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 Thu, Apr. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$2,300,385-12%3,567--$645$55,341,1611Paramount
2Divergent$1,484,458-5%3,9360$377$101,029,1402Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$731,785-5%1,178362$621$24,795,5842Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$641,902-2%3,1940$201$35,857,4512Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$559,598-3%3,299-308$170$96,901,9254Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$310,625-15%2,486--$125$6,858,5851Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$285,407-21%2,601-484$110$102,557,6524Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$267,306-16%2,705-410$99$39,003,5853Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$251,500-17%2,515-430$100$86,310,7905Universal
10The LEGO Movie$224,591-3%2,001-500$112$249,206,3038Warner Bros.
11Son of God$85,050-11%1,277-862$67$58,239,6465Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$67,913-18%1,139-757$60$15,335,2823Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$695,100-2%977673$711$27,080,4274Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$183,717-11%842755$218$4,328,4043Focus
3Cesar Chavez$133,242-2%664--$201$3,636,0951Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Monuments Men$41,224-5%501-437$82$76,756,4918Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$38,0516%387-682$98$398,539,01319Disney
6The Nut Job$32,1863%294-41$109$63,232,81811Open Road
7Ride Along$21,705-14%360-290$60$133,756,81511Universal
83 Days to Kill$19,724-8%340-412$58$30,321,2256Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$16,225-3%210-137$77$3,248,5983Warner Bros.
10Philomena$15,7655%202-95$78$37,383,78819Weinstein Company
1112 Years a Slave$12,509-15%228-294$55$56,435,06724Fox Searchlight
12Gravity$11,599-4%135-67$86$273,363,30826Warner Bros.
13American Hustle$11,266-10%188-93$60$150,065,01616Sony / Columbia
14Her (2013)$10,20837%11037$93$25,491,42415Warner Bros.
15The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,1972%185-39$55$258,246,58416Warner Bros. / New Line
16Lone Survivor$9,1451%165-46$55$125,002,62114Universal
17The Wolf of Wall Street$8,018-13%134-81$60$116,900,69414Paramount
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$7,5796%107-21$71$50,577,41211Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$5,8739%158-53$37$424,668,04719Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1That Awkward Moment$5,47717%68-25$81$26,068,9559Focus
2Dallas Buyers Club$5,2620%99-79$53$27,213,18022Focus
3Dom Hemingway$3,953-28%4--$988$9,4520Fox Searchlight
4Ernest & Celestine$3,40012%125$283$140,3075GKIDS
5August: Osage County$3,234-19%81-60$40$37,687,33214Weinstein Company
6Gloria (2014)$2,910-3%36-14$81$2,037,44710Roadside Attractions
7Winter's Tale$2,79818%85-59$33$12,600,2317Warner Bros.
8Stalingrad (2014)$2,0523%6653$31$1,012,3685Sony / Columbia
9Walking With Dinosaurs$1,997-11%42-17$48$36,059,75915Fox
10Vampire Academy$7239%24-11$30$7,788,5538Weinstein Company
11Blood Ties$245-41%5-23$49$42,4722Roadside Attractions