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, Mar. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$3,308,229-21%3,936--$841$65,691,6451Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$1,146,496-19%3,194--$359$20,731,4161Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,066,214-14%3,607-344$296$84,402,5663Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$776,225-20%3,085-405$252$96,171,2233Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$680,613-24%3,1150$218$32,815,2312Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$588,895-18%2,945-238$200$80,579,5254Universal
7The LEGO Movie$440,152-17%2,501-539$176$244,767,8547Warner Bros.
8Son of God$277,068-15%2,139-851$130$56,548,8644Fox
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$234,833-20%1,8960$124$13,673,8342Lionsgate
10Frozen (2013)$75,339-15%1,069-397$70$397,979,97218Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$980,215-2%780--$1,257$12,055,9541Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$684,087-6%304238$2,250$15,034,8573Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$119,790-11%938-656$128$76,056,5117Sony / Columbia
43 Days to Kill$73,361-12%752-814$98$29,963,3505Relativity Media
5Ride Along$58,205-5%650-374$90$133,295,37510Universal
612 Years a Slave$54,245-19%522-403$104$56,201,27223Fox Searchlight
7The Nut Job$51,513-2%335-70$154$62,742,72510Open Road
8Veronica Mars$47,826-11%34756$138$2,978,5172Warner Bros.
9Philomena$31,702-16%297-205$107$37,188,30018Weinstein Company
10American Hustle$25,696-15%281-222$91$149,887,49015Sony / Columbia
11Gravity$24,733-17%202-118$122$273,167,22625Warner Bros.
12RoboCop (2014)$24,389-17%328-637$74$57,161,7276Sony / Columbia
13The Wolf of Wall Street$22,812-10%215-71$106$116,759,78213Paramount
14About Last Night$19,266-9%214-410$90$48,328,4276Sony / Screen Gems
15Lone Survivor$16,8807%211-105$80$124,858,75613Universal
16Dallas Buyers Club$15,887-22%178-103$89$27,120,04621Focus
17The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$15,834-1%224-53$71$258,085,87215Warner Bros. / New Line
18Pompeii$14,825-27%201-470$74$22,862,2995Sony / TriStar
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$12,618-6%211-57$60$424,569,76818Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$11,282-2%128-24$88$50,462,02810Paramount
21August: Osage County$9,960-10%141-62$71$37,629,66213Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$6,202-2%14494$43$12,573,3706Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$64,1488%8781$737$838,4972Focus
2Her (2013)$8,161-24%73-48$112$25,403,91714Warner Bros.
3That Awkward Moment$8,101-19%93-29$87$25,999,2108Focus
4Gloria (2014)$4,856-12%50-25$97$1,998,4669Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,07317%63-25$65$58,173,72113Fox
6Blood Ties$3,3985%28--$121$36,7131Roadside Attractions
7Walking With Dinosaurs$3,124-14%59-39$53$36,029,84214Fox
8Repentance$2,89529%43-83$67$1,187,4394Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Vampire Academy$1,523-15%3523$44$7,778,0977Weinstein Company
10Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,27775%18-5$71$8,321,34817Weinstein Company
11Stalingrad (2014)$1,171-39%13-57$90$991,9794Sony / Columbia
12Ernest & Celestine$1,098-1%7-2$157$97,0874GKIDS
13The Art of the Steal (2014)$7689%15-45$51$63,4632RADiUS-TWC
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$416259%1--$416$24,6407Rialto Pictures