks
7Into the Storm$686,409-27%3,4340$200$33,893,0012Warner Bros. / New Line
8Lucy$618,510-20%2,520-532$245$109,718,9754Universal
9Step Up All In$260,460-36%2,0720$126$12,753,0972Lionsgate / Summit
10Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$225,750-25%1,262-589$179$202,668,5516Fox
11Hercules (2014)$210,385-26%1,475-1421$143$68,891,8304Paramount
12Get On Up$170,135-21%1,101-1179$155$27,615,9403Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$243,642-9%771265$316$14,397,1336IFC Films
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$146,821-15%960-892$153$56,182,6345Disney
3A Most Wanted Man$137,306-7%644-157$213$13,058,5524Roadside Attractions
4What If$122,603-15%787767$156$1,445,6012CBS Films
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$86,707-19%377-149$230$171,516,64910Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Purge: Anarchy$68,720-17%575-630$120$70,356,8405Universal
7Calvary$48,219-3%13086$371$1,040,1113Fox Searchlight
8And So It Goes$47,303-15%362-749$131$14,468,7894Clarius Entertainment
9Sex Tape$45,039-19%317-416$142$37,907,8695Sony / Columbia
1022 Jump Street$37,110-11%172-106$216$190,059,41010Sony / Columbia
11Edge of Tomorrow$32,559-6%261-4$125$99,797,41911Warner Bros.
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$29,797-12%223-4$134$232,575,42813Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$26,938-9%206-17$131$124,270,10811Fox
14Transformers: Age of Extinction$23,876-14%206-374$116$243,416,5878Paramount
15Tammy$20,688-15%276-274$75$83,204,7427Warner Bros. / New Line
16Chef$18,350-11%122-120$150$29,353,78315Open Road
17Earth to Echo$16,66311%154-63$108$37,715,1617Relativity Media
18Godzilla (2014)$9,704-2%118-60$82$200,616,74014Warner Bros.
19Rio 2$9,109-16%128-38$71$131,443,95219Fox
20Jersey Boys$7,996-14%115-35$70$46,649,2269Warner Bros.
21Blended$7,911-9%111-33$71$46,235,89513Warner Bros.
22Neighbors (2014)$7,4350%106-33$70$150,079,33015Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,1057%410$905$6,228,69520Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Yves Saint Laurent$11,881-45%1812$660$432,5078Weinstein Company
3The Grand Seduction$7,85034%25-8$314$3,345,35712eOne Films US
4Begin Again$7,279-13%62-183$117$14,478,8878Weinstein Company
5Snowpiercer$7,246-1%42-29$173$4,395,6908RADiUS-TWC
6The Fluffy Movie$4,780-9%51-105$94$2,801,0644Open Road
7America (2014)$3,066-27%62-59$49$14,386,4218Lionsgate
8Wish I Was Here$2,588-2%54-148$48$3,546,4875Focus
9Kick$2,579-58%16-58$161$2,470,1164UTV Motion Pictures
10The LEGO Movie$1,3632%15-2$91$257,748,13228Warner Bros.
11Words and Pictures$1,287-13%153$86$2,169,77513Roadside Attractions
12I Origins$358-8%13-75$28$335,8275Fox Searchlight
13Jake Squared$28542%10--$29$2,3661Freestyle Releasing
14Fed Up$208-48%53$42$1,538,40515RADiUS-TWC
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$30-83%2-1$15$213,92411RADiUS-TWC