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 Tue, Apr. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$3,604,45516%3,567--$1,011$50,430,3091Paramount
2Divergent$1,941,59717%3,9360$493$97,984,2572Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$811,73511%1,178398$689$23,292,6272Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$774,17015%3,1940$242$34,563,6012Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$680,67412%3,299-308$206$95,765,6694Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$472,5388%2,486--$190$6,182,5181Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$460,14317%2,601-484$177$101,908,9864Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$434,00028%2,705-410$160$38,417,5393Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$364,67521%2,515-430$145$85,757,5355Universal
10The LEGO Movie$283,18314%2,001-500$142$248,749,2478Warner Bros.
11Son of God$109,79217%1,277-862$86$58,058,8435Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$100,81721%1,139-757$89$15,184,1943Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$805,84616%977673$825$25,673,6184Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$251,51721%842755$299$3,938,3723Focus
3Cesar Chavez$203,757-32%664--$307$3,366,5681Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Monuments Men$45,93122%501-437$92$76,671,9048Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$38,46310%387-682$99$398,465,11919Disney
6The Nut Job$35,91832%294-41$122$63,169,38411Open Road
73 Days to Kill$27,61950%340-412$81$30,280,0206Relativity Media
8Ride Along$25,2950%360-290$70$133,709,76011Universal
9Veronica Mars$17,44111%210-137$83$3,215,7303Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$17,31343%228-294$76$56,407,79124Fox Searchlight
11Philomena$16,60648%202-95$82$37,352,98519Weinstein Company
12Gravity$13,9157%135-67$103$273,339,60326Warner Bros.
13American Hustle$12,87218%188-93$68$150,041,19216Sony / Columbia
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,023-1%185-39$54$258,226,42316Warner Bros. / New Line
15Lone Survivor$9,9750%165-46$60$124,984,42114Universal
16The Wolf of Wall Street$9,22022%134-81$69$116,883,50414Paramount
17Her (2013)$7,69621%11037$70$25,473,74415Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$7,34418%107-21$69$50,562,67511Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$6,04017%158-53$38$424,656,79219Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$6,41140%99-79$65$27,202,64122Focus
2That Awkward Moment$5,82049%68-25$86$26,058,8059Focus
3August: Osage County$5,12477%81-60$63$37,680,11214Weinstein Company
4Gloria (2014)$3,41525%36-14$95$2,031,52710Roadside Attractions
5Stalingrad (2014)$2,1495%6653$33$1,008,3285Sony / Columbia
6Ernest & Celestine$2,108-27%125$176$133,8755GKIDS
7Walking With Dinosaurs$2,02020%42-17$48$36,055,52415Fox
8Winter's Tale$1,82916%85-59$22$12,595,0627Warner Bros.
9Vampire Academy$64514%24-11$27$7,787,1688Weinstein Company
10Blood Ties$35353%5-23$71$41,8122Roadside Attractions