Grosses

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Down Sharply from Wednesday, But Still #1 on Thursday with $9.96MDecember 19, 2014 12:55 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in $9.96 million on Thursday. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy was down a sharp 59 percent from Wednesday's performance. The large daily percentage decline on Thursday isn't the greatest initial sign going forward, though it should be noted that such a large percentage of Wednesday's reported gross coming from Tuesday night shows does inflate Thursday's percentage decrease a bit. In comparison, 2002's The Two Towers fell 47 percent on its first Thursday to gross $13.88 million. With a two-day start of $34.41 million, The Battle of the Five Armies is running 14 percent behind the $40.04 million take of The Two Towers. At its current pace, The Battle of the Five Armies appears headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $85 million.

Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings held steady in second place with $1.22 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down 7 percent from Wednesday. Exodus: Gods and Kings placed in second for the week (behind The Battle of the Five Armies) with a seven-day start of $30.84 million. While that was on the low end of pre-release expectations, the film is off to an underwhelming start with its price tag in mind and has been displaying early signs of being significantly front-loaded for a December release.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in $1.09 million to remain in third. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise increased 6 percent over Wednesday and was down a healthy 24 percent from last Thursday. Mockingjay - Part 1 placed in third for the week with $17.28 million. That represented a 38 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week total to $281.48 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 is now $18.52 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone.

Penguins of Madagascar placed in fourth for the day with $0.502 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was up 9 percent from Wednesday and down only 2 percent from last Thursday. Penguins of Madagascar placed in fourth for the week with $9.11 million. That was down 30 percent from the previous week and brings the film's 23-day total to an underwhelming $60.65 million.

Paramount's Top Five continued to claim sixth place with $0.439 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down 2 percent from Wednesday. Top Five rounded out the week's top five with a seven-day start of $8.89 million, which was on the low end of expectations. The film will be playing in 1,307 locations this weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Mar. 21 - Sun, Mar. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$54,607,747--3,936--$13,874$54,607,7471Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$17,005,126--3,194--$5,324$17,005,1261Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$11,832,558-46%3,607-344$3,280$81,134,9423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$8,504,075-56%3,085-405$2,757$93,592,1943Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$7,941,631-55%3,1150$2,549$30,565,5142Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$6,434,825-39%2,945-238$2,185$78,709,5554Universal
7The LEGO Movie$4,149,244-46%2,501-539$1,659$243,385,9187Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$3,103,057-62%1,8960$1,637$12,913,0812Lionsgate
9Son of God$2,719,425-51%2,139-851$1,271$55,669,0734Fox
10Frozen (2013)$735,601-66%1,069-397$688$397,744,86218Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$9,217,043--780--$11,817$9,217,0131Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,787,95587%304238$22,329$12,998,4743Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$951,149-54%938-656$1,014$75,684,8757Sony / Columbia
4Ride Along$627,355-54%650-374$965$133,120,35510Universal
53 Days to Kill$587,885-66%752-814$782$29,733,5275Relativity Media
6Veronica Mars$468,175-76%34756$1,349$2,832,9192Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$439,762-64%522-403$842$56,030,34723Fox Searchlight
8The Nut Job$336,447-30%335-70$1,004$62,600,84010Open Road
9American Hustle$232,315-62%281-222$827$149,806,72115Sony / Columbia
10RoboCop (2014)$228,411-73%328-637$696$57,082,5996Sony / Columbia
11Gravity$225,092-59%202-118$1,114$273,089,37525Warner Bros.
12Philomena$207,666-51%297-205$699$37,089,37118Weinstein Company
13The Wind Rises$204,350-53%150-155$1,362$4,689,1095Disney
14About Last Night$201,594-70%214-410$942$48,267,7646Sony / Screen Gems
15The Wolf of Wall Street$192,237-53%215-71$894$116,688,94313Paramount
16Tim's Vermeer$156,478-22%12920$1,213$1,242,8328Sony Pictures Classics
17Dallas Buyers Club$148,465-60%178-103$834$27,065,80921Focus
18Lone Survivor$141,370-47%211-105$670$124,810,30113Universal
19The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$135,467-45%224-53$605$258,039,17615Warner Bros. / New Line
20Pompeii$125,797-79%201-470$626$22,814,0305Sony / TriStar
21The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$114,898-44%211-57$545$424,532,47818Lionsgate
22Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$85,315-36%128-24$667$50,426,42810Paramount
23August: Osage County$62,169-41%141-62$441$37,601,05213Weinstein Company
24Winter's Tale$37,87889%14494$263$12,556,1576Warner Bros.
25Shaadi Ke Side Effects$3,579-69%1080$33$920,1264Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$505,044346%8781$5,805$660,8172Focus
2Enemy$197,6251123%9695$2,059$544,2382A24
3The Lunchbox$183,986107%3618$5,111$525,3634Sony Pictures Classics
4Nymphomaniac: Volume I$158,369--25--$6,335$158,3691Magnolia Pictures
5Le Week-End$136,008212%2522$5,440$200,1882Music Box Films
6Journey to the South Pacific$122,746-1%170$7,220$1,422,53117IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Jerusalem 3D$101,493-9%27-2$3,759$3,196,32427National Geographic
8Particle Fever$78,999-12%217$3,762$316,8443Abramorama / Bond 360
950 to 1$78,480--19--$4,131$78,4801Ten Furlongs
10That Awkward Moment$71,309-45%93-29$767$25,974,3108Focus
11Her (2013)$70,572-53%73-48$967$25,377,94214Warner Bros.
12On My Way$53,006403%2019$2,650$70,3282Cohen Media Group
13Hubble 3D$50,619-10%171$2,978$43,043,004210Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Saving Mr. Banks$49,758-35%76-31$655$83,201,60415Disney
15Anita (2014)$44,114--7--$6,302$44,1141IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16The Great Beauty$41,645-58%45-29$925$2,716,62819Janus Films
17Gloria (2014)$41,100-50%50-25$822$1,983,5159Roadside Attractions
18Jodorowsky's Dune$36,018--3--$12,006$36,0181Sony Pictures Classics
19The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$27,010-52%63-25$429$58,162,21713Fox
20Blood Ties$26,912--28--$961$26,9121Roadside Attractions
21Repentance$24,929-76%43-83$580$1,179,3274Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
22Thor: The Dark World$24,449-52%59-41$414$206,287,71320Disney
23A Birder's Guide to Everything$21,602--8--$2,700$21,6021Screen Media / Focus World
24Walking With Dinosaurs$21,495-43%59-39$364$36,020,02214Fox
25Cheap Thrills$18,638--2--$9,319$18,6381Drafthouse Films
26The Book Thief$16,469-44%31-16$531$21,431,88620Fox
27Rob the Mob$13,833--1--$13,833$13,8331Millennium Entertainment
28Vampire Academy$12,957269%3523$370$7,773,3527Weinstein Company
29To the Arctic 3D$12,601-7%124$1,050$13,910,227101Warner Bros. / IMAX
30The Invisible Woman$12,29611%16-2$769$1,194,74213Sony Pictures Classics
31Ernest & Celestine$10,867-73%7-2$1,552$93,7584GKIDS
32The Missing Picture$10,148--5--$2,030$12,7841Strand Releasing
33Stranger By the Lake$8,939-55%160$559$304,9349Strand Releasing
34Big Men$8,82117%32$2,940$19,8512Abramorama
35Child's Pose$8,368-3%102$837$62,8785Zeitgeist Films
36It Felt Like Love$8,211--1--$8,211$8,2111Variance Films
37Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$7,83415%4-7$1,959$107,8067Kino Lorber
38Stalingrad (2014)$7,167-78%13-57$551$987,7504Sony / Columbia
39Under the Sea 3D$6,708-17%83$839$33,801,434267Warner Bros. / IMAX
40The Past$6,543-43%20-3$327$1,306,55914Sony Pictures Classics
41Born to Be Wild 3D$6,26315%136$482$23,223,137155Warner Bros. / IMAX
42The Jewish Cardinal$5,861--4--$1,465$67,01111Film Movement
43The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$5,772-75%9-7$641$2,351,2738ShortsHD
44Better Living Through Chemistry$5,337-89%25-36$213$72,2732IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
45Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,236-42%18-5$235$8,316,02717Weinstein Company
46The Art of the Steal (2014)$3,930-90%15-45$262$61,4462RADiUS-TWC
47Blue Jasmine$3,849-78%12-15$321$33,401,34235Sony Pictures Classics
48When Comedy Went to School$3,834-52%71$548$354,90834International Film Circuit
49Generation War$3,457-71%4-2$864$87,11610Music Box Films
50Maidentrip$3,417183%75$488$60,22714First Run Features
51Girl on a Bicycle$2,907118%21$1,454$84,8546Monterey Media
52Grand Piano$2,771-45%103$277$14,2513Magnolia / Magnet
53Sweet Dreams (2013)$2,495--4--$624$38,16721International Film Circuit
5420 Feet from Stardom$2,362-76%7-11$337$4,935,16741RADiUS-TWC
55The Retrieval$1,683-77%10$1,683$9,6772Variance Films
56Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,406--1--$1,406$23,8147Rialto Pictures
57Journey to the West$1,359-2%41$340$14,3483Magnolia / Magnet
58Interior. Leather Bar.$1,216-68%10$1,216$37,29412Strand Releasing
59The Rocket (2013)$1,123-46%71$160$50,48711Kino Lorber
60Visitors$1,100-17%41$275$79,3029Cinedigm
61Beijing Love Story$938-81%1-3$938$427,8546China Lion Film
62Big Bad Wolves$90913%20$455$32,82810Magnolia / Magnet
63Deep Sea 3D$855--2--$428$46,027,284421Warner Bros. / IMAX
64Fire in the Blood$628--2--$314$27,54829International Film Circuit
65The Right Kind of Wrong$422-29%10$422$1,4182Magnolia Pictures
66Free the Mind$395--1--$395$156,14347International Film Circuit
67In Bloom$363-38%21$182$38,74711Big World Pictures