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 Sat, Jan. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$16,683,69516%2,663--$6,265$31,090,5251Universal
2Lone Survivor$10,312,05055%2,989114$3,450$67,787,6414Universal
3The Nut Job$8,752,00082%3,427--$2,554$13,559,0001Open Road
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$6,852,03828%3,387--$2,023$12,202,2291Paramount
5Frozen (2013)$5,282,199110%2,979-260$1,773$328,428,8369Disney
6American Hustle$4,615,70363%2,204-425$2,094$113,287,1996Sony / Columbia
7The Wolf of Wall Street$3,236,56359%1,930-591$1,677$88,050,9554Paramount
8August: Osage County$3,234,37755%2,0511146$1,577$15,916,2814Weinstein Company
9Devil's Due$3,007,853-13%2,544--$1,182$6,477,3471Fox
10Saving Mr. Banks$1,788,51063%2,449-222$730$74,131,3176Disney
11Her (2013)$1,765,51552%1,7290$1,021$13,923,0665Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,751,11196%1,815-1260$965$247,465,1766Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$1,476,85263%2,1040$702$13,357,4342Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,144,41981%1,328-434$862$416,775,2769Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$974,28749%1,731-1281$563$121,561,5785Paramount
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$600,66362%1,037-1547$579$54,768,3444Fox
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$571,01529%1,569-1314$364$30,947,9043Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$910,71696%944789$965$257,786,78816Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$710,15380%761647$933$40,208,81214Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$560,93061%505-102$1,111$23,672,1669Weinstein Company
4Inside Llewyn Davis$484,63477%585-144$828$10,797,1237CBS Films
5Dallas Buyers Club$421,62877%419294$1,006$17,531,39312Focus
6Nebraska$417,02571%408-113$1,022$9,436,06610Paramount Vantage
7Captain Phillips$251,97982%903789$279$105,508,00915Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$190,36539%343-1016$555$37,476,4554Universal
9Walking With Dinosaurs$150,348136%454-885$331$34,190,7185Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$138,894124%256-8$543$118,335,32517Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$101,40452%190-113$534$20,098,38211Fox
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$81,74680%391-649$209$52,178,9576Lionsgate
13Grudge Match$72,36362%408-1597$177$29,021,1094Warner Bros.
14Last Vegas$58,29265%194-46$300$63,572,09212CBS Films
15Free Birds$56,748143%199-33$285$55,235,89912Relativity Media
16Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$37,19360%154-38$242$101,937,61513Paramount
17Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$30,87213%122-241$253$7,954,5398Weinstein Company
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$29,42254%119-17$247$116,513,32823Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$19,78176%62-7$319$6,167,13414Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$18,77155%9760$194$11,253,3287Relativity Media
3Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,19745%2--$1,099$37,89420Rialto Pictures
4Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$165-53%10$165$4,5742Anchor Bay Films
5Indigo Children$76-96%1--$76$1,7771Striped Entertainment