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, Feb. 22 - Sun, Feb. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$14,064,000-41%3,22257$4,365$93,666,5303Universal
2Snitch (2013)$13,000,000--2,511--$5,177$13,000,0001Lionsgate / Summit
3Escape From Planet Earth$11,013,000-31%3,35365$3,285$35,143,6622Weinstein Company
4Safe Haven$10,600,000-50%3,2230$3,289$48,061,6432Relativity Media
5A Good Day to Die Hard$10,000,000-60%3,5552$2,813$51,802,2642Fox
6Dark Skies$8,850,000--2,313--$3,826$8,850,0001Weinstein / Dimension
7Silver Linings Playbook$6,051,000-3%2,012-190$3,007$107,476,14615Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$4,750,000-46%2,644-253$1,797$58,168,0534Lionsgate / Summit
9Side Effects (2013)$3,511,000-44%2,070-535$1,696$25,253,5163Open Road
10Beautiful Creatures (2013)$3,410,000-55%2,9500$1,156$16,372,2652Warner Bros.
11Zero Dark Thirty$2,250,000-25%1,197-330$1,880$91,558,99110Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,640,000-53%1,425-678$1,151$52,900,5545Paramount
13Mama$1,163,000-57%1,163-485$1,000$70,219,6706Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,965,000-10%802-101$2,450$129,791,33720Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,550,000-1%572-75$2,710$113,469,76014Fox
3Lincoln$1,495,000-9%875-132$1,709$178,617,49016Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$1,192,000-9%35623$3,348$8,911,0647Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$1,036,000-32%659-358$1,572$158,847,7759Weinstein Company
6Amour$816,46816%32822$2,489$5,247,52410Sony Pictures Classics
7Les Miserables (2012)$657,000-24%462-214$1,422$146,718,8659Universal
8Wreck-It Ralph$648,000-18%402-104$1,612$186,678,54117Disney
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$545,000-45%388-217$1,405$300,946,89611Warner Bros. / New Line
10Bless Me, Ultima$502,562--263--$1,911$502,5621Arenas Entertainment
11Rise of The Guardians$370,000-12%305-33$1,213$102,016,94714Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$320,000-35%381-222$840$75,795,7839Fox
13The Impossible$288,000-40%273-149$1,055$18,051,48310Lionsgate / Summit
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$210,000-26%223-31$942$292,120,43115Lionsgate / Summit
15A Haunted House$205,000-31%302-38$679$39,866,7047Open Road
16The Guilt Trip$135,000161%18698$726$36,959,06410Paramount
17Parker$95,000-79%212-493$448$17,337,7705FilmDistrict
18Jack Reacher$77,000-40%100-75$770$79,472,47210Paramount
19The Last Stand$56,000117%11460$491$12,027,0056Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Gatekeepers$153,596240%1915$8,084$400,4364Sony Pictures Classics
2No (2013)$82,35415%62$13,726$194,6362Sony Pictures Classics
3Hyde Park on Hudson$61,811-39%65-21$951$6,124,89612Focus
4This is 40$49,000-51%96-71$510$67,524,41510Universal
5Stand Up Guys$35,000-67%41-78$854$3,263,6294Lionsgate / Roadside
6Like Someone in Love$22,8765%96$2,542$57,0102IFC Films
7Koch$22,569-40%9-2$2,508$169,6154Zeitgeist Films
8Texas Chainsaw 3D$20,000-67%44-52$455$34,333,2948Lionsgate
9Anna Karenina (2012)$18,524-55%28-23$662$12,804,83415Focus
10Chasing Ice$12,697--17--$747$1,212,29616Submarine Deluxe