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 Mon, Jan. 27 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$1,351,910-74%2,75996$490$76,896,7152Universal
2Lone Survivor$916,980-73%3,162173$290$94,831,9015Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$678,357-71%3,3870$200$31,131,1772Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$657,502-77%2,757-222$238$348,556,51310Disney
5I, Frankenstein$620,748-73%2,753--$225$9,231,1891Lionsgate
6The Nut Job$615,243-83%3,47245$177$40,671,6062Open Road
7American Hustle$493,930-72%2,304100$214$127,494,3597Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$461,690-70%1,804-126$256$98,970,5125Paramount
9August: Osage County$422,665-70%2,411360$175$26,937,1965Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$211,891-67%2,5440$83$13,134,1952Fox
11Her (2013)$193,199-69%1,325-404$146$19,372,9256Warner Bros.
1212 Years a Slave$178,511-69%1,231470$145$43,738,64415Fox Searchlight
13Gravity$178,291-69%1,260316$142$261,387,25317Warner Bros.
14Dallas Buyers Club$171,677-70%1,110691$155$20,528,95413Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$166,192-69%1,660-789$100$79,324,5027Disney
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$162,222-75%1,285-530$126$252,488,5607Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$105,753-73%1,051-277$101$420,127,67010Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$94,219-75%1,371-733$69$17,139,2553Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$156,336-66%968560$162$11,876,73611Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$112,176-67%5050$222$25,926,65910Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$68,414-64%824-907$83$123,871,7536Paramount
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$49,185-73%385--$128$738,2551Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$46,883-68%540-497$87$56,389,5635Fox
6Inside Llewyn Davis$41,307-70%289-296$143$12,037,2978CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$27,828-65%302-601$92$106,271,97916Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$25,867-63%527-1042$49$32,124,3624Paramount
947 Ronin$23,905-64%239-104$100$38,079,7455Universal
10The Book Thief$21,697-62%1977$110$20,535,45912Fox
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$16,396-80%242-14$68$118,886,90118Sony / Columbia
12Walking With Dinosaurs$14,081-83%330-124$43$34,705,6446Fox
13Grudge Match$9,753-66%244-164$40$29,246,0465Warner Bros.
14Free Birds$5,299-83%171-28$31$55,440,78913Relativity Media
15Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,384-73%102-20$43$8,084,2559Weinstein Company
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,439-60%101-18$34$116,600,72524Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,557-79%132-259$19$52,329,9937Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$5,500-69%3--$1,833$61,9541Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$2,324-59%74-23$31$11,311,2258Relativity Media
3All Is Lost$2,298-56%30-32$77$6,226,27115Roadside Attractions
4Knights of Badassdom$1,031-64%13--$79$47,7941eOne Films US