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 Extended Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Extended Weekend

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$70,000,000--4,248--$16,478$70,000,0001Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$46,878,000-16%3,918-331$11,965$523,562,7884Disney
3Battleship$13,768,664-46%3,70212$3,719$47,274,0092Universal
4The Dictator$11,755,000-33%3,0146$3,900$43,603,1042Paramount
5Dark Shadows$9,405,000-25%3,404-351$2,763$64,887,8963Warner Bros.
6Chernobyl Diaries$9,300,000--2,433--$3,822$9,300,0001Warner Bros.
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$8,850,000-16%3,0210$2,929$23,871,2482Lionsgate
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$8,225,000155%1,233879$6,671$18,428,4964Fox Searchlight
9The Hunger Games$2,850,000-3%1,421-643$2,006$395,858,78510Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,800,000-32%786-936$2,290$88,671,9416Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,485,000-6%884-956$1,680$27,689,3045Sony / Columbia
3Bernie$1,161,151136%19499$5,985$2,512,9575Millennium Entertainment
4The Lucky One (2012)$700,000-61%615-1390$1,138$58,412,8336Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$657,15043%39011$1,685$211,020,92013Universal
6The Five-Year Engagement$379,490-66%274-901$1,385$28,034,7755Universal
7The Three Stooges$350,000-20%325-269$1,077$42,331,3547Fox
8The Cabin in the Woods$235,000-38%203-245$1,158$40,993,7217Lionsgate
9Girl in Progress$165,000-64%143-179$1,154$2,443,2733Lionsgate / Pantelion
10American Reunion$115,500-56%165-125$700$56,707,6058Universal
11Safe (2012)$75,000-75%112-391$670$16,811,9535Lionsgate
12Bully (2012)$50,400-44%104-100$485$3,304,8739Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$669,486--4--$167,372$669,4861Focus
2Crooked Arrows$182,642-29%6712$2,726$501,0772Branded/Peck Films
3Hysteria$177,255397%3227$5,539$233,0612Sony Pictures Classics
4The Intouchables$137,438--4--$34,360$137,4381Weinstein Company
5Darling Companion$81,21438%611$1,331$535,0496Sony Pictures Classics
6Where Do We Go Now?$70,016196%2513$2,801$133,2833Sony Pictures Classics
7Titanic 3D$42,000-17%42-28$1,000$57,809,5918Paramount
8A Thousand Words$40,000-30%59-51$678$18,438,11812Paramount
9OC87$7,500--1--$7,500$7,5001Fisher Klingenstein Films