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, Apr. 18 - Sun, Apr. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$26,612,000-36%3,825-113$6,957$201,526,4543Disney
2Rio 2$22,500,000-43%3,97527$5,660$75,385,3802Fox
3Heaven is for Real$21,500,000--2,417--$8,895$28,534,1931Sony / TriStar
4Transcendence$11,150,000--3,455--$3,227$11,150,0001Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House 2$9,100,000--2,310--$3,939$9,100,0001Open Road
6Draft Day$5,900,000-40%2,7810$2,122$19,547,7872Lionsgate / Summit
7Divergent$5,750,000-22%2,486-624$2,313$133,914,8675Lionsgate / Summit
8Oculus$5,202,000-57%2,6480$1,965$21,191,3912Relativity Media
9Noah$5,000,000-34%2,537-745$1,971$93,273,8264Paramount
10God's Not Dead$4,801,218-13%1,796-64$2,673$48,326,5315Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Bears$4,774,000--1,720--$2,776$4,774,0001Disneynature
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,425,000-16%1,280-187$2,676$44,974,4017Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$1,068,000-53%929-1332$1,150$48,318,5535Disney
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$800,000-57%780-1221$1,026$107,176,5817Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Under the Skin (2014)$467,37366%176122$2,656$1,086,2413A24
4The LEGO Movie$434,000-14%340-270$1,276$252,293,59011Warner Bros.
5The Raid 2$410,880-57%539-415$762$2,266,4694Sony Pictures Classics
6The Lunchbox$396,96240%15829$2,512$2,267,9088Sony Pictures Classics
7Non-Stop (2014)$376,000-50%360-402$1,044$90,143,8608Universal
8Need For Speed$286,000-58%258-355$1,109$42,640,8836Disney / DreamWorks
9Le Week-End$277,00011%1494$1,859$1,597,7216Music Box Films
10Son of God$276,000-7%503-402$549$59,442,3378Fox
11Frozen (2013)$254,000-34%290-54$876$399,873,07322Disney
12300: Rise of an Empire$235,000-47%265-260$887$105,484,5777Warner Bros.
13Bad Words$175,000-71%223-540$785$7,573,3186Focus
14Dom Hemingway$142,000103%12987$1,101$297,3393Fox Searchlight
15The Nut Job$116,165-38%201-60$578$64,021,14114Open Road
16Sabotage (2014)$81,182-78%130-621$624$10,353,4434Open Road
17Make Your Move$81,000--142--$570$81,0001High Top Releasing
18Cesar Chavez$80,000-72%117-188$684$5,388,0474Lionsgate / Pantelion
193 Days to Kill$66,00067%11027$600$30,538,4769Relativity Media
20Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$47,000-44%114-21$412$15,926,7276Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$202,00044%370$5,459$834,0013Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Fading Gigolo$198,399--5--$39,680$198,3991Millennium Entertainment
3The Railway Man$176,092185%2622$6,773$264,2422Weinstein Company
4Finding Vivian Maier$148,00049%3818$3,895$506,3954IFC Films
5Only Lovers Left Alive$134,58853%1713$7,917$264,7602Sony Pictures Classics
6Joe (2014)$77,140-27%480$1,607$229,6342Roadside Attractions
7That Demon Within$65,000--16--$4,063$65,0001China Lion Film
8Jodorowsky's Dune$44,0134%318$1,420$311,9615Sony Pictures Classics
9The Unknown Known$33,589-47%49-31$685$225,5613RADiUS-TWC
10The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$25,08435%84$3,136$62,4253Zeitgeist Films
11Frankie & Alice$23,000-82%43-128$535$667,2813Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
12Dancing in Jaffa$18,00070%97$2,000$36,7362IFC Films
13Watermark$17,399110%85$2,175$41,4573eOne Films US
14Enemy$16,432-45%15-24$1,095$982,5176A24
15Godzilla: The Japanese Original$12,500--1--$12,500$12,5001Rialto Pictures
16Rob the Mob$11,983-60%13-17$922$174,9275Millennium Entertainment
1713 Sins$9,261--45--$206$9,2611RADiUS-TWC
18Hateship Loveship$9,00050%32$3,000$17,3292IFC Films
19Dallas Buyers Club$8,000-54%14-19$571$27,288,48225Focus
2020 Feet from Stardom$150-69%1-1$150$4,941,72745RADiUS-TWC