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. 31 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent$25,750,6416%3,948--$6,522$50,048,1001Disney
2X-Men: Days of Future Past$13,794,99247%4,0015$3,448$152,680,3422Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$6,409,1804%3,158--$2,030$12,565,7701Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$5,246,02257%3,501-451$1,498$171,022,0993Warner Bros.
5Blended$3,661,17347%3,5550$1,030$27,354,4362Warner Bros.
6Neighbors (2014)$3,454,35038%2,939-327$1,175$126,836,7604Universal
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,662,98862%2,152-1008$773$191,644,3835Sony / Columbia
8Million Dollar Arm$1,593,22453%2,329-690$684$27,034,1443Disney
9The Other Woman (2014)$613,45539%1,114-1040$551$80,742,6196Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$888,27378%624126$1,424$6,302,3214Open Road
2Belle$557,60659%52572$1,062$5,837,6355Fox Searchlight
3Rio 2$485,61376%983-718$494$123,965,7788Fox
4Heaven is for Real$331,20552%722-998$459$87,761,4757Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$290,16262%539-834$538$255,019,0949Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$177,23270%249-111$712$57,245,62813Fox Searchlight
7The Immigrant$146,38079%1503$976$1,001,6193Weinstein Company
8Divergent$144,86048%373-271$388$148,556,26011Lionsgate / Summit
9Moms' Night Out$122,68625%383-478$320$9,517,7524Sony / TriStar
10The LEGO Movie$116,91155%302-21$387$255,352,75917Warner Bros.
11The Railway Man$93,07654%496-104$188$3,985,1258Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$89,70573%254-32$353$109,991,88713Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Fed Up$66,66649%1042$641$972,6194RADiUS-TWC
14Noah$63,18063%182-37$347$100,820,07310Paramount
15God's Not Dead$48,46446%155-90$313$59,760,13311Freestyle / Pure Flix
16Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$36,84720%180-494$205$8,127,7304Clarius Entertainment
17Draft Day$36,27435%17328$210$28,676,5108Lionsgate / Summit
18Transcendence$20,16740%128-74$158$22,916,9247Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$146,75557%94--$1,561$240,4541eOne Films US
2Words and Pictures$36,08481%133$2,776$195,4542Roadside Attractions
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$35,210-32%390$903$2,365,2819Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Hornet's Nest$20,75922%42-15$494$242,9434Freestyle Releasing
5A Haunted House 2$20,32980%74-14$275$17,246,8947Open Road
6Oculus$15,21046%83-22$183$27,590,0958Relativity Media
7The Quiet Ones$12,16362%72-20$169$8,488,6636Lionsgate
8Brick Mansions$9,00155%45-123$200$20,025,3326Relativity Media
9Heropanti$4,225115%11-5$384$54,8832UTV Motion Pictures
10Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,11083%40$278$133,8747Rialto Pictures
11Blue Ruin$82751%61$138$249,4526RADiUS-TWC
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$565-14%2--$283$46,02717Rialto Pictures
13The Unknown Known$9038%1-4$90$269,1299RADiUS-TWC