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, Feb. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$775,380-50%2,867108$270$93,473,8503Universal
2Lone Survivor$625,780-29%3,285123$190$105,415,6666Universal
3That Awkward Moment$610,084-41%2,809--$217$9,352,1931Focus
4Frozen (2013)$486,462-77%2,754-3$177$360,122,30411Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$461,467-36%2,907-480$159$39,339,8843Paramount
6Labor Day (2013)$400,100-53%2,584--$155$5,575,3821Paramount
7American Hustle$345,801-37%2,216-88$156$133,827,2148Sony / Columbia
8I, Frankenstein$323,267-59%2,7530$117$15,047,7602Lionsgate
9The Wolf of Wall Street$322,412-33%1,607-197$201$104,249,9536Paramount
10The Nut Job$312,186-81%3,4720$90$50,223,6313Open Road
11August: Osage County$265,436-54%2,319-92$114$31,846,2806Weinstein Company
12Gravity$182,112-47%1,132-128$161$264,171,48618Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$152,990-45%1,172-59$131$46,003,54916Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$130,122-40%1,052-58$124$22,672,60814Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$92,603-46%1,075-585$86$81,134,7168Disney
16Devil's Due$77,039-54%1,290-1254$60$14,867,0743Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$123,848-42%875-93$142$13,783,41912Paramount Vantage
2Her (2013)$118,221-45%803-522$147$21,355,1347Warner Bros.
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$108,140-55%933-352$116$254,373,0568Warner Bros. / New Line
4Philomena$101,181-52%56762$178$27,481,53411Weinstein Company
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$82,349-46%822-229$100$421,490,98511Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$51,997-50%598-773$87$18,013,4044Lionsgate / Summit
7Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$31,502-23%420-404$75$124,442,6317Paramount
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$28,670-38%410-130$70$56,915,8526Fox
9Inside Llewyn Davis$27,914-42%214-75$130$12,501,4479CBS Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$21,872-61%347-38$63$1,214,2032Roadside Attractions
11The Book Thief$19,234-23%178-19$108$20,781,48613Fox
12Captain Phillips$18,835-21%245-57$77$106,564,17317Sony / Columbia
1347 Ronin$15,580-40%174-65$90$38,312,8856Universal
14Walking With Dinosaurs$12,936-74%323-7$40$34,982,5237Fox
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,855-71%220-22$45$119,122,77919Sony / Columbia
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$8,553-35%150-377$57$32,295,0505Paramount
17Grudge Match$7,546-46%241-3$31$29,350,3546Warner Bros.
18Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,655-59%16331$41$52,440,0518Lionsgate
19Last Vegas$4,530-27%104--$44$63,839,01514CBS Films
20Free Birds$3,010-79%135-36$22$55,523,09514Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$11,214-75%2926$387$258,9082Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,924-34%77-25$51$8,145,00910Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$3,254-40%20--$163$37,0221Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4All Is Lost$1,918-42%25-5$77$6,246,20316Roadside Attractions
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,469-6%52-49$28$116,625,60325Weinstein Company
6Out of the Furnace$1,002-13%36-38$28$11,327,8389Relativity Media
7Love Is in the Air$380-62%6--$63$5,3171Focus World
8Knights of Badassdom$339-55%11-2$31$69,0192eOne Films US