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 Sat, May. 17 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$32,160,363-16%3,952--$8,138$70,570,9701Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$10,083,61518%3,31132$3,045$84,136,2902Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$7,388,73462%3,991-333$1,851$167,306,7623Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$4,315,91124%3,019--$1,430$7,783,9151Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$2,662,75030%3,054-252$872$70,079,0424Fox
6Heaven is for Real$1,822,80445%2,893-155$630$80,932,5605Sony / TriStar
7Rio 2$1,679,04094%2,371-602$708$116,796,3626Fox
8Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,621,78159%2,271-430$714$249,510,4247Disney
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$874,58687%2,578-80$339$5,950,4382Clarius Entertainment
10Moms' Night Out$728,81817%1,0462$697$6,777,0762Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$518,22649%991-242$523$146,490,3299Lionsgate / Summit
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$460,18154%630-140$730$55,195,81611Fox Searchlight
3Belle$407,25560%173128$2,354$1,489,1673Fox Searchlight
4God's Not Dead$305,97244%780-220$392$58,705,2589Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The LEGO Movie$238,40189%355-46$672$254,182,33715Warner Bros.
6Brick Mansions$219,06450%724-1230$303$19,468,8814Relativity Media
7Draft Day$162,60250%495-325$328$28,294,3046Lionsgate / Summit
8Mr. Peabody & Sherman$140,38899%319-38$440$109,209,25311Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Bears$137,57717%580-663$237$16,719,5665Disneynature
10300: Rise of an Empire$136,452173%155-36$880$106,393,34411Warner Bros.
11The Railway Man$135,54955%1832$741$2,667,1526Weinstein Company
12Non-Stop (2014)$132,990112%220-16$605$91,366,90012Universal
13Transcendence$117,49057%315-200$373$22,548,3715Warner Bros.
14Noah$89,83262%286-191$314$100,196,2878Paramount
15The Quiet Ones$74,76442%341-792$219$8,323,7144Lionsgate
16A Haunted House 2$43,40382%124-402$350$17,034,4755Open Road
17Oculus$34,83939%140-270$249$27,409,7176Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$314,00057%7266$4,361$796,8722Open Road
2Fed Up$73,29846%55--$1,333$308,7962RADiUS-TWC
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,550-17%371$1,312$1,797,9117Warner Bros. / IMAX
4RoboCop (2014)$34,755150%81-65$429$58,553,93014Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$24,48749%94-28$261$78,019,07415Sony / Columbia
6The Immigrant$18,66058%3--$6,220$30,5021Weinstein Company
72 States$15,54863%32-27$486$2,210,8225UTV Motion Pictures
8Bad Words$9,34259%8354$113$7,758,21810Focus
9The Hornet's Nest$8,179-6%1713$481$47,3692Freestyle Releasing
10Blue Ruin$3,57920%24-37$149$236,3834RADiUS-TWC
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$3,31542%8-11$414$116,0805Rialto Pictures
12Son of God$3,00622%46-22$65$59,678,74812Fox
13Philomena$1,33540%9-4$148$37,706,29226Weinstein Company
14Joe (2014)$97479%10-13$97$371,0826Roadside Attractions
15The Unknown Known$32998%3-3$110$266,7067RADiUS-TWC