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, Jul. 12 - Sun, Jul. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$44,754,000-46%4,0036$11,180$229,237,8802Universal
2Grown Ups 2$42,500,000--3,491--$12,174$42,500,0001Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$38,300,000--3,275--$11,695$38,300,0001Warner Bros.
4The Heat$14,000,000-43%3,128-56$4,476$112,363,4773Fox
5The Lone Ranger$11,140,000-62%3,9040$2,853$71,101,1922Disney
6Monsters University$10,621,000-46%3,142-597$3,380$237,760,4274Disney
7World War Z$9,430,000-49%3,003-313$3,140$177,086,9204Paramount
8White House Down$6,150,000-54%2,566-656$2,397$62,962,9333Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$4,825,000-58%2,150-755$2,244$280,994,8785Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$2,950,000-50%1,394-710$2,116$91,738,4405Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$5,000,000-50%89216$5,605$26,378,3092Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$1,310,000-54%850-756$1,541$113,287,7027Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$690,000-47%403-162$1,712$224,364,7249Paramount
4Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$670,000--139--$4,820$670,0001Reliance Entertainment
5Fast & Furious 6$535,000-50%397-220$1,348$236,520,3558Universal
620 Feet from Stardom$497,3783%13142$3,797$1,770,5175RADiUS-TWC
7Epic$465,000-9%352-76$1,321$104,856,4148Fox
8Before Midnight$313,714-34%154-60$2,037$7,090,3838Sony Pictures Classics
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$263,700-41%138-32$1,911$3,529,9516Roadside Attractions
10The Croods$247,000-28%243-26$1,016$185,621,46917Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Iron Man 3$241,000-50%199-95$1,211$406,850,68811Disney
12The Internship$216,000-53%233-146$927$43,218,9546Fox
13Mud$134,300-17%110-1$1,221$21,068,96012Roadside Attractions
14The Purge$124,000-62%179-77$693$63,795,9806Universal
15Pain and Gain$71,000-39%150-20$473$49,659,15012Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$1,110,000101%7960$14,051$1,854,4852Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$377,285--7--$53,898$377,2851Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$248,0002%9121$2,725$793,4864Weinstein Company
4The Attack$167,703-14%552$3,049$714,9134Cohen Media Group
5The Bling Ring$150,000-53%97-62$1,546$5,450,2455A24
6Fill the Void$136,839-15%645$2,138$1,406,1848Sony Pictures Classics
7I'm So Excited$109,816-22%226$4,992$473,9663Sony Pictures Classics
8Frances Ha$96,900-13%57-13$1,700$3,796,1339IFC Films
9The East$94,800-42%71-31$1,335$2,127,0527Fox Searchlight
10The Kings of Summer$70,000-27%565$1,250$1,204,7057CBS Films
11Killing Season$25,628--15--$1,709$25,6281Millenium Entertainment
12Stories We Tell$24,800-29%281$886$1,483,20510Roadside Attractions
13Crystal Fairy$24,000--2--$12,000$24,0001IFC Films
14Museum Hours$23,336-25%2-1$11,668$124,1843Cinema Guild
15Still Mine$21,000--4--$5,250$21,0001IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16G.I. Joe: Retaliation$17,000-50%41-22$415$122,511,24116Paramount
17Stuck in Love$12,754-64%15-6$850$61,6862Millennium Entertainment
18Byzantium$12,000-5%126$1,000$63,2263IFC Films
19Dealin' with Idiots$12,000--1--$12,000$12,0001IFC Films
20What Maisie Knew$9,615-37%131$740$1,044,57611Millenium Entertainment
21Viola$6,275--1--$6,275$6,2751Cinema Guild
22Pawn Shop Chronicles$4,670--15--$311$4,6701Anchor Bay Films