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. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1If I Stay$6,827,007--2,907--$2,348$6,827,0071Warner Bros. / New Line
2Guardians of the Galaxy$4,818,54987%3,371-326$1,429$239,072,4064Disney
3Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$4,542,06096%3,864-116$1,175$133,351,8663Paramount
4Let's Be Cops$3,299,480100%3,14046$1,051$37,545,6482Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$2,948,554--2,673--$1,103$2,948,5541Sony / TriStar
6Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$2,619,741--2,894--$905$2,619,7411Weinstein / Dimension
7The Giver$2,058,16894%3,0030$685$19,428,7062Weinstein Company
8The Expendables 3$1,875,20586%3,2210$582$22,793,3822Lionsgate
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,591,24891%1,944-99$819$28,779,4523Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$1,076,72677%2,375-1059$453$35,578,1103Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lucy$1,015,73097%1,768-752$575$111,251,0005Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$306,55759%733-529$418$203,167,5277Fox
2Get On Up$252,00569%579-522$435$28,016,9954Universal
3Hercules (2014)$246,36827%622-853$396$69,332,6645Paramount
4A Most Wanted Man$237,24681%433-211$548$13,427,2355Roadside Attractions
5What If$207,86695%680-107$306$1,760,3203CBS Films
6Step Up All In$200,324-5%948-1124$211$13,164,3723Lionsgate / Summit
7Calvary$144,905206%240110$604$1,232,4184Fox Searchlight
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$139,89455%353-24$396$171,746,85611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Transformers: Age of Extinction$97,667324%28377$345$243,537,2709Paramount
10The Purge: Anarchy$91,58587%295-280$310$70,497,3006Universal
11Earth to Echo$88,664588%781627$114$37,816,7058Relativity Media
12Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$66,21281%302261$219$6,331,49321Warner Bros. / IMAX
1322 Jump Street$57,01179%135-37$422$190,148,25511Sony / Columbia
14Tammy$43,983150%157-119$280$83,266,3238Warner Bros. / New Line
15And So It Goes$43,755-4%156-206$280$14,558,3565Clarius Entertainment
16The Fault in Our Stars$42,44069%185-21$229$124,337,62912Fox
17X-Men: Days of Future Past$41,82149%188-35$222$232,645,40214Fox
18Chef$36,58066%105-17$348$29,412,38316Open Road
19Edge of Tomorrow$35,9768%192-69$187$99,866,55812Warner Bros.
20Sex Tape$27,396-19%111-206$247$37,969,2906Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yves Saint Laurent$15,53816%213$740$461,4039Weinstein Company
2The One I Love$15,206--8--$1,901$15,2061RADiUS-TWC
3Jersey Boys$12,51636%64-51$196$46,670,93710Warner Bros.
4Blended$10,28620%66-45$156$46,254,72914Warner Bros.
5Begin Again$10,26842%39-23$263$14,496,4009Weinstein Company
6Godzilla (2014)$9,115-5%70-48$130$200,635,44215Warner Bros.
7Rio 2$8,688-16%72-56$121$131,462,94620Fox
8America (2014)$6,73186%7210$93$14,396,7739Lionsgate
9Snowpiercer$6,718-15%28-14$240$4,410,3109RADiUS-TWC
10The Grand Seduction$5,6056%19-6$295$3,356,25713eOne Films US
11The Fluffy Movie$4,080-21%30-21$136$2,810,3065Open Road
12Wish I Was Here$3,53524%19-35$186$3,552,8736Focus
13The LEGO Movie$170-85%7-8$24$257,749,44029Warner Bros.
14Fed Up$88-57%2-3$44$1,538,70016RADiUS-TWC