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.

Weekly domestic gross

WeekTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 11)$63,265,254-49%$87,343,000-47%Guardians of the Galaxy
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 06)$85,426,599-29%$114,101,000-26%Ride Along
49 (Dec 05 - Dec 11)$87,660,059-51%$101,150,000-48%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 18)$91,833,86445%$115,981,00033%No Good Deed (2014)
44 (Oct 31 - Nov 06)$99,964,533-21%$129,784,000-14%Nightcrawler
50 (Dec 12 - Dec 18)$114,600,84131%$128,273,00027%Exodus: Gods and Kings
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 25)$114,768,66225%$132,059,00014%The Maze Runner
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 27)$117,537,472-44%$142,091,000-41%The LEGO Movie
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 30)$120,508,099-41%$154,687,000-37%Ride Along
39 (Sep 26 - Oct 02)$122,343,7867%$138,699,0005%The Equalizer
35 (Aug 29 - Sep 04)$122,883,981-6%$163,465,0004%Guardians of the Galaxy
17 (Apr 25 - May 01)$125,165,476-20%$151,557,000-16%The Other Woman (2014)
43 (Oct 24 - Oct 30)$126,307,561-16%$151,200,000-12%Ouija
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 20)$127,965,571-25%$149,568,000-23%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 28)$130,765,914-26%$157,657,000-23%Guardians of the Galaxy
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 06)$132,712,05313%$159,661,00012%Non-Stop (2014)
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 16)$150,397,106-6%$188,786,000-1%Lone Survivor
42 (Oct 17 - Oct 23)$150,451,372-16%$172,254,000-16%Fury (2014)
46 (Nov 14 - Nov 20)$154,643,374-22%$174,408,000-20%Dumb and Dumber To
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 24)$156,755,754-16%$181,228,000-11%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 09)$159,343,109--$190,069,000--Frozen (2013)
13 (Mar 28 - Apr 03)$159,801,347-6%$181,733,000-3%Noah
19 (May 09 - May 15)$160,996,916-8%$179,009,000-7%Neighbors (2014)
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 13)$161,597,23089%$192,940,00069%The LEGO Movie
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 27)$170,465,44533%$188,052,00026%Divergent
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 13)$170,490,79928%$193,723,00021%300: Rise of an Empire
40 (Oct 03 - Oct 09)$175,329,01643%$193,066,00039%Gone Girl
18 (May 02 - May 08)$175,759,58740%$193,165,00027%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 10)$176,616,643-32%$204,661,000-29%Transformers: Age of Extinction
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 21)$176,836,799-28%$203,647,000-26%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
41 (Oct 10 - Oct 16)$178,679,7542%$204,967,0006%Gone Girl
48 (Nov 28 - Dec 04)$180,547,923-35%$195,621,000-35%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 17)$186,574,452-5%$203,310,000-4%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 24)$191,126,930-5%$220,449,000-3%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$192,387,4451%$228,446,0004%Lucy
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 10)$196,678,72423%$212,524,00017%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
45 (Nov 07 - Nov 13)$197,207,68097%$217,787,00068%Big Hero 6
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 17)$200,657,60514%$226,676,00011%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 23)$203,205,96535%$246,792,00031%Ride Along
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 26)$203,528,148-22%$220,078,000-20%22 Jump Street
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 20)$208,274,58529%$241,277,00025%The LEGO Movie
20 (May 16 - May 22)$216,442,29134%$232,164,00030%Godzilla (2014)
22 (May 30 - Jun 05)$216,842,737-15%$230,493,000-17%Maleficent
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 12)$220,504,2242%$235,537,0002%The Fault in Our Stars
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 07)$240,966,02025%$271,893,00019%Guardians of the Galaxy
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 14)$246,226,8392%$276,135,0002%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
21 (May 23 - May 29)$256,416,76318%$276,208,00019%X-Men: Days of Future Past
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 19)$259,565,76818%$274,816,00017%22 Jump Street
26 (Jun 27 - Jul 03)$260,558,19728%$289,843,00032%Transformers: Age of Extinction
47 (Nov 21 - Nov 27)$279,179,00181%$300,672,00072%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1