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 Wed, Feb. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$2,673,346-25%3,7750$708$149,006,9402Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$1,253,309-29%3,3720$372$33,015,1031Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$1,049,556-20%3,0830$340$48,941,6692Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$891,511-24%2,253--$396$29,895,3201Sony / Screen Gems
5Frozen (2013)$454,973-17%2,101-359$217$379,250,58613Disney
6Endless Love (2014)$434,425-25%2,896--$150$15,421,2301Universal
7Ride Along$402,720-17%2,517-168$160$118,090,4955Universal
8Winter's Tale$331,446-25%2,965--$112$8,782,7131Warner Bros.
9Lone Survivor$241,560-11%2,013-467$120$119,489,5718Universal
10That Awkward Moment$211,737-25%1,922-887$110$22,454,4523Focus
11Philomena$194,563-8%1,225721$159$31,334,39513Weinstein Company
12The Nut Job$180,277-6%1,918-1086$94$58,649,3205Open Road
13American Hustle$172,048-7%1,072-416$160$142,203,59710Sony / Columbia
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$142,550-18%1,278-861$112$48,340,6935Paramount
15Vampire Academy$122,479-18%2,6760$46$7,229,3312Weinstein Company
16August: Osage County$92,147-5%1,010-317$91$36,127,6088Weinstein Company
17Labor Day (2013)$83,230-22%1,664-920$50$12,794,7203Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$158,006-7%751-416$210$111,363,5338Paramount
2Gravity$83,399-7%355-346$235$268,345,78220Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$63,276-13%386-180$164$48,491,21118Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$57,445-6%324-201$177$16,029,37214Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$49,081-4%255-202$192$23,519,3279Warner Bros.
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$34,465-20%285-252$121$256,309,31810Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$33,901-7%326-203$104$423,273,34013Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$33,874-7%223-265$152$24,414,66716Focus
9I, Frankenstein$31,699-26%468-959$68$18,483,6244Lionsgate
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$16,262-6%261-85$62$125,151,7529Paramount
11The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,842-14%201-41$79$57,531,8098Fox
12Walking With Dinosaurs$10,789-26%248-3$44$35,483,6399Fox
13Devil's Due$8,648-5%123-176$70$15,647,7505Fox
14Grudge Match$7,692-15%291-50$26$29,690,3388Warner Bros.
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$7,651-20%181-16$42$119,452,30721Sony / Columbia
16Captain Phillips$6,423-14%135-47$48$106,885,62219Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$35,1303%9833$358$1,080,3464Roadside Attractions
2Inside Llewyn Davis$12,98616%86-43$151$12,986,14411CBS Films
3The Book Thief$8,751-16%94-41$93$21,118,63915Fox
4Hasee Toh Phasee$6,901-30%77-11$90$592,6772Reliance Entertainment
5The Legend Of Hercules$4,865-18%90-158$54$18,541,1536Lionsgate / Summit
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,67114%34-12$108$8,228,75812Weinstein Company
7Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$3,13013%62-41$50$32,459,2557Paramount
8Free Birds$2,280-6%75-34$30$55,622,92416Relativity Media
9Last Vegas$1,283122%41-19$31$63,912,44416CBS Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$924-47%15-61$62$1,357,0804Roadside Attractions
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$78923%10$789$17,4032Rialto Pictures
12All Is Lost$29922%9-3$33$6,260,16618Roadside Attractions
13At Middleton$188-9%1-6$188$53,5333Anchor Bay / Freestyle
14The Pretty One$114-50%10$114$4,9832Dada Films
15Knights of Badassdom$18-99%2-7$9$105,2804eOne Films US