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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 11 - Sun, Nov. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$32,000,000--3,112--$10,283$32,000,0001Relativity Media
2Jack and Jill$26,000,000--3,438--$7,563$26,000,0001Sony / Columbia
3Puss in Boots (2011)$25,500,000-23%3,903-60$6,533$108,809,1663Paramount / DreamWorks
4Tower Heist$13,176,700-45%3,3703$3,910$43,868,5502Universal
5J. Edgar$11,470,000--1,910--$6,005$11,568,5341Warner Bros.
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$5,900,000-54%2,8750$2,052$23,222,3822Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$4,150,000-45%2,591-536$1,602$30,666,7373Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$3,625,000-57%2,776-510$1,306$100,822,5524Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$2,735,000-39%2,215-596$1,235$48,775,7785Paramount
10Real Steel$2,000,000-42%1,758-680$1,138$81,748,1166Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$1,100,000-38%813-465$1,353$71,891,5698Sony / Columbia
2Courageous$1,000,000-35%905-233$1,105$31,553,5887Sony / TriStar
3The Ides of March$975,000-50%696-695$1,401$38,389,0266Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$789,951-73%947-1345$834$12,357,9353FilmDistrict
5Anonymous$600,000-51%482-32$1,245$3,771,3913Sony / Columbia
6Margin Call$595,000-17%19820$3,005$3,361,6834Roadside Attractions
750/50$525,000-45%424-323$1,238$33,859,1157Summit
8The Three Musketeers (2011)$495,000-71%669-1194$740$19,165,3044Summit
9Martha Marcy May Marlene$490,0008%18385$2,678$1,690,0464Fox Searchlight
10The Way$334,379-7%171-53$1,955$2,633,3346Producers Distribution Agency
11Johnny English Reborn$210,000-69%210-434$1,000$8,134,7904Universal
12Sarah's Key$95,000-65%162-156$586$7,572,40317Weinstein Company
13Dream House$75,540-62%172-158$439$21,280,0657Universal
14Abduction$75,000-43%127-80$591$27,486,7908Lionsgate
15Killer Elite$61,66245%16041$385$25,089,5408Open Road
16The Thing (2011)$61,335-77%141-243$435$16,903,8605Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy$525,00097%7054$7,500$1,076,2663Paramount Vantage
2The Skin I Live In$312,289-5%9113$3,432$1,711,7155Sony Pictures Classics
3Melancholia$265,000--19--$13,947$265,0001Magnolia Pictures
4Take Shelter$134,383-24%82-8$1,639$1,234,8657Sony Pictures Classics
5Midnight in Paris$51,722-25%38-16$1,361$55,556,19126Sony Pictures Classics
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$51,000-12%72-26$708$38,420,78413Weinstein Company
7Into the Abyss$50,784--12--$4,232$50,7841IFC Films
8I Don't Know How She Does It$30,000949%8375$361$9,640,5019Weinstein Company
9Inni$18,000114%83$2,250$75,1543Cinema Purgatorio
10Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$9,500--1--$9,500$9,5001Variance Films
11Laugh at My Pain$6,667-71%13-26$513$7,688,85010CodeBlack Entertainment
12The Son of No One$2,800-84%4-6$700$28,9872Anchor Bay Films
13Texas Killing Fields$700-85%3-7$233$45,2635Anchor Bay Films