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, Jan. 24 - Sun, Jan. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$21,200,000-49%2,75996$7,684$75,445,3102Universal
2Lone Survivor$12,600,000-43%3,162173$3,985$93,613,9615Universal
3The Nut Job$12,316,000-37%3,47245$3,547$40,271,2452Open Road
4Frozen (2013)$9,035,000-23%2,757-222$3,277$347,815,20510Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$8,800,000-43%3,3870$2,598$30,168,1332Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$8,275,000--2,753--$3,006$8,275,0001Lionsgate
7American Hustle$7,100,000-28%2,304100$3,082$127,038,7537Sony / Columbia
8August: Osage County$5,041,000-32%2,411360$2,091$26,526,5015Weinstein Company
9The Wolf of Wall Street$5,000,000-29%1,804-126$2,772$98,030,4545Paramount
10Devil's Due$2,750,000-67%2,5440$1,081$12,885,9632Fox
11Her (2013)$2,285,000-43%1,325-404$1,725$19,175,4086Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,165,000-42%1,285-530$1,685$252,343,9247Warner Bros. / New Line
13Saving Mr. Banks$2,135,000-45%1,660-789$1,286$79,212,3627Disney
14Dallas Buyers Club$2,045,000117%1,110691$1,842$20,373,70713Focus
15Gravity$2,020,0008%1,260316$1,603$261,203,46917Warner Bros.
1612 Years a Slave$2,015,00031%1,231470$1,637$43,543,81715Fox Searchlight
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,550,000-37%1,051-277$1,475$420,031,96810Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$1,200,000-65%1,371-733$875$17,012,2083Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$1,435,00062%968560$1,482$11,602,97411Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$1,031,000-18%5050$2,042$25,769,57910Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$830,000-62%824-907$1,007$123,815,8666Paramount
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$720,950--385--$1,873$720,9501Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$640,000-51%540-497$1,185$56,374,7335Fox
6Inside Llewyn Davis$504,000-50%289-296$1,744$11,993,3478CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$328,000-37%302-601$1,086$106,260,01816Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$290,000-79%527-1042$550$32,087,3684Paramount
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$280,000-4%242-14$1,157$118,882,23018Sony / Columbia
10The Invisible Woman$277,545219%153127$1,814$601,9635Sony Pictures Classics
1147 Ronin$246,000-45%239-104$1,029$38,048,5005Universal
12Last Vegas$82,000-34%159-35$516$63,747,70713CBS Films
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$53,000-69%132-259$402$52,330,5807Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Past$110,95714%333$3,362$533,7386Sony Pictures Classics
2The Great Beauty$108,893-21%51-3$2,135$1,455,90911Janus Films
3Gloria (2014)$58,775--3--$19,592$58,7751Roadside Attractions
4Blue Jasmine$33,016-27%368$917$33,202,45227Sony Pictures Classics
5Visitors$10,742--1--$10,742$10,7421Cinedigm
6American Mustang$4,400-44%10$4,400$13,0682Vitagraph / Just Media