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 Sat, Mar. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$12,406,35023%3,090--$4,015$22,463,8851Universal
2The LEGO Movie$10,265,817133%3,770-120$2,723$202,987,8114Warner Bros.
3Son of God$9,346,491-1%3,260--$2,867$18,804,4801Fox
4The Monuments Men$2,406,44566%3,002-62$802$64,545,3714Sony / Columbia
53 Days to Kill$2,309,13659%2,8720$804$19,564,3952Relativity Media
6RoboCop (2014)$2,081,13581%2,885-487$721$49,940,3503Sony / Columbia
7Pompeii$1,971,66863%2,6580$742$16,617,9822Sony / TriStar
8Frozen (2013)$1,788,949149%1,746-145$1,025$387,632,11815Disney
9About Last Night$1,560,56650%1,804-449$865$42,949,4703Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$1,477,16570%1,869-317$790$126,469,6507Universal
11Endless Love (2014)$693,45521%1,874-1022$370$21,927,2503Universal
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$613,99746%1,317--$466$126,202,77411Paramount
13Philomena$588,02872%1,09793$536$34,334,49915Weinstein Company
14Lone Survivor$488,16072%1,017-499$480$123,087,65110Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$1,011,675101%94542$1,071$146,304,05212Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$653,33140%496475$1,317$1,699,0732Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$610,80386%505-122$1,210$114,287,93310Paramount
412 Years a Slave$523,106134%41162$1,273$50,106,89320Fox Searchlight
5Gravity$450,314109%340-8$1,324$270,255,08522Warner Bros.
6The Nut Job$324,188202%752-483$431$60,562,0457Open Road
7That Awkward Moment$242,52921%608-600$399$24,966,5425Focus
8Dallas Buyers Club$229,918105%21641$1,064$25,232,99118Focus
9Repentance$220,50530%152--$1,451$390,6451Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Her (2013)$218,72188%2500$875$24,508,39011Warner Bros.
11Stalingrad (2014)$213,48348%308--$693$357,9031Sony / Columbia
12Nebraska$199,71380%28979$691$17,038,71616Paramount Vantage
13Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$131,56559%367-440$358$49,805,3447Paramount
14August: Osage County$119,95080%346-179$347$37,013,65910Weinstein Company
15Winter's Tale$112,33447%705-2260$159$12,259,1043Warner Bros.
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$100,17190%215-51$466$256,901,03412Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$91,99486%198-42$465$423,860,82115Lionsgate
18Gloria (2014)$74,63180%102-8$732$1,560,1246Roadside Attractions
19I, Frankenstein$60,80387%169-48$360$18,811,5156Lionsgate
20The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$58,46867%163-45$359$57,875,79710Fox
21Walking With Dinosaurs$57,269147%195-19$294$35,746,35111Fox
22Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$38,477195%163-18$236$119,617,28723Sony / Columbia
23Labor Day (2013)$21,38838%107-311$200$13,239,6655Paramount
24In Secret$20,28159%109-157$186$410,6032Roadside Attractions
25Vampire Academy$19,27876%111-425$174$7,715,6824Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain Phillips$89,673709%96-93$934$107,091,67121Sony / Columbia
2Highway$45,25053%80-17$566$470,7292UTV Motion Pictures
3The Legend Of Hercules$31,15780%89-21$350$18,733,2778Lionsgate / Summit
4The Book Thief$25,47254%73-11$349$21,267,40017Fox
5Inside Llewyn Davis$21,46399%65-42$330$13,151,40213CBS Films
6Devil's Due$13,53267%48-36$282$15,765,3807Fox
7Free Birds$13,007226%48-8$271$55,673,94218Relativity Media
8Grudge Match$10,08853%75-33$135$29,779,50210Warner Bros.
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,20255%9158$90$8,266,65314Weinstein Company
10Ernest & Celestine$7,819237%1--$7,819$10,1381GKIDS
11Hasee Toh Phasee$1,91030%9-24$212$644,5194Reliance Entertainment
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$25364%10$253$21,3924Rialto Pictures