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. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$2,109,30227%3,371-326$626$255,227,7734Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$1,660,96828%3,864-116$430$148,490,0103Paramount
3If I Stay$1,537,48821%2,907--$529$18,484,1531Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$1,301,01027%3,14046$414$47,386,1232Fox
5The Giver$773,05230%3,0030$257$25,172,6692Weinstein Company
6Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$764,96724%2,894--$264$7,698,2341Weinstein / Dimension
7The Expendables 3$757,57034%3,2210$235$28,725,5542Lionsgate
8The Hundred-Foot Journey$695,62343%1,944-99$358$33,708,8933Disney / DreamWorks
9When the Game Stands Tall$692,23123%2,673--$259$9,635,6731Sony / TriStar
10Lucy$442,81029%1,768-752$250$114,485,6255Universal
11Into the Storm$382,21032%2,375-1059$161$38,976,3183Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$191,07022%723-48$264$16,673,6417IFC Films
2Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$156,81936%733-529$214$204,209,3417Fox
3What If$134,89462%680-107$198$2,439,4703CBS Films
4Hercules (2014)$102,44635%622-853$165$70,114,2335Paramount
5Get On Up$92,91019%579-522$160$28,868,6604Universal
6Step Up All In$88,54860%948-1124$93$13,832,0463Lionsgate / Summit
7A Most Wanted Man$86,64828%433-211$200$14,197,6255Roadside Attractions
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$61,54923%353-24$174$172,218,93911Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Calvary$55,76212%240110$232$1,704,5094Fox Searchlight
10Earth to Echo$46,82233%781627$60$38,116,4988Relativity Media
11Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$43,0108%302261$142$6,609,06321Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Transformers: Age of Extinction$36,21013%28377$128$243,890,1999Paramount
13The Purge: Anarchy$27,8805%295-280$95$70,765,6756Universal
14And So It Goes$22,86327%156-206$147$14,707,8705Clarius Entertainment
15X-Men: Days of Future Past$16,9308%188-35$90$232,782,53014Fox
16Chef$16,07920%105-17$153$29,546,75416Open Road
17The Fault in Our Stars$15,6588%185-21$85$124,461,26812Fox
18Edge of Tomorrow$14,46010%192-69$75$99,978,94412Warner Bros.
19Tammy$13,96218%157-119$89$83,393,9548Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yves Saint Laurent$15,906113%213$757$515,5809Weinstein Company
2Jersey Boys$8,27429%64-51$129$46,717,56610Warner Bros.
3Snowpiercer$5,83057%28-14$208$4,437,7569RADiUS-TWC
4The One I Love$5,78835%8--$724$58,1361RADiUS-TWC
5Begin Again$5,39955%39-23$138$14,530,7339Weinstein Company
6Blended$3,79115%66-45$57$46,287,59514Warner Bros.
7Godzilla (2014)$3,6013%70-48$51$200,668,40715Warner Bros.
8The Grand Seduction$3,3109%19-6$174$3,373,15213eOne Films US
9America (2014)$3,267-54%7210$45$14,422,9739Lionsgate
10Rio 2$2,52019%72-56$35$131,487,28420Fox
11The Fluffy Movie$1,8107%30-21$60$2,824,4405Open Road
12Wish I Was Here$1,21441%19-35$64$3,563,0216Focus
13The LEGO Movie$336511%7-8$48$257,750,03829Warner Bros.