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, Apr. 12 - Sun, Apr. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$27,250,000--3,003--$9,074$27,250,0001Warner Bros.
2Scary Movie 5$15,153,000--3,402--$4,454$15,153,0001Weinstein / Dimension
3The Croods$13,200,000-36%3,689-190$3,578$142,524,0704Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$10,800,000-48%3,535-199$3,055$102,425,6983Paramount
5Evil Dead$9,500,000-63%3,0250$3,140$41,541,7822Sony / TriStar
6Jurassic Park 3D$8,820,000-53%2,7787$3,175$31,929,1652Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$7,283,000-28%2,935-124$2,481$81,889,8144FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$4,923,000-39%2,504-401$1,966$219,444,4126Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,500,000-55%1,805-242$2,493$45,421,9963Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$2,394,000-54%2,172-1030$1,102$23,439,4603Open Road
11The Call$1,950,000-44%1,630-372$1,196$48,572,0935Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$4,079,576480%514484$7,937$5,453,7553Focus
2Trance$925,000605%438434$2,112$1,099,6082Fox Searchlight
3Admission$914,736-53%909-498$1,006$16,832,6904Focus
4Identity Thief$536,000-33%564-157$950$132,016,84010Universal
5Silver Linings Playbook$430,000-29%451-73$953$130,355,17222Weinstein Company
6Spring Breakers$380,000-68%426-646$892$13,528,9875A24
7Life of Pi$237,000-33%217-52$1,092$124,279,09621Fox
8Quartet$229,000-38%224-28$1,022$17,579,91514Weinstein Company
9Warm Bodies$220,000-18%279-8$789$65,895,96611Lionsgate / Summit
10Snitch (2013)$147,000-35%215-89$684$42,002,8788Lionsgate / Summit
11Escape From Planet Earth$145,000-45%276-156$525$54,646,9389Weinstein Company
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$100,000-28%154-26$649$55,585,54812Paramount
13Django Unchained$84,000-39%126-57$667$162,694,44416Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Company You Keep$310,763136%4136$7,580$483,3732Sony Pictures Classics
2The Sapphires$245,000-16%9333$2,634$780,4014Weinstein Company
3No (2013)$179,079-14%9910$1,809$1,868,9139Sony Pictures Classics
4Renoir$166,60062%4929$3,400$407,5883IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
5To the Wonder$130,000--17--$7,647$130,0001Magnolia Pictures
6Disconnect$123,597--15--$8,240$123,5971LD Entertainment
7From Up on Poppy Hill$97,821-25%487$2,038$612,7595GKIDS
8Upstream Color$74,140159%1110$6,740$112,8712ERBP
9The Gatekeepers$70,812-59%90-41$787$2,257,37911Sony Pictures Classics
10Emperor$51,500-61%96-24$536$3,218,4656Roadside Attractions
11Ginger & Rosa$50,000-60%71-28$704$678,9015A24
12The Impossible$48,000-19%77-3$623$18,984,91917Lionsgate / Summit
13Starbuck$33,002-43%321$1,031$3,659,5224eOne Films US
14Blancanieves$29,621-14%173$1,742$118,1683Cohen Media Group
15The Angels' Share$21,000--3--$7,000$21,0001IFC Films
16It's a Disaster$17,000--3--$5,667$17,0001Oscilloscope