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, Dec. 13 - Sun, Dec. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$73,675,000--3,903--$18,877$73,675,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$22,184,000-30%3,716-26$5,970$164,388,0734Disney
3Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$16,000,000--2,194--$7,293$16,000,0001Lionsgate
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$13,150,000-50%3,563-600$3,691$356,981,9974Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$2,700,000-44%2,264-810$1,193$198,125,6896Disney
6Out of the Furnace$2,320,000-56%2,1010$1,104$9,468,4622Relativity Media
7Delivery Man$1,872,000-50%2,041-864$917$27,994,6844Disney / DreamWorks
8The Book Thief$1,675,000-36%1,158-158$1,446$14,876,7686Fox
9Homefront$1,637,000-52%2,102-468$779$18,437,8693Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,756,000-20%8350$2,103$11,018,9784Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,129,592-25%574-160$1,968$14,256,4577Focus
3The Best Man Holiday$1,000,000-62%922-655$1,085$68,964,0055Universal
4Nebraska$850,00063%250137$3,400$3,315,9995Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$733,000-39%503-397$1,457$252,766,60811Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$685,000-40%497-585$1,378$36,316,6889Fox Searchlight
7Captain Phillips$285,000-44%323-317$882$104,011,85810Sony / Columbia
8Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$255,000-69%456-701$559$100,550,5928Paramount
9Ender's Game$213,000-56%331-277$644$60,519,5927Lionsgate / Summit
10All Is Lost$163,39253%261114$626$5,710,4619Roadside Attractions
11Despicable Me 2$142,000-17%223-29$637$367,354,05024Universal
12Black Nativity$135,000-87%260-1265$519$6,869,4863Fox Searchlight
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$105,000-36%175-137$600$115,415,34612Sony / Columbia
14Blue Jasmine$100,904269%302267$334$32,898,76621Sony Pictures Classics
15About Time$98,000-56%143-123$685$15,199,1137Universal
16Free Birds$95,000-72%283-919$336$53,976,0337Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$93,000150%16786$557$24,720,0959Lionsgate / Summit
18The Christmas Candle$88,085-49%190-116$464$2,112,9955EchoLight Studios
19Oldboy (2013)$34,000-89%151-432$225$2,163,0133FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$690,000--6--$115,000$690,0001Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$421,000--15--$28,067$421,0001Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$344,000-15%1511$22,933$897,5322CBS Films
4The Great Beauty$84,889-5%355$2,425$526,3895Janus Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$31,809-58%40$7,952$237,8043Weinstein Company
6The Armstrong Lie$30,779-15%46-31$669$292,9166Sony Pictures Classics
720 Feet from Stardom$12,389378%3222$387$4,794,46927RADiUS-TWC
8Spinning Plates$4,817-44%60$803$109,8588The Film Arcade
9Inequality for All$2,801-78%11-3$255$1,187,54012RADiUS-TWC