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. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lone Survivor$2,817,500-22%2,8752873$980$47,978,2463Universal
2American Hustle$1,011,962-23%2,629111$385$104,577,0915Sony / Columbia
3The Wolf of Wall Street$1,000,355-23%2,521-36$397$81,742,3233Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$751,353-23%3,239-79$232$319,808,2588Disney
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$594,455-24%3,075-655$193$244,222,6395Warner Bros. / New Line
6Saving Mr. Banks$552,107-20%2,671561$207$70,678,2645Disney
7Her (2013)$507,059-20%1,7291682$293$10,446,3424Warner Bros.
8The Legend Of Hercules$482,113-20%2,104--$229$10,557,4051Lionsgate / Summit
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$394,486-21%3,012-395$131$119,562,7074Paramount
10Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$340,565-24%2,88316$118$29,643,2812Paramount
11The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$290,785-18%1,762-381$165$414,714,2378Lionsgate
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$287,625-21%2,584-338$111$53,527,2113Fox
1347 Ronin$163,080-29%1,359-1331$120$37,008,1803Universal
14Grudge Match$116,423-24%2,005-851$58$28,810,7993Warner Bros.
15Walking With Dinosaurs$60,091-23%1,339-1221$45$33,916,1314Fox
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$46,238-20%1,040-434$44$52,009,6905Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1August: Osage County$700,110-15%905900$774$9,852,7603Weinstein Company
2Philomena$199,789-8%6070$329$22,524,3328Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$175,630-14%729573$241$9,861,3656CBS Films
4Nebraska$129,030-11%521281$248$8,606,3979Paramount Vantage
5The Book Thief$46,270-11%303-26$153$19,879,93110Fox
612 Years a Slave$45,358-13%114-37$398$39,047,65313Fox Searchlight
7Captain Phillips$44,212230%903--$49$105,054,50714Sony / Columbia
8Dallas Buyers Club$42,298-16%125-3$338$16,811,46711Focus
9Gravity$38,356-17%155-10$247$256,352,54115Warner Bros.
10Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$31,993-17%363-647$88$7,860,7467Weinstein Company
11Thor: The Dark World$25,925-13%257-34$101$204,014,66010Disney
12Last Vegas$20,816-19%240-17$87$63,456,33611CBS Films
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$15,911-9%264-14$60$118,117,93616Sony / Columbia
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,192-9%192-28$58$101,865,45012Paramount
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,520-18%1363$63$116,454,70522Weinstein Company
16Free Birds$7,787-14%232-21$34$55,147,62411Relativity Media
17Despicable Me 2$4,0950%137-14$30$368,061,26528Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$5,69850%69-2$83$6,130,79213Roadside Attractions
2Justin Bieber's Believe$4,475-43%75-962$60$6,205,5633Open Road
3Escape Plan$3,584-9%77-7$47$25,132,22813Lionsgate / Summit
4Out of the Furnace$2,0093%37-22$54$11,220,5176Relativity Media
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$621-27%33-6$19$68,539,84423Fox
6Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$12043%1--$120$3,5561Anchor Bay Films