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. 26 - Sun, Apr. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$20,000,000--3,277--$6,103$20,000,0001Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$17,443,000-53%3,7929$4,600$64,730,5002Universal
342 (2013)$10,725,000-39%3,405155$3,150$69,079,3723Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$7,500,000--2,633--$2,848$7,500,0001Lionsgate
5The Croods$6,600,000-29%3,283-152$2,010$163,024,7836Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$3,620,000-37%2,707-468$1,337$116,396,1435Paramount
7Scary Movie 5$3,457,000-44%2,733-669$1,265$27,493,9363Weinstein / Dimension
8Olympus Has Fallen$2,768,000-38%2,334-304$1,186$93,076,4726FilmDistrict
9The Place Beyond the Pines$2,699,140-45%1,58442$1,704$16,224,0115Focus
10Jurassic Park 3D$2,300,000-43%1,848-482$1,245$41,990,3754Universal
11Evil Dead$2,000,000-51%2,186-637$915$51,867,7584Sony / TriStar
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,704,000-43%1,610-435$1,058$226,152,1398Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,185,980--363--$6,022$2,185,9801Roadside Attractions
2The Company You Keep$1,245,765214%807723$1,544$2,343,9104Sony Pictures Classics
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,116,000-50%942-463$1,185$50,650,3235Lionsgate
4Filly Brown$565,000-62%25971$2,181$2,310,0912Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Home Run$452,030-71%371-10$1,218$2,281,3302IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6The Host (2013)$370,000-63%611-745$606$25,857,0865Open Road
7Identity Thief$329,000-32%425-55$774$133,139,38012Universal
8Disconnect$262,454--111--$2,364$770,2273LD Entertainment
9Silver Linings Playbook$201,000-63%361-506$557$131,426,34224Weinstein Company
10The Sapphires$182,000-29%12612$1,444$1,418,1646Weinstein Company
11Snitch (2013)$180,000123%25291$714$42,318,83110Lionsgate / Summit
12The Lords of Salem$178,000-72%280-75$636$1,033,2932Anchor Bay Films
13Escape From Planet Earth$160,00011%28343$565$55,048,54711Weinstein Company
14Admission$115,238-66%279-206$413$17,693,5396Focus
15Trance$112,000-72%157-286$713$2,118,7974Fox Searchlight
16Arthur Newman$108,000--248--$435$108,0001Cinedigm
17Warm Bodies$102,000-32%190-50$537$66,268,78313Lionsgate / Summit
18Life of Pi$80,000-51%131-62$611$124,666,21223Fox
19Quartet$78,000-50%130-46$600$18,001,11416Weinstein Company
20Side Effects (2013)$47,739-84%108-537$442$31,993,87212Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Renoir$129,906-8%637$2,062$859,9615IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
2No (2013)$70,965-40%74-14$959$2,139,19211Sony Pictures Classics
3Upstream Color$51,670-25%4313$1,202$296,7264ERBP
4From Up on Poppy Hill$51,445-31%40-8$1,286$797,3567GKIDS
5The Reluctant Fundamentalist$32,700--3--$10,900$32,7001IFC Films
6In the House$31,177-1%96$3,464$77,3572Cohen Media Group
7Kon-Tiki$22,334--2--$11,167$22,3341Weinstein Company
8Blancanieves$20,716-26%12-15$1,726$191,8455Cohen Media Group
9At Any Price$16,574--4--$4,144$22,7661Sony Pictures Classics
10Midnight's Children$12,200--2--$6,100$12,2001Paladin/108 Media
11An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$11,100--2--$5,550$11,1001Variance Films
12Graceland$11,081--14--$792$11,0811Drafthouse Films
13It's a Disaster$10,500-42%9-4$1,167$57,2163Oscilloscope
14Storm Surfers 3D$6,500--2--$3,250$6,5001XLrator Media