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, Oct. 5 - Sun, Oct. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$50,000,000--3,661--$13,657$50,000,0001Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$26,300,000-38%3,3523$7,846$75,958,5322Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$14,736,000186%2,7702435$5,320$21,582,2082Universal
4Looper$12,200,000-41%2,9931$4,076$40,300,6512Sony / TriStar
5Frankenweenie$11,500,000--3,005--$3,827$11,500,0001Disney
6End of Watch$4,000,000-49%2,370-410$1,688$32,845,9463Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$3,870,000-47%3,003-209$1,289$29,709,8233Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$3,698,000-48%2,720-363$1,360$27,531,1443Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$1,555,000-61%1,746-893$891$38,969,4614Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$1,150,000-61%1,361-1020$845$41,000,7304Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$1,015,000-61%2,5172$403$4,482,5132Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$1,840,000-31%8648$2,130$12,315,3294Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,525,00038%221119$6,900$3,307,3393Lionsgate / Summit
3The Possession$635,000-53%821-797$773$48,402,8836Lionsgate
4Arbitrage$626,465-28%245-10$2,557$6,038,7214Roadside Attractions
5Dredd 3D$625,000-74%831-1726$752$12,675,4143Lionsgate
6Lawless$327,000-62%611-892$535$37,001,7996Weinstein Company
7The Bourne Legacy$325,000-58%482-342$674$112,255,6759Universal
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$320,000-17%298-89$1,074$159,493,03013Fox
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$264,000-59%534-653$494$50,193,1398Disney
10ParaNorman$256,340-67%342-867$750$54,374,9558Focus
11The Oranges$180,000--110--$1,636$180,0001IDP/ATO Pictures
122016: Obama's America$159,103-61%249-326$639$33,335,54913Rocky Mountain Pictures
13The Expendables 2$151,000-71%313-502$482$84,353,7348Lionsgate
14Ted (2012)$134,000-24%187-38$717$218,331,30015Universal
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$100,000-33%155-48$645$216,232,29218Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Samsara$116,443-22%52-7$2,239$1,593,8847Oscilloscope
2The Paperboy$110,033--11--$10,003$110,0331Millennium Entertainment
3The Intouchables$103,000-24%84-37$1,226$12,636,09320Weinstein Company
4Searching For Sugar Man$89,104-7%381$2,345$1,437,77511Sony Pictures Classics
5Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$84,600-7%184$4,700$330,2313IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Robot & Frank$66,960-33%72-44$930$3,170,0448IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
7V/H/S$40,000--15--$2,667$40,0001Magnolia / Magnet
8Last Ounce of Courage$35,781-77%93-204$385$3,307,1594Rocky Mountain Pictures
9Detropia$30,80013%110$2,800$219,9135Loki Films
10Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$25,956--12--$2,163$25,9561Roadside Attractions
11The House I Live In$19,654--2--$9,827$19,6541Abramorama
12My Uncle Rafael$15,574-65%3-2$5,191$206,3463Rocky Mountain Pictures
13For A Good Time, Call...$13,145-75%43-41$306$1,243,8336Focus
14The Other Dream Team$12,746-36%75$1,821$36,9762The Film Arcade
15Vulgaria$11,000-65%9-7$1,222$53,9772China Lion Film
16Wuthering Heights (2012)$8,785--1--$8,785$8,7851Oscilloscope
17Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$6,749--1--$6,749$6,7491Drafthouse Films
1810 Years$5,001-87%21-42$238$200,9094Anchor Bay Films
19Bel Borba Aqui$2,135--1--$2,135$2,7701Abramorama
20Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,400-18%6-1$233$3,376,7759ARC Entertainment