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 Wed, May. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$3,656,085-24%3,279--$1,115$61,969,0951Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$2,068,880-29%4,3240$478$153,429,8742Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$777,535-20%3,30668$235$64,553,7793Fox
4Heaven is for Real$515,425-19%3,048118$169$77,336,1384Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$421,532-16%2,701-478$156$246,464,8606Disney
6Rio 2$277,356-19%2,973-341$93$113,939,4885Fox
7Moms' Night Out$223,453-35%1,044--$214$5,133,5681Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$208,068-12%2,658--$78$4,384,1021Clarius Entertainment
9Brick Mansions$146,647-25%1,954-693$75$18,985,8303Relativity Media
10Divergent$139,045-15%1,233-406$113$145,505,7958Lionsgate / Summit
11God's Not Dead$123,807-10%1,000-330$124$58,061,1208Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Bears$102,2880%1,243-547$82$16,339,3264Disneynature
13The Quiet Ones$50,118-19%1,133-894$44$8,162,5993Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$155,113-6%770-114$201$54,276,95610Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$65,286-8%820-534$80$27,961,5625Lionsgate / Summit
3The Railway Man$46,955-9%18117$259$2,397,2085Weinstein Company
4Noah$42,885-16%477-452$90$100,013,0037Paramount
5The LEGO Movie$36,546-9%401181$91$253,780,04614Warner Bros.
6Transcendence$34,277-29%515-1260$67$22,326,0694Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House 2$30,782-11%526-802$59$16,943,0284Open Road
8Oculus$27,374-16%410-474$67$27,327,4685Relativity Media
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$19,2605%357-53$54$108,977,56310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Non-Stop (2014)$16,520-12%23618$70$91,154,65511Universal
11300: Rise of an Empire$8,856-8%191-44$46$106,197,72510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$50,1943%4541$1,115$775,2632Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$35,51422%36-1$987$1,641,9036Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Chef$20,87517%6--$3,479$260,1601Open Road
4Godzilla: The Japanese Original$8,403-31%2917$290$106,9324Rialto Pictures
52 States$7,136-3%59-37$121$2,181,2414UTV Motion Pictures
6Blue Ruin$6,9163%611$113$222,4003RADiUS-TWC
7Decoding Annie Parker$4,1669819%2-11$2,083$44,6902eOne Films US
83 Days to Kill$2,299-18%42-22$55$30,695,45312Relativity Media
9Sabotage (2014)$2,098-14%51-9$41$10,506,1897Open Road
10Bad Words$1,45912%29-11$50$7,741,6699Focus
11Son of God$1,412-13%68-58$21$59,671,37111Fox
12Joe (2014)$1,264-22%23-16$55$368,3935Roadside Attractions
13The Hornet's Nest$1,11018%4--$278$29,7971Freestyle Releasing
14Philomena$479-20%13-9$37$37,703,38925Weinstein Company
15Watermark$46219%5-6$92$84,0966eOne Films US
16Gloria (2014)$345-15%7-2$49$2,107,63816Roadside Attractions
17Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$243-15%10$243$44,55514Rialto Pictures
18The Unknown Known$1966%6-9$33$266,0396RADiUS-TWC