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, May. 24 - Sun, May. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$98,500,000--3,658--$26,927$98,500,0001Universal
2The Hangover Part III$42,415,000--3,555--$11,931$54,204,4631Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$38,000,000-46%3,90739$9,726$146,826,5662Paramount
4Epic$34,200,000--3,882--$8,810$34,200,0001Fox
5Iron Man 3$19,424,000-46%3,424-813$5,673$367,506,5244Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$13,705,000-43%3,090-460$4,435$114,431,8913Warner Bros.
7The Croods$1,215,000-60%1,008-1365$1,205$179,238,28810Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$620,000-81%1,003-1426$618$48,533,8725Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$1,928,190-14%712-248$2,708$14,535,8265Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$1,245,000-56%915-1465$1,361$91,049,4507Warner Bros.
3Oblivion (2013)$815,000-65%572-1505$1,425$87,280,1656Universal
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$629,000-28%401-134$1,569$232,192,05112Disney
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$400,000-31%346-63$1,156$121,048,0259Paramount
6The Iceman$394,580-15%25893$1,529$1,379,3634Millennium Entertainment
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$340,000-84%485-1556$701$8,816,3653Lionsgate
8Escape From Planet Earth$263,0008%346-347$760$55,966,34115Weinstein Company
9The Big Wedding$225,000-81%265-1178$849$21,081,4765Lionsgate
10Identity Thief$214,0000%187-54$1,144$134,263,46516Universal
11The Place Beyond the Pines$164,376-46%128-189$1,284$20,959,2039Focus
12Tyler Perry's Temptation$60,000-31%131-19$458$51,936,2929Lionsgate
13Scary Movie 5$58,000-86%171-337$339$31,360,9117Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frances Ha$612,000345%6056$10,200$816,7012IFC Films
2Before Midnight$273,944--5--$54,789$273,9441Sony Pictures Classics
3Love Is All You Need$238,944247%6341$3,793$443,9154Sony Pictures Classics
4Kon-Tiki$167,0006%643$2,609$667,4975Weinstein Company
5What Maisie Knew$154,247382%2723$5,713$272,1264Millenium Entertainment
6The Company You Keep$144,241-36%96-127$1,503$4,759,7448Sony Pictures Classics
7Stories We Tell$143,4569%263$5,518$737,8523Roadside Attractions
8The Sapphires$71,000-28%61-41$1,164$2,110,70410Weinstein Company
9Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$67,55059%3612$1,876$290,9114eOne Films US
10Fill the Void$60,436--3--$20,145$60,4361Sony Pictures Classics
11Filly Brown$42,00073%29-10$1,448$2,816,4416Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Snitch (2013)$37,000-66%93-60$398$42,909,91314Lionsgate / Summit
13We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$28,970--4--$7,243$28,9701Focus World
14In the House$23,766-56%21-15$1,132$354,0866Cohen Media Group
15The Host (2013)$21,000-81%55-176$382$26,608,3569Open Road
16The English Teacher$11,57893%75$1,654$19,9692Cinedigm
17Admission$6,675-86%26-103$257$17,986,85210Focus