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. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$9,822,05555%2,75996$3,560$70,385,4752Universal
2Lone Survivor$5,865,51063%3,162173$1,855$90,484,1515Universal
3The Nut Job$5,821,019128%3,47245$1,677$36,329,2672Open Road
4Frozen (2013)$4,222,805107%2,757-222$1,532$345,045,03310Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$4,189,64061%3,3870$1,237$28,152,7832Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$3,473,50321%2,753--$1,262$6,340,4751Lionsgate
7American Hustle$3,331,45371%2,304100$1,446$125,223,3907Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$2,451,86866%1,804-126$1,359$96,959,1135Paramount
9August: Osage County$2,184,49252%2,411360$906$25,106,6715Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$1,224,56935%2,5440$481$12,270,7062Fox
11Her (2013)$1,011,48554%1,325-404$763$18,558,4096Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,001,289100%1,285-530$779$251,680,4887Warner Bros. / New Line
13Gravity$957,53394%1,260316$760$260,633,58417Warner Bros.
14Saving Mr. Banks$956,56564%1,660-789$576$78,616,0717Disney
15Dallas Buyers Club$912,59866%1,110691$822$19,791,53313Focus
1612 Years a Slave$908,22068%1,231470$738$42,977,38415Fox Searchlight
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$748,09688%1,051-277$712$419,627,70210Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$553,56880%1,371-733$404$16,674,1283Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$682,30566%968560$705$11,261,36711Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$450,79561%5050$893$25,470,08410Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$387,74360%824-907$471$123,615,8706Paramount
4The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$284,47560%540-497$527$56,196,5245Fox
5Gimme Shelter (2014)$280,64723%385--$729$509,6411Roadside Attractions
6Inside Llewyn Davis$237,93082%289-296$823$11,857,8828CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$142,44957%302-601$472$106,165,48216Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$136,81744%527-1042$260$32,029,4944Paramount
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$131,590132%242-14$544$118,790,45218Sony / Columbia
10Walking With Dinosaurs$114,797150%330-124$348$34,610,5946Fox
1147 Ronin$113,52553%239-104$475$37,990,1155Universal
12The Book Thief$92,51350%1977$470$20,457,30812Fox
13Free Birds$44,781142%171-28$262$55,404,30113Relativity Media
14Grudge Match$42,69140%244-164$175$29,207,8325Warner Bros.
15Last Vegas$38,15762%159-35$240$63,727,38813CBS Films
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$25,413103%132-259$193$52,315,5267Lionsgate
17Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$20,34772%102-20$199$8,063,6519Weinstein Company
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$16,37850%101-18$162$116,588,60724Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$24,62875%3--$8,209$38,6721Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$9,24146%74-23$125$11,303,1678Relativity Media
3All Is Lost$7,19653%30-32$240$6,218,71815Roadside Attractions
4Knights of Badassdom$6,873-11%13--$529$43,8851eOne Films US