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, Apr. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$12,007,367--3,948--$3,041$12,007,3671Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$11,866,741159%3,9380$3,013$129,474,9122Disney
3Oculus$4,966,899--2,648--$1,876$4,966,8991Relativity Media
4Draft Day$3,559,192--2,781--$1,280$3,559,1921Lionsgate / Summit
5Divergent$2,267,943192%3,110-521$729$119,644,9364Lionsgate / Summit
6Noah$2,058,82999%3,282-289$627$79,480,4643Paramount
7God's Not Dead$1,592,739149%1,860102$856$36,950,0514Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,184,476133%1,467204$807$36,604,0316Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$558,28682%2,261-791$247$44,035,3334Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$470,50580%2,001-930$235$103,860,4846Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$220,98084%762-962$290$88,925,2857Universal
2Need For Speed$210,45673%613-1166$343$41,604,7005Disney / DreamWorks
3Bad Words$182,99048%763-311$240$6,713,0965Focus
4300: Rise of an Empire$130,44916%525-1030$248$104,709,8746Warner Bros.
5The LEGO Movie$120,19426%610-740$197$251,178,96510Warner Bros.
6Sabotage (2014)$101,113-43%751-1735$135$9,809,2443Open Road
7Frozen (2013)$97,030228%34423$282$399,157,27221Disney
8Cesar Chavez$82,56711%305-359$271$4,983,3953Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Son of God$68,482121%905424$76$58,740,5557Fox
10The Monuments Men$54,047--265-43$204$77,136,22810Sony / Columbia
11The Nut Job$47,24382%261-24$181$63,660,17113Open Road
12Ride Along$42,415227%177-59$240$134,038,95013Universal
13RoboCop (2014)$39,067--19476$201$57,435,1129Sony / Columbia
14Gravity$38,84474%202-53$192$273,743,18228Warner Bros.
15Frankie & Alice$37,75361%1710$221$500,6362Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
16Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$23,9369%135-290$177$15,790,3425Lionsgate
17Philomena$15,93621%157-40$102$37,538,17121Weinstein Company
18The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$7,41340%101-29$73$258,335,38818Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$46,77044%370$1,264$355,7632Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Joe (2014)$29,505--48--$615$29,5051Roadside Attractions
3Dom Hemingway$20,874801%4238$497$70,6972Fox Searchlight
4The Railway Man$18,078--4--$4,520$18,0781Weinstein Company
5The Unknown Known$17,907--80--$224$106,2702RADiUS-TWC
6Cuban Fury$17,714--79--$224$17,7141eOne Films US
73 Days to Kill$13,19396%83-48$159$30,429,0638Relativity Media
8Pompeii$10,817--93-41$116$23,138,8258Sony / TriStar
912 Years a Slave$9,45718%64-64$148$56,544,36626Fox Searchlight
10Afflicted$6,462-13%34-10$190$109,3132CBS Films
11Ernest & Celestine$4,919-14%3915$126$192,4977GKIDS
12Dallas Buyers Club$4,82876%33-19$146$27,259,39624Focus
13Her (2013)$4,56312%38-47$120$25,544,10517Warner Bros.
14Watermark$3,955152%31$1,318$15,9022eOne Films US
15About Last Night$3,616--26-18$139$48,490,6409Sony / Screen Gems
16Veronica Mars$2,742-36%23-51$119$3,304,0335Warner Bros.
17Gloria (2014)$2,49150%247$104$2,055,55412Roadside Attractions
18August: Osage County$2,114-18%27-15$78$37,712,51616Weinstein Company
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1300%1-2$130$28,97510Rialto Pictures