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, Oct. 25 - Sun, Oct. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$32,000,000--3,336--$9,592$32,000,0001Paramount
2Gravity$20,300,000-32%3,707-113$5,476$199,814,3614Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$11,800,000-28%3,143123$3,754$70,074,0433Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$8,000,000--3,044--$2,628$8,000,0001Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,100,000-37%3,111-491$1,961$100,611,2545Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$5,900,000-63%3,1570$1,869$26,021,3552Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$4,340,000-56%2,8830$1,505$17,423,5822Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$1,063,000-49%1,347-813$789$59,122,0626Warner Bros.
9Insidious: Chapter 2$883,000-41%1,229-436$718$82,136,3857FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$562,000-66%1,7690$318$2,839,4662Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$297,045-75%1,253-1285$237$7,260,4363Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$2,150,000133%123104$17,480$3,409,9432Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$1,555,000-11%83578$1,862$13,021,0926Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$697,000-45%677-520$1,030$25,852,8396Universal
4Baggage Claim$580,000-47%594-271$976$20,857,7685Fox Searchlight
5We're the Millers$577,000-22%786-95$734$148,556,23312Warner Bros. / New Line
6Runner Runner$540,000-68%969-1042$557$18,799,4204Fox
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$525,000-46%4581$1,146$1,735,1722High Top Releasing
8Don Jon$483,000-59%540-574$894$23,488,6235Relativity Media
9Despicable Me 2$381,000-22%379-16$1,005$364,239,26017Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$270,000-30%444-158$608$114,743,10311Weinstein Company
11Instructions Not Included$270,000-50%301-174$897$43,942,6169Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Pulling Strings$265,000-56%315-123$841$5,570,6734Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Planes$227,00049%321111$707$88,977,21512Disney
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$217,000-28%303-47$716$67,210,97412Fox
15Blue Jasmine$156,898-17%119-33$1,318$32,218,24614Sony Pictures Classics
16Grace Unplugged$120,700-49%208-105$580$2,366,8134Roadside Attractions
17The Family (2013)$82,000-62%218-265$376$36,478,7527Relativity Media
18Riddick$61,000-48%156-97$391$41,998,7308Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$517,700453%8175$6,391$655,8872Roadside Attractions
2Wadjda$132,492-6%8721$1,523$994,3717Sony Pictures Classics
3Blue Is the Warmest Color$101,116--4--$25,279$101,1161IFC Films
4Inequality for All$83,589-35%97-6$862$937,8585RADiUS-TWC
5Metallica Through The Never$50,803--22--$2,309$3,422,4095Picturehouse
6Kill Your Darlings$41,426-22%84$5,178$131,6342Sony Pictures Classics
7Romeo and Juliet (2013)$35,000-84%91-370$385$1,069,8953Relativity Media
8Austenland$33,710-9%43-4$784$2,010,92411Sony Pictures Classics
9Capital$22,400--2--$11,200$22,4001Cohen Media Group
10Spinning Plates$20,528--3--$6,843$20,5281The Film Arcade
11A.C.O.D.$17,426-62%19-23$917$157,6904The Film Arcade
12The Square (2013)$15,665--1--$15,665$15,6651Netflix Originals
13The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$14,000-83%49-98$286$487,6263Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
14Parkland$13,934-54%20-12$697$641,4394Exclusive Media
15Escape From Tomorrow$13,815-25%110$1,256$139,3343Producers Distribution Agency
16American Promise$12,837--4--$3,209$41,1612Rada Film Group
17The World's End$12,591-11%26-14$484$25,956,36010Focus
18Seasons of Gray$11,700-63%14-10$836$51,5472EchoLight Studios
1920 Feet from Stardom$9,05415%12-5$755$4,713,48820RADiUS-TWC
20The Spectacular Now$7,011-69%24-30$292$6,830,36613A24
21Mother of George$7,000--7--$1,000$137,4027Oscilloscope
22After Tiller$2,500--6--$417$56,0756Oscilloscope
23Broadway Idiot$166-99%1-5$166$23,3753FilmBuff