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.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Jan. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,643,640-16%2,55720$643$68,117,4762Paramount
2American Hustle$1,295,946-13%2,51811$515$91,754,3274Sony / Columbia
3Frozen (2013)$1,179,790-38%3,318-17$356$301,501,5437Disney
4The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,171,342-25%3,730-198$314$233,100,2484Warner Bros. / New Line
5Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$862,663-25%3,407-100$253$111,642,7313Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$844,607-18%2,1100$400$61,535,4744Disney
7Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$842,019-26%2,867--$294$21,420,3861Paramount
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$646,989-27%2,92213$221$47,699,8412Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$523,378-22%2,143-172$244$408,896,1537Lionsgate
1047 Ronin$484,215-29%2,6901$180$34,395,8602Universal
11Grudge Match$388,328-26%2,85618$136$26,170,0422Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$195,843-35%2,560-683$77$32,148,8583Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$118,972-24%1,474-314$81$50,655,3254Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$104,075-16%1,01035$103$7,383,9156Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$40,668-23%1,0370$39$6,114,5062Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$282,39318%607-120$465$20,250,7207Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$145,8914%156-5$935$7,282,2245CBS Films
3Nebraska$91,24114%240-10$380$7,228,7988Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$66,5910%329-152$202$19,278,2209Fox
5Gravity$44,440-6%165-10$269$255,754,35014Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$44,0297%151-3$292$38,590,16912Fox Searchlight
7Dallas Buyers Club$39,8048%1284$311$16,402,48010Focus
8Thor: The Dark World$39,457-20%291-28$136$203,582,0369Disney
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$24,802-33%278-25$89$117,714,06015Sony / Columbia
10Last Vegas$24,194-12%25736$94$63,187,00610CBS Films
11Dhoom 3$21,786-34%138-82$158$7,916,6983Yash Raj Films
12Ender's Game$19,124-11%242-7$79$61,716,91210Lionsgate / Summit
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$17,404-4%220-37$79$101,677,54611Paramount
14Free Birds$15,067-22%25310$60$54,951,17710Relativity Media
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$10,439-10%13399$78$116,324,43321Weinstein Company
16Delivery Man$9,611-14%1459$66$29,886,9017Disney / DreamWorks
17The Best Man Holiday$7,835-7%13010$60$70,516,7708Universal
18Despicable Me 2$6,040-20%151-14$40$367,977,90527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$113,68411%470$2,419$3,291,5173Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$16,64916%50$3,330$526,7882Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$12,06460%20$6,032$355,4342Universal
4All Is Lost$6,32417%714$89$6,064,85112Roadside Attractions
5Enough Said$6,188157%23-4$269$17,510,71616Fox Searchlight
6Escape Plan$4,554-10%84-23$54$25,077,65712Lionsgate / Summit
7Out of the Furnace$3,62219%59-43$61$11,197,0185Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,138-31%39-14$29$68,522,67322Fox
9Don Jon$485-38%21-10$23$24,477,47615Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$33418%19-10$18$36,918,56617Relativity Media
11Black Nativity$307-21%15-9$20$7,013,2656Fox Searchlight