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 Fri, Mar. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Need For Speed$6,662,415--3,115--$2,139$6,662,4151Disney / DreamWorks
2300: Rise of an Empire$5,762,77493%3,49020$1,651$64,968,3272Warner Bros.
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,454,561129%3,95117$1,381$47,434,4772Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$3,215,328--1,896--$1,696$3,215,3281Lionsgate
5Non-Stop (2014)$3,198,915142%3,18370$1,005$61,388,7253Universal
6The LEGO Movie$2,053,39089%3,040-250$675$231,280,3186Warner Bros.
7Son of God$1,456,95178%2,990-281$487$46,931,6593Fox
8The Monuments Men$584,35485%1,594-407$367$72,403,0466Sony / Columbia
9Frozen (2013)$522,54467%1,466-194$356$394,761,39417Disney
103 Days to Kill$501,74668%1,566-782$320$27,234,1144Relativity Media
11Ride Along$430,095160%1,024-299$420$131,151,5609Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Veronica Mars$1,003,751--291--$3,449$1,003,7511Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$336,60572%925-140$364$54,204,59722Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$237,06018%965-749$246$55,907,5915Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$209,48555%624-450$336$47,355,3855Sony / Screen Gems
5Pompeii$171,3341%671-987$255$21,999,3434Sony / TriStar
6American Hustle$169,97397%503-102$338$148,913,25414Sony / Columbia
7Gravity$150,261105%320-64$470$272,275,15324Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$125,032126%405-85$309$61,733,5879Open Road
9The Wolf of Wall Street$116,235100%286-73$406$116,048,14912Paramount
10Philomena$113,61940%502-168$226$36,343,78117Weinstein Company
11The Wind Rises$108,04717%305-191$354$3,956,9684Disney
12Dallas Buyers Club$103,06692%281-31$367$26,506,41820Focus
13Lone Survivor$78,98577%316-156$250$124,382,87612Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$68,41465%277-56$247$257,625,83914Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$60,219425%268135$225$424,194,10017Lionsgate
16Endless Love (2014)$55,58573%278-258$200$23,296,4655Universal
17That Awkward Moment$47,99054%122-66$393$25,762,7117Focus
18Her (2013)$43,884105%121-34$363$25,133,35113Warner Bros.
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$42,527235%15245$280$50,190,1719Paramount
20Repentance$30,04949%126-31$238$1,043,6743Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
21August: Osage County$28,91991%2037$142$37,397,67612Weinstein Company
22Nebraska$19,92714%120-60$166$17,558,16318Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,103,5081338%6662$16,720$2,242,4482Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$37,862--6--$6,310$37,8621Focus
3Gloria (2014)$22,662115%75-1$302$1,844,6668Roadside Attractions
4The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$18,971100%88-45$216$58,077,68812Fox
5I, Frankenstein$13,30029%76-16$175$19,024,1788Lionsgate
6The Art of the Steal (2014)$13,195--60--$220$13,1951RADiUS-TWC
7Walking With Dinosaurs$9,870-28%98-66$101$35,953,58813Fox
8The Book Thief$9,6679%47-2$206$21,381,53519Fox
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,489--74-37$128$119,765,29525Sony / Columbia
10Stalingrad (2014)$8,239-39%70-73$118$935,6813Sony / Columbia
11Winter's Tale$6,55566%50-32$131$12,492,8735Warner Bros.
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$6,436-59%50-254$129$127,328,88113Paramount
13Ernest & Celestine$6,278236%93$698$38,1643GKIDS
14Labor Day (2013)$4,581-34%42-42$109$13,351,9187Paramount
15Free Birds$2,347-34%32-42$73$55,741,73120Relativity Media
16Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,99562%23-19$87$8,301,97016Weinstein Company
17The Word$1,272--1--$1,272$1,2721Scarlet Sky Productions
18Vampire Academy$97217%12-20$81$7,756,5246Weinstein Company
19Highway$525-40%1-8$525$528,1504UTV Motion Pictures