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, Mar. 15 - Sun, Mar. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$42,222,000-47%3,9120$10,793$145,025,6242Disney
2The Call$17,100,000--2,507--$6,821$17,100,0001Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$10,305,000--3,160--$3,261$10,305,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$6,220,000-37%3,357-168$1,853$53,913,3733Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$4,519,000-29%2,842-160$1,590$123,705,8656Universal
6Snitch (2013)$3,500,000-31%2,35313$1,487$37,257,2774Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$2,619,000-49%2,424-347$1,080$21,867,7733Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$2,587,000-28%1,602-125$1,615$124,613,17918Weinstein Company
9Safe Haven$2,495,000-34%2,206-335$1,131$66,952,8105Relativity Media
10Escape From Planet Earth$2,327,000-28%2,211-338$1,052$52,165,5815Weinstein Company
11Dead Man Down$2,040,000-62%2,1880$932$9,287,3402FilmDistrict
12The Last Exorcism Part II$1,325,000-58%1,575-1125$841$14,430,1043CBS Films
13A Good Day to Die Hard$1,150,000-46%1,117-608$1,030$65,464,1475Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$1,225,000-22%646-25$1,896$121,345,13417Fox
2Quartet$913,000-27%688-27$1,327$14,809,89210Weinstein Company
3Emperor$632,350-38%31150$2,033$2,035,4132Roadside Attractions
4Warm Bodies$585,000-42%659-393$888$64,595,9107Lionsgate / Summit
5Dark Skies$551,000-56%703-802$784$16,653,5114Weinstein / Dimension
6Side Effects (2013)$543,000-38%402-200$1,351$30,482,2136Open Road
7Argo$507,000-50%540-201$939$135,176,04423Warner Bros.
8Zero Dark Thirty$415,000-38%450-72$922$95,297,72313Sony / Columbia
9Lincoln$377,000-12%46634$809$181,389,58619Disney / DreamWorks
10Django Unchained$283,000-35%266-70$1,064$161,583,52712Weinstein Company
11Les Miserables (2012)$207,000-33%241-45$859$148,488,97512Universal
12Rise of The Guardians$173,000-24%213-62$812$103,004,03617Paramount / DreamWorks
13Mama$152,000-1%204-10$745$71,334,5259Universal
14Amour$101,726-45%129-76$789$6,495,92413Sony Pictures Classics
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$97,000-43%130-95$746$54,677,8448Paramount
16Jack Reacher$79,000-41%130-64$608$80,033,11313Paramount
17The Impossible$75,000-24%105-9$714$18,605,56113Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Spring Breakers$270,000--3--$90,000$270,0001A24
2Stoker$265,733132%9477$2,827$646,5293Fox Searchlight
3The Gatekeepers$239,1031%8619$2,780$1,344,5167Sony Pictures Classics
4No (2013)$191,44227%4813$3,988$736,0475Sony Pictures Classics
5From Up on Poppy Hill$55,028--2--$27,514$55,0281GKIDS
6Bless Me, Ultima$48,278-14%45-7$1,073$1,465,6104Arenas Entertainment
7Ginger & Rosa$45,000--3--$15,000$45,0001A24
8Like Someone in Love$34,300151%1812$1,906$145,7295IFC Films
9Upside Down$28,270--11--$2,570$28,2701Millennium Entertainment
10Beyond the Hills$25,20072%1411$1,800$47,4332IFC Films
11Hyde Park on Hudson$21,900-41%31-8$706$6,336,21715Focus
12Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$12,240-64%10$12,240$47,4172Tribeca Film
13Reality$8,000--1--$8,000$8,0001Oscilloscope