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 Mon, Mar. 31 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$3,105,382-72%3,567--$871$46,825,8541Paramount
2Divergent$1,663,074-72%3,9360$423$96,042,6602Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$730,208-74%1,178398$620$22,480,8922Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$672,614-80%3,1940$211$33,789,4312Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$605,547-76%3,299-308$184$95,084,9954Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$437,536-68%2,486--$176$5,709,9801Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$394,139-65%2,601-484$152$101,448,8434Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$339,302-69%2,705-410$125$37,983,5393Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$301,800-68%2,515-430$120$85,392,8605Universal
10The LEGO Movie$249,284-71%2,001-500$125$248,466,0648Warner Bros.
11Son of God$94,108-74%1,277-862$74$57,949,0515Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$83,442-68%1,139-757$73$15,083,3773Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$696,162-69%977673$713$24,867,7724Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$301,283-65%664--$454$3,162,8111Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$207,979-68%842755$247$3,686,8553Focus
4The Monuments Men$37,725-61%501-437$75$76,625,9738Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$35,045-66%387-682$91$398,426,65619Disney
6The Nut Job$27,211-68%294-41$93$63,133,46611Open Road
7Ride Along$25,200-63%360-290$70$133,684,46511Universal
83 Days to Kill$18,423-62%340-412$54$30,252,4016Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$15,713-60%210-137$75$3,198,2893Warner Bros.
10Gravity$13,049-58%135-67$97$273,325,68826Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$12,068-64%228-294$53$56,390,47824Fox Searchlight
12Philomena$11,255-60%202-95$56$37,336,37919Weinstein Company
13American Hustle$10,899-53%188-93$58$150,028,32016Sony / Columbia
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,147-62%185-39$55$258,216,40016Warner Bros. / New Line
15Lone Survivor$9,970-55%165-46$60$124,974,44614Universal
16The Wolf of Wall Street$7,557-62%134-81$56$116,874,28414Paramount
17Her (2013)$6,361-54%11037$58$25,466,04815Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$6,224-62%107-21$58$50,555,33111Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$5,175-69%158-53$33$424,650,75219Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$4,564-64%99-79$46$27,196,23022Focus
2That Awkward Moment$3,903-53%68-25$57$26,052,9859Focus
3Ernest & Celestine$2,898-74%125$242$131,7675GKIDS
4August: Osage County$2,890-68%81-60$36$37,674,98814Weinstein Company
5Gloria (2014)$2,726-54%36-14$76$2,028,11210Roadside Attractions
6Stalingrad (2014)$2,037-50%6653$31$1,006,1795Sony / Columbia
7Walking With Dinosaurs$1,687-73%42-17$40$36,053,50415Fox
8Winter's Tale$1,573-52%85-59$19$12,593,2337Warner Bros.
9Vampire Academy$567-62%24-11$24$7,786,5238Weinstein Company
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$427187%10$427$26,4318Rialto Pictures
11Blood Ties$230-70%5-23$46$41,4592Roadside Attractions