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, Jul. 4 - Sun, Jul. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$36,400,000-64%4,2330$8,599$174,745,7692Paramount
2Tammy$21,170,000--3,465--$6,110$32,899,5401Warner Bros. / New Line
3Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$9,500,000--3,049--$3,116$15,011,8521Sony / Screen Gems
422 Jump Street$9,400,000-41%3,324-102$2,828$158,866,2934Sony / Columbia
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$8,750,000-34%3,297-453$2,654$140,004,3644Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$8,250,000--3,230--$2,554$13,452,8991Relativity Media
7Maleficent$6,133,000-27%2,389-684$2,567$213,893,4886Disney
8Jersey Boys$5,160,000-33%2,630-275$1,962$36,695,7953Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$4,900,000-53%1,729-496$2,834$57,198,7243Sony / Screen Gems
10Edge of Tomorrow$3,640,000-33%1,538-997$2,367$90,867,1535Warner Bros.
11America (2014)$2,725,0006958%1,1051102$2,466$4,043,9682Lionsgate
12The Fault in Our Stars$2,450,000-52%1,865-980$1,314$115,853,5295Fox
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,840,000-45%1,044-970$1,762$227,060,0027Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,678,0001%686-115$2,446$22,039,7529Open Road
2Begin Again$1,316,000882%175170$7,520$1,854,2492Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$998,325483%250242$3,993$1,499,8442RADiUS-TWC
4Godzilla (2014)$418,000-55%352-398$1,188$197,901,6148Warner Bros.
5Neighbors (2014)$394,000-50%315-195$1,251$148,015,6309Universal
6Obvious Child$382,652-30%2026$1,894$1,926,7265A24
7Rio 2$354,000-20%311-11$1,138$128,857,12813Fox
8Captain America: The Winter Soldier$338,000-16%251-30$1,347$257,847,89114Disney
9A Million Ways to Die in the West$268,000-52%227-256$1,181$42,251,1706Universal
10Ida (2014)$220,000-17%100-32$2,200$2,852,08410Music Box Films
11Belle$190,000-26%123-52$1,545$9,999,71910Fox Searchlight
12A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$160,000--102--$1,569$160,0001Janus Films
13The Other Woman (2014)$97,000-40%142-53$683$83,603,60711Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Third Person$119,85961%3416$3,525$291,7943Sony Pictures Classics
2Words and Pictures$91,300-33%58-47$1,574$1,886,4117Roadside Attractions
3Le Chef$42,20019%18-1$2,344$116,9523Cohen Media Group
4Yves Saint Laurent$38,72260%108$3,872$93,2832Weinstein Company
5The Breakup Guru$35,000-44%10-2$3,500$146,1972China Lion Film
6A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$15,14233%42$3,786$57,4023Big World Pictures
7Fading Gigolo$12,427-49%12-12$1,036$3,748,45612Millennium Entertainment
8The Rover$10,652-89%21-226$507$1,025,2764A24
9Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$7,872-67%12-19$656$194,1285RADiUS-TWC
10Frozen (2013)$7,00035%11-3$636$400,728,19833Disney
11Code Black$6,952-68%1-1$6,952$51,3063Long Shot Factory