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, May. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$6,239,73121%4,324--$1,443$103,016,3491Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$1,535,44148%3,23833$474$50,128,9932Fox
3Heaven is for Real$848,15541%2,930225$289$66,952,3523Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$664,00530%3,179-441$209$238,330,5855Disney
5Rio 2$441,53731%3,314-389$133$107,361,8214Fox
6Brick Mansions$392,87833%2,6470$148$16,316,4802Relativity Media
7God's Not Dead$199,39530%1,330-270$150$55,914,6027Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Divergent$194,27233%1,639-427$119$143,008,9717Lionsgate / Summit
9Bears$183,08955%1,79070$102$14,667,5293Disneynature
10The Quiet Ones$161,24823%2,0270$80$7,048,1212Lionsgate
11Transcendence$150,97330%1,775-1680$85$21,633,3343Warner Bros.
12Draft Day$133,73625%1,354-726$99$26,666,8764Lionsgate / Summit
13A Haunted House 2$106,1338%1,328-982$80$16,329,0203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$203,74930%884-137$230$51,909,8259Fox Searchlight
2Noah$100,03321%929-675$108$99,208,0926Paramount
3Oculus$83,58020%884-997$95$26,855,3164Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$52,51723%1648$320$1,724,6384Weinstein Company
5The LEGO Movie$21,69848%220-83$99$253,143,24613Warner Bros.
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$18,7094%410-58$46$108,584,8209Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Non-Stop (2014)$17,54035%218-34$80$90,746,71510Universal
8300: Rise of an Empire$14,85115%235-90$63$16,063,9899Warner Bros.
9Son of God$3,95811%126-85$31$59,639,09110Fox
10The Nut Job$3,59127%101-59$36$64,245,18616Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$22,12323%370$598$1,366,6285Warner Bros. / IMAX
22 States$16,499103%96-41$172$2,048,0303UTV Motion Pictures
3Belle$10,49611%4--$2,624$126,5071Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$8,4973%60--$142$138,2302RADiUS-TWC
5Walk of Shame$5,99737%51--$118$50,1411Focus World
6Cesar Chavez$5,0962%9752$53$5,560,9426Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Dom Hemingway$3,82031%47-72$81$503,0405Fox Searchlight
8Joe (2014)$3,78550%39-2$97$348,1004Roadside Attractions
9Sabotage (2014)$3,36311%60-15$56$10,478,0816Open Road
10Bad Words$3,06787%40-74$77$7,723,8638Focus
11Gloria (2014)$2,978967%90$331$2,102,94915Roadside Attractions
123 Days to Kill$2,79030%64-21$44$30,660,48111Relativity Media
13Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,12014%1211$177$44,8643Rialto Pictures
14Gravity$2,06324%65-40$32$274,088,67831Warner Bros.
15Philomena$1,34446%22-11$61$37,694,27624Weinstein Company
16Decoding Annie Parker$1,184-88%13--$91$27,5561eOne Films US
17The Unknown Known$88035%15-7$59$264,1445RADiUS-TWC
18Watermark$72115%11-5$66$78,1485eOne Films US
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2588%1-1$258$41,00213Rialto Pictures
20August: Osage County$12218%3-4$41$37,738,62519Weinstein Company