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. 23 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$9,550,587-34%3,890115$2,455$183,015,4553Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$3,031,216-41%2,872--$1,055$12,242,2181Relativity Media
3RoboCop (2014)$2,834,821-35%3,3720$841$44,005,1572Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$2,714,570-36%2,658--$1,021$10,340,8231Sony / TriStar
5The Monuments Men$1,994,824-46%3,064-19$651$57,856,9603Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$1,896,764-44%2,2530$842$38,281,1062Sony / Screen Gems
7Frozen (2013)$1,349,347-34%1,891-210$714$384,108,13214Disney
8Ride Along$1,082,070-51%2,186-331$495$123,129,1906Universal
9Endless Love (2014)$767,440-56%2,8960$265$19,808,7752Universal
10Winter's Tale$528,628-46%2,9650$178$11,267,3562Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$507,860-45%1,516-497$335$121,709,2869Universal
12The Nut Job$366,263-25%1,235-683$297$59,906,0676Open Road
13Philomena$362,088-32%1,004-221$361$32,720,25214Weinstein Company
14That Awkward Moment$302,125-50%1,208-714$250$24,053,6884Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$433,268-48%903-169$480$144,115,17211Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$358,413-41%627-124$572$112,821,5629Paramount
3Gravity$239,070-38%348-7$687$269,275,32321Warner Bros.
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$192,033-51%807-471$238$49,297,3246Paramount
512 Years a Slave$160,023-34%349-37$459$49,077,22019Fox Searchlight
6Nebraska$128,786-36%210-114$613$16,518,81415Paramount Vantage
7August: Osage County$119,453-33%525-485$228$36,615,2559Weinstein Company
8Her (2013)$114,963-39%250-5$460$23,980,03810Warner Bros.
9Dallas Buyers Club$94,556-28%175-48$540$24,746,78017Focus
10The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$78,926-48%240-86$329$423,626,64214Lionsgate
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$78,379-44%266-19$295$256,636,87411Warner Bros. / New Line
12In Secret$73,537-35%266--$276$265,5861Roadside Attractions
13Gloria (2014)$67,797-37%11012$616$1,344,8815Roadside Attractions
14Vampire Academy$65,516-47%536-2140$122$7,606,3953Weinstein Company
15Labor Day (2013)$53,537-49%418-1246$128$13,106,5054Paramount
16I, Frankenstein$46,490-32%217-251$214$18,666,4985Lionsgate
17Walking With Dinosaurs$46,488-26%214-34$217$35,634,73310Fox
18The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$39,401-51%2087$189$57,720,7449Fox
19The Legend Of Hercules$33,376-24%11020$303$18,647,9737Lionsgate / Summit
20Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$27,373-32%1810$151$119,546,97022Sony / Columbia
21Inside Llewyn Davis$21,118-36%10721$197$13,072,05312CBS Films
22Captain Phillips$14,949-55%18954$79$106,957,07120Sony / Columbia
23Grudge Match$10,665-53%108-183$99$29,747,3099Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$102,914-20%21--$4,901$455,8011Disney
2Highway$87,247-40%97--$899$326,6541UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$16,967-42%84-10$202$21,192,41516Fox
4Devil's Due$16,395-49%84-39$195$15,722,0506Fox
5Hasee Toh Phasee$9,583-42%33-44$290$634,3423Reliance Entertainment
6Free Birds$7,920-37%56-19$141$55,651,84317Relativity Media
7Barefoot$3,315-27%18--$184$11,7671Roadside Attractions
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,980-18%33-1$90$8,242,53613Weinstein Company
9The Pretty One$1,508-41%54$302$11,1863Dada Films
10All Is Lost$666-20%5-4$133$6,262,94219Roadside Attractions
11Gimme Shelter (2014)$485-49%5-10$97$1,359,5635Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$450-23%10$450$20,0183Rialto Pictures
13Knights of Badassdom$200-54%31$67$114,2915eOne Films US