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 Thu, Feb. 27 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$1,262,1184%3,890115$324$188,310,0843Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$734,673-14%2,872--$256$15,800,8831Relativity Media
3The Monuments Men$714,4551%3,064-19$233$60,692,9733Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$635,133-8%2,658--$239$13,435,6841Sony / TriStar
5RoboCop (2014)$596,389-4%3,3720$177$46,711,4442Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$454,534-4%2,2530$202$40,351,3482Sony / Screen Gems
7Frozen (2013)$272,71911%1,891-210$144$385,125,14314Disney
8Ride Along$229,530-5%2,186-331$105$124,123,4006Universal
9Endless Love (2014)$202,5450%2,8960$70$20,662,8302Universal
10Winter's Tale$189,175-4%2,9650$64$12,070,1502Warner Bros.
11Philomena$184,3692%1,004-221$184$33,404,66814Weinstein Company
12Lone Survivor$151,4250%1,516-497$100$122,314,9669Universal
13That Awkward Moment$101,728-9%1,208-714$84$24,522,8734Focus
14The Nut Job$56,384-2%1,235-683$46$60,130,6446Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$191,03914%903-169$212$144,788,43011Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$139,8275%627-124$223$113,349,0529Paramount
3Gravity$87,43221%348-7$251$269,589,53121Warner Bros.
412 Years a Slave$80,18712%349-37$230$49,360,36519Fox Searchlight
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$73,7912%807-471$91$49,590,7766Paramount
6August: Osage County$58,3517%525-485$111$36,827,0519Weinstein Company
7Nebraska$52,836-3%210-114$252$16,728,20815Paramount Vantage
8Her (2013)$49,261-6%250-5$197$24,173,29510Warner Bros.
9Dallas Buyers Club$45,77226%175-48$262$24,890,93317Focus
10The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$29,11114%266-19$109$256,748,11211Warner Bros. / New Line
11Gloria (2014)$26,0246%11012$237$1,444,0575Roadside Attractions
12In Secret$25,237-14%266--$95$377,5541Roadside Attractions
13The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$24,6107%240-86$103$423,719,42414Lionsgate
14Labor Day (2013)$23,288-5%418-1246$56$13,202,7464Paramount
15Vampire Academy$20,0928%536-2140$37$7,685,4453Weinstein Company
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$16,14411%2087$78$57,782,2269Fox
17Inside Llewyn Davis$12,21510%10721$114$13,119,16312CBS Films
18I, Frankenstein$11,676-6%217-251$54$18,718,2025Lionsgate
19The Legend Of Hercules$9,1400%11020$83$18,684,8277Lionsgate / Summit
20Walking With Dinosaurs$8,3008%214-34$39$35,665,85610Fox
21Grudge Match$3,9453%108-183$37$29,762,8349Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$34,91219%21--$1,662$578,5931Disney
2Highway$12,016-27%97--$124$395,8311UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$9,0583%84-10$108$21,225,36316Fox
4Devil's Due$4,884-13%84-39$58$15,743,7416Fox
5Knights of Badassdom$4,457192%31$1,486$123,8545eOne Films US
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,823-48%33-1$55$8,253,14313Weinstein Company
7Hasee Toh Phasee$1,366-23%33-44$41$641,1413Reliance Entertainment
8Free Birds$1,35113%56-19$24$55,656,94217Relativity Media
9Barefoot$786-18%18--$44$15,0711Roadside Attractions
10The Pretty One$6977%54$139$13,7693Dada Films
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$206-24%10$206$20,9853Rialto Pictures
12All Is Lost$100-67%5-4$20$6,263,67019Roadside Attractions
13Gimme Shelter (2014)$60-29%5-10$12$1,359,9105Roadside Attractions