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 Fri, Jan. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$6,318,110262%2,75996$2,290$60,563,4202Universal
2Lone Survivor$3,604,680162%3,162173$1,140$84,618,6415Universal
3I, Frankenstein$2,866,972--2,753--$1,041$2,866,9721Lionsgate
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$2,595,010153%3,3870$766$23,963,1432Paramount
5The Nut Job$2,553,003292%3,47245$735$30,508,2482Open Road
6Frozen (2013)$2,042,023212%2,757-222$741$340,822,22810Disney
7American Hustle$1,953,184163%2,304100$848$121,891,9377Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$1,476,791143%1,804-126$819$94,507,2455Paramount
9August: Osage County$1,436,678119%2,411360$596$22,922,1795Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$910,174203%2,5440$358$11,046,1372Fox
11Her (2013)$656,51688%1,325-404$495$17,546,9246Warner Bros.
12Saving Mr. Banks$582,14485%1,660-789$351$77,659,5067Disney
13Dallas Buyers Club$550,228466%1,110691$496$18,878,93513Focus
1412 Years a Slave$540,347257%1,231470$439$42,069,16415Fox Searchlight
15The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$500,275100%1,285-530$389$250,679,1997Warner Bros. / New Line
16Gravity$492,582219%1,260316$391$259,676,05117Warner Bros.
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$397,638161%1,051-277$378$418,879,60610Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$308,35245%1,371-733$225$16,120,5603Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$411,088286%968560$425$10,579,06211Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$280,71096%5050$556$25,019,28910Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$242,26157%824-907$294$123,228,1276Paramount
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$228,994--385--$595$228,9941Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$177,31690%540-497$328$55,912,0495Fox
6Inside Llewyn Davis$130,60542%289-296$452$11,619,9528CBS Films
7Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$95,30918%527-1042$181$31,892,6774Paramount
8Captain Phillips$91,01566%302-601$301$106,023,03316Sony / Columbia
947 Ronin$74,09097%239-104$310$37,876,5905Universal
10The Book Thief$61,685120%1977$313$20,364,79512Fox
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$56,632256%242-14$234$118,658,86218Sony / Columbia
12Walking With Dinosaurs$45,993242%330-124$139$34,495,7976Fox
13Grudge Match$30,493114%244-164$125$29,165,1415Warner Bros.
14Last Vegas$23,52473%159-35$148$63,689,23113CBS Films
15Free Birds$18,486249%171-28$108$55,359,52013Relativity Media
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$12,53374%132-259$95$52,290,1137Lionsgate
17Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$11,85232%102-20$116$8,043,3049Weinstein Company
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$10,918105%101-18$108$116,572,22924Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$14,044--3--$4,681$24,6281Roadside Attractions
2Knights of Badassdom$7,69862%13--$592$37,0121eOne Films US
3Out of the Furnace$6,31333%74-23$85$11,293,9268Relativity Media
4All Is Lost$4,718-16%30-32$157$6,211,52215Roadside Attractions