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. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$5,716,351-30%3,996--$1,431$124,500,6291Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$2,109,267-22%3,9520$534$160,584,3322Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$1,353,775-15%3,266-45$415$119,741,0303Universal
4Blended$1,105,159-20%3,555--$311$20,214,5241Warner Bros.
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$586,072-20%3,160-831$185$188,425,9814Sony / Columbia
6Million Dollar Arm$546,232-13%3,0190$181$23,874,4152Disney
7The Other Woman (2014)$369,539-10%2,154-900$172$79,385,2705Fox
8Rio 2$224,750-4%1,701-670$132$122,966,9267Fox
9Heaven is for Real$203,410-9%1,720-1173$118$87,016,4546Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$146,375-9%1,373-898$107$254,419,6398Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$230,2458%498426$462$4,707,5503Open Road
2Belle$186,3894%453280$411$4,749,7694Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$95,353-19%861-185$111$9,196,6783Sony / TriStar
4The Railway Man$72,028-6%600417$120$3,769,5007Weinstein Company
5Divergent$71,114-5%644-347$110$148,253,89010Lionsgate / Summit
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$69,480-2%360-270$193$56,903,56112Fox Searchlight
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$62,085-1%674-1904$92$7,988,9033Clarius Entertainment
8The Immigrant$47,3495%147144$322$731,6392Weinstein Company
9Fed Up$33,15321%10247$325$831,0353RADiUS-TWC
10The LEGO Movie$32,872-3%323-32$102$255,122,56616Warner Bros.
11God's Not Dead$28,433-6%245-535$116$59,648,10410Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Noah$24,656-7%219-67$113$100,694,1019Paramount
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$23,251-12%286-33$81$109,821,23812Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Non-Stop (2014)$14,5356%153-67$95$91,727,55013Universal
15Transcendence$9,885-1%202-113$49$22,871,8286Warner Bros.
16Brick Mansions$9,855-1%168-556$59$20,002,7865Relativity Media
17Oculus$8,033-11%105-35$77$27,556,3017Relativity Media
18Draft Day$7,1001%145-350$49$28,606,6697Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$39,6589%392$1,017$2,240,9558Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$8,92626%10--$893$131,4291Roadside Attractions
3A Haunted House 2$8,1854%88-36$93$17,207,6596Open Road
4The Hornet's Nest$7,990-15%5740$140$196,9163Freestyle Releasing
5The Quiet Ones$3,988-7%92-249$43$8,465,4205Lionsgate
6Godzilla: The Japanese Original$3,2101505%4-4$803$131,6366Rialto Pictures
7300: Rise of an Empire$3,02030%71-84$43$106,576,15212Warner Bros.
8Heropanti$2,754-47%16--$172$46,4911UTV Motion Pictures
9Accident (2014 re-issue)$1,56462%1--$1,564$10,1991Rialto Pictures
10Bad Words$352-24%21-62$17$7,779,16311Focus
112 States$271-43%4-28$68$2,237,7616UTV Motion Pictures
12Blue Ruin$23833%5-19$48$247,8005RADiUS-TWC
13The Unknown Known$104108%52$21$268,8848RADiUS-TWC
14Grand D├ępart$710%1--$71$6011Rialto Premieres