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. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$29,283,650-18%3,996--$7,328$64,795,6241Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$11,773,12534%3,9520$2,979$137,921,4272Warner Bros.
3Blended$5,221,57619%3,555--$1,469$9,594,7991Warner Bros.
4Neighbors (2014)$5,142,37520%3,266-45$1,575$109,115,4003Universal
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$3,070,20150%3,160-831$972$182,218,8124Sony / Columbia
6Million Dollar Arm$2,703,49949%3,0190$895$18,058,6132Disney
7The Other Woman (2014)$1,418,04529%2,154-900$658$76,612,9055Fox
8Rio 2$1,022,28291%1,701-670$601$120,656,5297Fox
9Heaven is for Real$781,02556%1,720-1173$454$85,081,3306Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$670,54151%1,373-898$488$252,955,7768Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$894,23359%498426$1,796$2,744,7193Open Road
2Belle$659,00454%453280$1,455$3,286,3544Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$289,53524%861-185$336$8,489,5143Sony / TriStar
4Divergent$269,01846%644-347$418$147,663,77310Lionsgate / Summit
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$266,08261%360-270$739$56,363,63912Fox Searchlight
6The Railway Man$213,73340%600417$356$3,257,6817Weinstein Company
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$190,68776%674-1904$283$7,532,2283Clarius Entertainment
8The Immigrant$183,95762%147144$1,251$367,9542Weinstein Company
9The LEGO Movie$162,53066%323-32$503$254,774,91516Warner Bros.
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$115,90475%286-33$405$109,575,14412Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Fed Up$91,04631%10247$893$621,6543RADiUS-TWC
12God's Not Dead$85,00646%245-535$347$59,413,28710Freestyle / Pure Flix
13Noah$80,88646%219-67$369$100,491,7039Paramount
14Non-Stop (2014)$61,20045%153-67$400$91,621,98013Universal
15Brick Mansions$57,61836%168-556$343$19,903,7745Relativity Media
16Transcendence$36,99136%202-113$183$22,798,1506Warner Bros.
17Draft Day$30,14937%145-350$208$28,544,7627Lionsgate / Summit
18Oculus$21,55840%105-35$205$27,501,9917Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$49,284-4%392$1,264$2,069,4348Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$34,61752%10--$3,462$57,3801Roadside Attractions
3A Haunted House 2$29,29466%88-36$333$17,143,8136Open Road
4The Hornet's Nest$26,846-4%5740$471$120,4183Freestyle Releasing
5The Quiet Ones$16,73772%92-249$182$8,435,3925Lionsgate
6300: Rise of an Empire$12,63750%71-84$178$106,551,95212Warner Bros.
7Heropanti$11,89220%16--$743$21,8071UTV Motion Pictures
8Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,47233%4-4$618$125,5106Rialto Pictures
9Accident (2014 re-issue)$2,16410%1--$2,164$4,1261Rialto Pictures
10Bad Words$1,11052%21-62$53$7,776,48011Focus
112 States$87351%4-28$218$2,235,5636UTV Motion Pictures
12Blue Ruin$471-7%5-19$94$246,7635RADiUS-TWC
13The Unknown Known$41837%52$84$268,2418RADiUS-TWC
14Grand D├ępart$13613%1--$136$2561Rialto Premieres