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. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$4,581,331-8%3,952--$1,159$117,348,3671Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$2,004,510-1%3,31132$605$99,679,8652Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,030,4171%3,991-333$258$177,101,1923Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$686,0695%3,019--$227$13,534,8051Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$555,971-3%3,054-252$182$74,098,4224Fox
6Heaven is for Real$369,6112%2,893-155$128$83,800,0785Sony / TriStar
7Captain America: The Winter Soldier$294,8490%2,271-430$130$251,840,9987Disney
8Rio 2$244,56611%2,371-602$103$119,098,0406Fox
9Moms' Night Out$195,62617%1,0462$187$7,965,8462Sony / TriStar
10Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$154,5714%2,578-80$60$7,233,2782Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$114,4148%630-140$182$55,932,44611Fox Searchlight
2Belle$107,9601%173128$624$2,199,7603Fox Searchlight
3Divergent$93,713-4%991-242$95$147,209,9219Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$89,81215%780-220$115$59,270,2349Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Bears$43,618-14%580-663$75$17,047,6515Disneynature
6The LEGO Movie$42,05911%355-46$118$254,514,48815Warner Bros.
7Brick Mansions$38,034-18%724-1230$53$19,803,7084Relativity Media
8The Railway Man$36,61110%1832$200$2,891,3936Weinstein Company
9Draft Day$24,6802%495-325$50$28,492,5606Lionsgate / Summit
10Transcendence$23,11212%315-200$73$22,733,9145Warner Bros.
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$21,15524%319-38$66$109,392,85211Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Noah$20,954-4%286-191$73$100,355,3068Paramount
13Non-Stop (2014)$18,805-5%220-16$85$91,518,70512Universal
14The Quiet Ones$11,155-12%341-792$33$8,408,9014Lionsgate
15300: Rise of an Empire$9,94740%155-36$64$106,530,87411Warner Bros.
16A Haunted House 2$9,504-10%124-402$77$17,096,8725Open Road
17Oculus$7,268-9%140-270$52$27,465,0366Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$81,8498%7266$1,137$1,288,2992Open Road
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$44,65841%371$1,207$1,969,0527Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Fed Up$23,56710%5536$428$461,0362RADiUS-TWC
4The Immigrant$7,0363%3--$2,345$70,3401Weinstein Company
5The Hornet's Nest$3,72119%1713$219$65,4752Freestyle Releasing
6Bad Words$2,5656%8354$31$7,774,63910Focus
72 States$2,394-27%32-27$75$2,234,1105UTV Motion Pictures
8Blue Ruin$1,6982%24-37$71$245,7854RADiUS-TWC
9Son of God$1,26735%46-22$28$59,685,20812Fox
10Godzilla: The Japanese Original$8950%8-21$112$121,1805Rialto Pictures
11Philomena$51682%9-4$57$37,709,97926Weinstein Company
12Joe (2014)$3591%10-13$36$373,3756Roadside Attractions
13The Unknown Known$164-36%3-3$55$267,5177RADiUS-TWC