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 Sun, Feb. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$2,119,450-54%2,754-3$770$359,635,84211Disney
2The Nut Job$1,615,221-59%3,4720$465$49,911,4453Open Road
3Ride Along$1,562,935-76%2,867108$545$92,698,4703Universal
4That Awkward Moment$1,032,663-73%2,809--$368$8,742,1091Focus
5Lone Survivor$887,350-77%3,285123$270$104,789,8866Universal
6Labor Day (2013)$856,075-64%2,584--$331$5,175,2821Paramount
7I, Frankenstein$787,686-58%2,7530$286$14,724,4932Lionsgate
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$716,220-75%2,907-480$246$38,878,4173Paramount
9August: Osage County$573,903-61%2,319-92$247$31,580,8446Weinstein Company
10American Hustle$550,277-76%2,216-88$248$133,481,4138Sony / Columbia
11The Wolf of Wall Street$481,172-74%1,607-197$299$103,927,5416Paramount
12Gravity$344,023-68%1,132-128$304$263,989,37418Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$276,265-62%1,172-59$236$45,850,55916Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$215,768-70%1,052-58$205$22,542,48614Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$170,495-69%1,075-585$159$81,042,1138Disney
16Devil's Due$166,157-68%1,290-1254$129$14,790,0353Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$240,343-63%933-352$258$254,264,9168Warner Bros. / New Line
2Her (2013)$213,035-64%803-522$265$21,236,9137Warner Bros.
3Nebraska$212,583-64%875-93$243$13,659,57112Paramount Vantage
4Philomena$210,018-55%56762$370$27,380,35311Weinstein Company
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$152,229-70%822-229$185$421,408,63611Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$104,102-62%598-773$174$17,961,4074Lionsgate / Summit
7Gimme Shelter (2014)$56,041-64%347-38$162$1,192,3312Roadside Attractions
8Walking With Dinosaurs$49,484-59%323-7$153$34,969,5877Fox
9Inside Llewyn Davis$47,952-70%214-75$224$12,473,5339CBS Films
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$46,122-75%410-130$112$56,887,1826Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$41,027-76%420-404$98$124,411,1297Paramount
12Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$34,337-65%220-22$156$119,112,92419Sony / Columbia
1347 Ronin$26,100-62%174-65$150$38,297,3056Universal
14The Book Thief$24,984-65%178-19$140$20,762,25213Fox
15Captain Phillips$23,942-73%245-57$98$106,545,33817Sony / Columbia
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$16,250-69%16331$100$52,433,3968Lionsgate
17Free Birds$14,003-56%135-36$104$55,520,08514Relativity Media
18Grudge Match$13,875-56%241-3$58$29,342,8086Warner Bros.
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$13,211-67%150-377$88$32,286,4975Paramount
20Last Vegas$6,226-72%104-55$60$63,834,48514CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$44,987-44%2926$1,551$247,6942Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,935-66%77-25$77$8,141,08510Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$5,441-67%20--$272$33,7681Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4All Is Lost$3,314-37%25-5$133$6,244,28516Roadside Attractions
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,562-74%52-49$30$116,624,13425Weinstein Company
6Out of the Furnace$1,148-72%36-38$32$11,326,8369Relativity Media
7Love Is in the Air$992-55%6--$165$4,9371Focus World
8Knights of Badassdom$751-80%11-2$68$68,6802eOne Films US