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, Aug. 16 - Sun, Aug. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$25,010,000--2,933--$8,527$25,010,0001Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$17,780,000-33%3,32565$5,347$69,513,4852Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$13,600,000-54%3,2840$4,141$55,914,3062Sony / TriStar
4Kick-Ass 2$13,568,000--2,940--$4,615$13,568,0001Universal
5Planes$13,141,000-41%3,71614$3,536$45,090,8682Disney
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,375,000-42%3,08049$2,719$38,903,6582Fox
7Jobs$6,700,000--2,381--$2,814$6,700,0001Open Road
82 Guns$5,572,000-50%2,471-557$2,255$59,221,3453Universal
9The Smurfs 2$4,600,000-51%2,349-1518$1,958$56,912,1893Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$4,425,000-45%2,058-809$2,150$120,458,1564Fox
11The Conjuring$3,910,000-41%2,001-649$1,954$127,862,8705Warner Bros. / New Line
12Despicable Me 2$3,781,000-36%1,818-577$2,080$345,987,1207Universal
13Paranoia$3,500,000--2,459--$1,423$3,500,0001Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$1,750,000-52%1,241-861$1,410$127,435,4306Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$2,359,3951%229110$10,303$9,489,9764Sony Pictures Classics
2Turbo$1,025,000-56%759-1012$1,350$77,604,2805Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Heat$880,000-55%691-660$1,274$155,471,6328Fox
4Chennai Express$842,000-62%190-6$4,432$3,963,2002UTV Motion Pictures
5Pacific Rim$725,000-53%444-536$1,633$98,401,4676Warner Bros.
6Red 2$720,000-63%715-859$1,007$50,994,8915Lionsgate / Summit
7The Way, Way Back$680,000-54%457-323$1,488$17,793,2407Fox Searchlight
8Fruitvale Station$513,000-64%477-351$1,075$14,632,5776Weinstein Company
9Monsters University$444,000-35%281-124$1,580$261,117,6049Disney
10World War Z$434,000-34%307-198$1,414$198,300,1339Paramount
11R.I.P.D.$232,000-49%203-275$1,143$32,436,3255Universal
12The Lone Ranger$228,000-22%184-77$1,239$87,712,9717Disney
13Star Trek Into Darkness$194,000-33%210-46$924$227,161,53214Paramount
14Now You See Me$150,0004%134-9$1,119$115,996,02712Lionsgate / Summit
15Fast & Furious 6$88,800-40%141-50$630$238,447,06513Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$418,98957%5536$7,618$1,080,9163A24
2In a World...$230,510227%3734$6,230$334,0672Roadside Attractions
320 Feet from Stardom$115,983-40%95-17$1,221$4,078,72810RADiUS-TWC
4Austenland$42,633--4--$10,658$42,6331Sony Pictures Classics
5Lovelace$37,800-80%48-70$788$316,9572RADiUS-TWC
6The Attack$34,510-61%30-15$1,150$1,441,1439Cohen Media Group
7Ain't Them Bodies Saints$28,800--3--$9,600$28,8001IFC Films
8I'm So Excited$23,642-54%31-21$763$1,274,0808Sony Pictures Classics
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$22,575-44%36-17$627$4,219,47211Roadside Attractions
10Tiny Times 2$22,000--6--$3,667$22,0001China Lion Film
11Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$21,500-65%32-45$672$32,219,1757Lionsgate / Summit
12Cutie and the Boxer$21,093--3--$7,031$21,0931RADiUS-TWC
13You Will Be My Son$15,469--1--$15,469$15,4691Cohen Media Group
14Mud$14,600-55%28-16$521$21,567,39517Roadside Attractions
15The Artist and the Model$9,406-49%50$1,881$67,0883Cohen Media Group
16Spark: A Burning Man Story$9,100--2--$4,550$9,1001Paladin / Film Buff
17Only God Forgives$8,698-41%16-1$544$765,3685RADiUS-TWC
18The Patience Stone$7,363--2--$3,682$9,7371Sony Pictures Classics
19The Bling Ring$5,296-69%18-22$294$5,824,03610A24
20Stuck in Love$3,066--5--$613$76,4057Millennium Entertainment
21Inch'Allah$3,000--1--$3,000$454,7901eOne Films US