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. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$1,218,037-23%3,890115$313$187,047,9663Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$857,157-22%2,872--$298$15,066,2101Relativity Media
3The Monuments Men$708,577-12%3,064-19$231$59,978,5183Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$692,782-31%2,658--$261$12,800,5511Sony / TriStar
5RoboCop (2014)$622,049-24%3,3720$184$46,115,0552Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$474,817-19%2,2530$211$39,896,8142Sony / Screen Gems
7Frozen (2013)$246,519-9%1,891-210$130$384,852,42414Disney
8Ride Along$240,355-15%2,186-331$110$123,893,8706Universal
9Endless Love (2014)$202,625-22%2,8960$70$20,460,2852Universal
10Winter's Tale$196,398-20%2,9650$66$11,880,9752Warner Bros.
11Philomena$180,086-1%1,004-221$179$33,220,29914Weinstein Company
12Lone Survivor$151,055-5%1,516-497$100$122,163,5419Universal
13That Awkward Moment$111,276-26%1,208-714$92$24,421,1454Focus
14The Nut Job$57,283-4%1,235-683$46$60,074,2606Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$167,280-4%903-169$185$144,597,39111Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$132,692-7%627-124$212$113,209,2259Paramount
3Gravity$72,162-12%348-7$207$269,502,09921Warner Bros.
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$72,158-15%807-471$89$49,516,9856Paramount
512 Years a Slave$71,574-5%349-37$205$49,280,17819Fox Searchlight
6Nebraska$54,4810%210-114$259$16,675,37215Paramount Vantage
7August: Osage County$54,474-5%525-485$104$36,827,0519Weinstein Company
8Her (2013)$52,430-1%250-5$210$24,124,03410Warner Bros.
9Dallas Buyers Club$36,3655%175-48$208$24,845,16117Focus
10In Secret$29,358-2%266--$110$352,3171Roadside Attractions
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$25,499-21%266-19$96$256,719,00111Warner Bros. / New Line
12Gloria (2014)$24,512-5%11012$223$1,418,0335Roadside Attractions
13Labor Day (2013)$24,486-17%418-1246$59$13,179,4584Paramount
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$22,924-9%240-86$96$423,694,81414Lionsgate
15Vampire Academy$18,594-12%536-2140$35$7,665,3533Weinstein Company
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$14,573-9%2087$70$57,766,0829Fox
17I, Frankenstein$12,396-20%217-251$57$18,706,5265Lionsgate
18Inside Llewyn Davis$11,0717%10721$103$13,106,94812CBS Films
19The Legend Of Hercules$9,143-7%11020$83$18,675,6877Lionsgate / Summit
20Walking With Dinosaurs$7,670-3%214-34$36$35,657,55610Fox
21Grudge Match$3,826-4%108-183$35$29,758,8899Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$29,454-13%21--$1,403$543,6811Disney
2Highway$16,405-37%97--$169$383,8151UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$8,78413%84-10$105$21,216,30516Fox
4Devil's Due$5,642-3%84-39$67$15,738,8576Fox
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,475126%33-1$105$8,251,32013Weinstein Company
6Hasee Toh Phasee$1,769-21%33-44$54$639,7753Reliance Entertainment
7Knights of Badassdom$1,526-19%31$509$119,3975eOne Films US
8Free Birds$1,196-4%56-19$21$55,655,59117Relativity Media
9Barefoot$95821%18--$53$14,2851Roadside Attractions
10The Pretty One$649-12%54$130$13,0723Dada Films
11All Is Lost$304103%5-4$61$6,263,57019Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2726%10$272$20,7793Rialto Pictures
13Gimme Shelter (2014)$85-33%5-10$17$1,359,8505Roadside Attractions