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.

Weekend domestic gross

WeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
47 (Nov 21 - Nov 23)$184,467,35547%$193,539,06338%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 15)$177,277,72215%$186,942,08015%22 Jump Street
21 (May 23 - May 25)$175,346,8225%$187,232,5075%X-Men: Days of Future Past
26 (Jun 27 - Jun 29)$171,037,68226%$180,004,11323%Transformers: Age of Extinction
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 10)$169,712,5051%$186,189,3020%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 03)$167,783,61527%$186,309,03620%Guardians of the Galaxy
20 (May 16 - May 18)$167,395,91435%$178,372,83331%Godzilla (2014)
22 (May 30 - Jun 01)$157,680,341-10%$166,449,158-11%Maleficent
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 06)$155,800,77425%$167,154,07919%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 16)$155,759,46817%$178,151,93917%The LEGO Movie
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 08)$153,810,858-2%$162,885,920-2%The Fault in Our Stars
48 (Nov 28 - Nov 30)$151,851,533-18%$162,113,441-16%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 19)$146,864,92431%$176,250,39825%Ride Along
45 (Nov 07 - Nov 09)$142,643,89591%$156,969,71566%Big Hero 6
18 (May 02 - May 04)$141,515,37545%$153,996,10832%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
40 (Oct 03 - Oct 05)$136,249,16142%$148,956,33639%Gone Girl
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 22)$135,785,499-23%$145,793,829-22%Think Like a Man Too
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 13)$133,801,34416%$150,142,27813%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 09)$132,710,403101%$152,816,95778%The LEGO Movie
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 27)$132,017,6591%$154,705,0344%Lucy
41 (Oct 10 - Oct 12)$131,948,473-3%$150,548,4601%Gone Girl
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 13)$131,084,472-16%$140,004,458-16%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 20)$130,550,571-2%$149,169,987-1%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 23)$129,583,26131%$141,358,71724%Divergent
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 09)$127,539,95523%$143,771,58816%300: Rise of an Empire
46 (Nov 14 - Nov 16)$125,728,488-12%$140,405,563-11%Dumb and Dumber To
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 17)$124,986,010-26%$142,778,857-23%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
13 (Mar 28 - Mar 30)$124,746,109-4%$140,571,703-1%Noah
19 (May 09 - May 11)$123,849,070-12%$136,682,787-11%Neighbors (2014)
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 05)$118,936,215--$141,175,697--Frozen (2013)
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 20)$116,260,430-11%$133,362,817-5%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 06)$115,345,546-33%$132,400,546-26%Transformers: Age of Extinction
42 (Oct 17 - Oct 19)$115,233,422-13%$131,464,508-13%Fury (2014)
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 12)$112,448,084-5%$140,546,7740%Lone Survivor
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 02)$104,089,48010%$123,511,32011%Non-Stop (2014)
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 16)$98,624,322-23%$113,857,743-21%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
17 (Apr 25 - Apr 27)$97,473,803-16%$116,764,238-12%The Other Woman (2014)
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 24)$97,178,514-22%$114,841,162-20%Guardians of the Galaxy
43 (Oct 24 - Oct 26)$97,071,579-16%$115,800,273-12%Ouija
39 (Sep 26 - Sep 28)$95,966,6317%$107,209,9235%The Equalizer
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 23)$94,308,705-39%$111,652,840-37%The LEGO Movie
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 26)$93,470,922-36%$118,117,092-33%Ride Along
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 21)$90,003,66723%$102,539,62313%The Maze Runner
35 (Aug 29 - Aug 31)$82,775,516-15%$109,332,503-5%Guardians of the Galaxy
44 (Oct 31 - Nov 02)$74,844,096-23%$94,837,524-18%Ouija
50 (Dec 12 - Dec 14)$73,806,3598%$82,785,1347%Exodus: Gods and Kings
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 14)$73,297,49352%$91,079,82439%No Good Deed (2014)
49 (Dec 05 - Dec 07)$68,103,918-55%$77,065,205-52%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 02)$65,887,288-30%$86,072,092-27%Ride Along
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 07)$48,083,368-42%$65,655,749-40%Guardians of the Galaxy