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, May. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$3,560,737-14%4,324--$823$110,700,7221Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$1,105,850-11%3,23833$342$52,480,0432Fox
3Heaven is for Real$611,388-7%2,930225$209$68,220,0393Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$509,053-5%3,179-441$160$239,377,7455Disney
5Rio 2$341,2601%3,314-389$103$108,040,2444Fox
6Brick Mansions$231,446-23%2,6470$87$16,847,8182Relativity Media
7Bears$186,62219%1,79070$104$15,011,0443Disneynature
8God's Not Dead$168,692-6%1,330-270$127$56,262,8167Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Divergent$143,746-16%1,639-427$88$143,323,9197Lionsgate / Summit
10Draft Day$110,256-20%1,354-726$81$26,914,7914Lionsgate / Summit
11Transcendence$98,157-21%1,775-1680$55$21,856,0733Warner Bros.
12The Quiet Ones$98,081-25%2,0270$48$7,276,3892Lionsgate
13A Haunted House 2$75,433-21%1,328-982$57$16,499,7863Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$184,571-1%884-137$209$52,281,1289Fox Searchlight
2Noah$80,004-9%929-675$86$99,375,5426Paramount
3Oculus$57,027-23%884-997$65$26,985,9574Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$46,774-9%1648$285$1,822,7964Weinstein Company
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$17,756-2%410-58$43$108,620,6919Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The LEGO Movie$17,5491%220-83$80$253,178,10613Warner Bros.
7Non-Stop (2014)$14,065-7%218-34$65$90,775,93510Universal
8300: Rise of an Empire$13,108-9%235-90$56$106,091,5029Warner Bros.
9Son of God$3,5871%126-85$28$59,646,23610Fox
10The Nut Job$3,43818%101-59$34$64,251,53816Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$33,04431%370$893$1,424,8205Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Belle$11,01316%4--$2,753$147,1011Fox Searchlight
3Blue Ruin$9,93216%60--$166$156,7582RADiUS-TWC
42 States$8,740-26%96-41$91$2,068,6003UTV Motion Pictures
5Decoding Annie Parker$6,60861%13--$508$38,2641eOne Films US
6Cesar Chavez$4,625-22%9752$48$5,571,4976Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Walk of Shame$3,481-38%51--$68$59,2091Focus World
8Sabotage (2014)$3,22413%60-15$54$10,484,1636Open Road
9Dom Hemingway$3,210-2%47-72$68$509,5305Fox Searchlight
10Bad Words$3,19025%40-74$80$7,729,6118Focus
11Joe (2014)$2,936-7%39-2$75$354,1914Roadside Attractions
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,664144%1210$222$48,6213Rialto Pictures
133 Days to Kill$2,6132%64-21$41$30,665,66211Relativity Media
14Gravity$2,10910%65-40$32$274,092,70531Warner Bros.
15Philomena$1,100-33%22-11$50$37,697,01824Weinstein Company
16Watermark$1,02933%11-5$94$79,9485eOne Films US
17Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$46710%1-1$467$41,89413Rialto Pictures
18The Unknown Known$35812%15-7$24$264,8235RADiUS-TWC
19Gloria (2014)$252-26%90$28$2,103,54315Roadside Attractions
20August: Osage County$77-29%3-4$26$37,738,81019Weinstein Company