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 Tue, Feb. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$1,573,32427%3,890115$404$185,829,9293Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$1,097,52526%2,872--$382$14,209,0531Relativity Media
3Pompeii$1,001,63731%2,658--$377$12,107,7691Sony / TriStar
4RoboCop (2014)$819,15923%3,3720$243$45,493,0062Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$802,00231%3,064-19$262$59,269,9413Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$583,6985%2,2530$259$39,421,9972Sony / Screen Gems
7Ride Along$283,86518%2,186-331$130$123,653,5156Universal
8Frozen (2013)$270,69619%1,891-210$143$384,605,90514Disney
9Endless Love (2014)$260,64038%2,8960$90$20,257,6602Universal
10Winter's Tale$244,15741%2,9650$82$11,684,5772Warner Bros.
11Philomena$181,62631%1,004-221$181$33,040,21314Weinstein Company
12Lone Survivor$159,18011%1,516-497$105$122,012,4869Universal
13That Awkward Moment$150,39542%1,208-714$124$24,309,8694Focus
14The Nut Job$59,67016%1,235-683$48$60,016,9776Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$174,86025%903-169$194$144,430,11111Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$142,60427%627-124$227$113,076,5339Paramount
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$84,42734%807-471$105$49,444,8276Paramount
4Gravity$82,18913%348-7$236$269,429,93721Warner Bros.
512 Years a Slave$75,36835%349-37$216$49,208,60419Fox Searchlight
6August: Osage County$57,21137%525-485$109$36,714,2269Weinstein Company
7Nebraska$54,32914%210-114$259$16,620,89115Paramount Vantage
8Her (2013)$53,09638%250-5$212$24,071,60410Warner Bros.
9Dallas Buyers Club$34,78428%175-48$199$24,808,79617Focus
10The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$32,25132%266-19$121$256,693,50211Warner Bros. / New Line
11In Secret$29,8749%266--$112$322,9591Roadside Attractions
12Labor Day (2013)$29,49055%418-1246$71$13,154,9724Paramount
13Gloria (2014)$25,78513%11012$234$1,393,5215Roadside Attractions
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$25,20826%240-86$105$423,671,89014Lionsgate
15Vampire Academy$21,13810%536-2140$39$7,646,7593Weinstein Company
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,9688%2087$77$57,751,5099Fox
17I, Frankenstein$15,56629%217-251$72$18,694,1305Lionsgate
18Inside Llewyn Davis$10,391-23%10721$97$13,095,87712CBS Films
19The Legend Of Hercules$9,86413%11020$90$18,666,5447Lionsgate / Summit
20Walking With Dinosaurs$7,8758%214-34$37$35,649,88610Fox
21Grudge Match$3,9986%108-183$37$29,755,0639Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$33,79737%21--$1,609$514,2271Disney
2Highway$26,21780%97--$270$367,4101UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$7,7846%84-10$93$21,207,52116Fox
4Devil's Due$5,8159%84-39$69$15,733,2156Fox
5Hasee Toh Phasee$2,22755%33-44$67$638,0063Reliance Entertainment
6Knights of Badassdom$1,88511%31$628$117,8715eOne Films US
7Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,535-59%33-1$47$8,247,84513Weinstein Company
8Free Birds$1,246-5%56-19$22$55,654,39517Relativity Media
9Barefoot$7913%18--$44$13,3271Roadside Attractions
10The Pretty One$73647%54$147$12,4233Dada Films
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$25610%10$256$20,5073Rialto Pictures
12All Is Lost$150-14%5-4$30$6,263,26619Roadside Attractions
13Gimme Shelter (2014)$12666%5-10$25$1,359,7655Roadside Attractions