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, Mar. 9 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$11,494,701-29%3,470--$3,313$45,038,4601Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$9,813,363-32%3,934--$2,495$32,207,0571Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$4,015,770-44%3,11323$1,290$52,568,5302Universal
4Son of God$3,503,555-16%3,27111$1,071$41,874,2302Fox
5The LEGO Movie$3,271,014-36%3,290-480$994$224,877,9975Warner Bros.
6Frozen (2013)$931,445-33%1,660-86$561$392,994,66816Disney
73 Days to Kill$761,404-45%2,348-524$324$25,504,1273Relativity Media
8The Monuments Men$747,475-49%2,001-1001$374$70,576,2905Sony / Columbia
9RoboCop (2014)$588,032-36%1,714-1171$343$54,764,8054Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$554,218-43%1,065654$520$53,042,84721Fox Searchlight
11Ride Along$469,665-52%1,323-546$355$129,988,2708Universal
12Pompeii$431,319-38%1,658-1000$260$21,061,6573Sony / TriStar
13About Last Night$422,806-43%1,074-730$394$46,501,8774Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$262,188-34%4960$529$3,488,7853Disney
2American Hustle$231,937-56%605-340$383$148,384,16513Sony / Columbia
3Gravity$230,446-47%38444$600$271,814,79623Warner Bros.
4Philomena$179,794-42%670-427$268$35,907,37716Weinstein Company
5The Wolf of Wall Street$165,315-49%359-146$460$115,691,78811Paramount
6Dallas Buyers Club$153,706-48%31296$493$26,188,54619Focus
7Lone Survivor$106,195-46%472-545$225$124,127,33111Universal
8The Nut Job$101,213-29%490-262$207$61,399,0058Open Road
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$100,589-36%333118$302$257,397,51613Warner Bros. / New Line
10Repentance$80,210-41%1575$511$917,8382Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
11Endless Love (2014)$75,040-59%536-1338$140$23,102,0754Universal
12Her (2013)$69,858-41%155-95$451$24,998,43112Warner Bros.
13Nebraska$47,317-47%180-109$263$17,467,63917Paramount Vantage
14That Awkward Moment$46,591-51%188-420$248$25,587,7956Focus
15Stalingrad (2014)$36,431-17%143-165$255$869,1162Sony / Columbia
16Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$36,219-45%304-1013$119$127,256,71512Paramount
17August: Osage County$32,168-45%196-150$164$37,304,87411Weinstein Company
18The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$27,306-52%133-65$205$424,088,26016Lionsgate
19Walking With Dinosaurs$26,470-24%164-31$161$35,892,96312Fox
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$19,546-64%107-260$183$50,098,7048Paramount
21The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$18,612-51%133-30$140$58,023,61911Fox
22Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$14,117-29%111-52$127$119,713,80524Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$252,560-15%4--$63,140$811,1661Fox Searchlight
2Gloria (2014)$34,955-32%76-26$460$1,778,4787Roadside Attractions
3I, Frankenstein$23,364-19%92-77$254$18,970,3417Lionsgate
4The Legend Of Hercules$15,217-7%61-28$249$18,821,2799Lionsgate / Summit
5Free Birds$12,081-30%7426$163$55,725,93019Relativity Media
6Labor Day (2013)$12,070-35%84-23$144$13,320,0176Paramount
7Inside Llewyn Davis$7,986-46%52-13$154$13,214,25514CBS Films
8The Book Thief$7,124-58%49-24$145$21,345,52518Fox
9Winter's Tale$7,032-55%82-623$86$12,470,9794Warner Bros.
10Ernest & Celestine$3,566-21%65$594$25,9602GKIDS
11Vampire Academy$3,256-30%32-79$102$7,750,2145Weinstein Company
12Highway$2,923-39%9-71$325$525,0263UTV Motion Pictures
13Grudge Match$2,881-40%45-30$64$29,802,76111Warner Bros.
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,747-30%42-49$65$8,294,32015Weinstein Company