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 Tue, Jan. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lone Survivor$3,623,02510%2,8752873$1,260$45,160,7463Universal
2American Hustle$1,306,96532%2,629111$497$103,565,1295Sony / Columbia
3The Wolf of Wall Street$1,293,86527%2,521-36$513$80,741,9683Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$976,35928%3,239-79$301$319,056,9058Disney
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$783,23627%3,075-655$255$243,628,1845Warner Bros. / New Line
6Saving Mr. Banks$689,86436%2,671561$258$70,126,1575Disney
7Her (2013)$632,10321%1,7291682$366$9,939,2834Warner Bros.
8The Legend Of Hercules$606,0821%2,104--$288$10,075,2921Lionsgate / Summit
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$497,84420%3,012-395$165$119,168,2214Paramount
10Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$447,19312%2,88316$155$29,302,7162Paramount
11The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$365,31430%2,584-338$141$53,239,5863Fox
12The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$353,65420%1,762-381$201$414,423,4528Lionsgate
1347 Ronin$231,03036%1,359-1331$170$36,845,1003Universal
14Grudge Match$152,46316%2,005-851$76$28,694,3763Warner Bros.
15Walking With Dinosaurs$78,35025%1,339-1221$59$33,856,0404Fox
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$57,80614%1,040-434$56$51,963,4525Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1August: Osage County$824,45532%905900$911$9,152,6503Weinstein Company
2Philomena$217,47931%6070$358$22,324,5438Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$203,74523%729573$279$9,685,7356CBS Films
4Nebraska$145,77425%521281$280$8,477,3679Paramount Vantage
5The Book Thief$52,09034%303-26$172$19,833,66110Fox
612 Years a Slave$52,03614%114-37$456$39,002,29513Fox Searchlight
7Dallas Buyers Club$50,52938%125-3$404$16,769,16911Focus
8Gravity$46,0396%155-10$297$256,314,18515Warner Bros.
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$38,32227%363-647$106$7,828,7537Weinstein Company
10Thor: The Dark World$29,71021%257-34$116$203,988,73510Disney
11Last Vegas$25,62347%240-17$107$63,435,52011CBS Films
12Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$17,40411%264-14$66$118,102,02516Sony / Columbia
13Captain Phillips$13,38843%114--$117$105,010,29514Sony / Columbia
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$12,2704%192-28$64$101,854,25812Paramount
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$10,41321%1363$77$116,446,18522Weinstein Company
16Free Birds$9,0759%232-21$39$55,139,83711Relativity Media
17Despicable Me 2$4,11020%137-14$30$368,057,17028Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Justin Bieber's Believe$7,85127%75-962$105$6,201,0883Open Road
2Escape Plan$3,94116%77-7$51$25,128,64413Lionsgate / Summit
3All Is Lost$3,809-71%69-2$55$6,125,09413Roadside Attractions
4Out of the Furnace$1,94613%37-22$53$11,218,5086Relativity Media
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8468%33-6$26$68,539,22323Fox
6Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$84-33%1--$84$3,4361Anchor Bay Films