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. 27 - Sun, Dec. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$29,850,000-5%3,9280$7,599$190,319,5463Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$28,845,00047%3,335-205$8,649$248,366,4766Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$20,150,000-23%3,5070$5,746$83,667,0182Paramount
4American Hustle$19,550,0002%2,5070$7,798$60,000,3533Sony / Columbia
5The Wolf of Wall Street$18,510,000--2,537--$7,296$34,301,5591Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$14,021,00050%2,1100$6,645$37,843,6173Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$13,000,000--2,909--$4,469$25,594,9601Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$10,200,00016%2,315-634$4,406$391,123,8436Lionsgate
947 Ronin$9,869,000--2,689--$3,670$20,571,2201Universal
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$7,400,000-12%1,788-406$4,139$43,719,0763Lionsgate
11Grudge Match$7,310,000--2,838--$2,576$13,428,2221Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$7,100,0000%3,24312$2,189$20,768,3062Fox
13Justin Bieber's Believe$2,014,000--1,037--$1,942$4,276,5001Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,422,0008186%975971$2,484$4,731,4685Weinstein Company
2Philomena$1,829,00051%727-11$2,516$16,506,4236Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$1,254,57416%16113$7,792$4,625,2894CBS Films
4Nebraska$800,00042%250-60$3,200$5,773,8057Paramount Vantage
5Thor: The Dark World$660,000-51%319-797$2,069$202,387,5378Disney
6The Book Thief$640,000-15%481-199$1,331$17,910,4928Fox
7Gravity$525,00022%175-127$3,000$254,610,40413Warner Bros.
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$515,00074%303-10$1,700$116,607,31314Sony / Columbia
912 Years a Slave$388,0005%154-147$2,519$37,813,98411Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$292,000175%24962$1,173$61,192,0269Lionsgate / Summit
11Dallas Buyers Club$286,805-25%124-206$2,313$15,738,6019Focus
12Last Vegas$247,000-2%221-112$1,118$62,686,7619CBS Films
13The Best Man Holiday$246,000-37%120-231$2,050$70,279,2707Universal
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$238,00023%257-21$926$101,267,11110Paramount
15Free Birds$214,000212%24359$881$54,422,0229Relativity Media
16Despicable Me 2$134,00036%165-32$812$367,741,66026Universal
17Delivery Man$120,000-75%136-527$882$29,647,5956Disney / DreamWorks
18Escape Plan$70,0009%107-31$654$24,958,08111Lionsgate / Summit
19Out of the Furnace$45,000-86%102-626$441$11,125,7514Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$645,000148%4741$13,723$1,537,3212Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$179,475--5--$35,895$179,4751Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$92,468--2--$46,234$155,4351Universal
4The Great Beauty$73,3447%420$1,746$785,5737Janus Films
5All Is Lost$63,95032%66-17$969$5,946,90011Roadside Attractions
6Personal Tailor$51,000-55%90$5,667$253,7222China Lion Film
7The Past$39,24034%52$7,848$93,2442Sony Pictures Classics
8The Invisible Woman$37,149--3--$12,383$58,2651Sony Pictures Classics
920 Feet from Stardom$4,22345%8-2$528$4,813,89729RADiUS-TWC
10Inequality for All$40214%1-1$402$1,191,39414RADiUS-TWC