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 Sun, Jun. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent$19,383,198-25%3,948--$4,910$69,431,2981Disney
2X-Men: Days of Future Past$9,339,859-32%4,0015$2,334$162,020,2012Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$4,231,615-34%3,158--$1,340$16,797,3851Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$3,417,587-35%3,501-451$976$174,439,6863Warner Bros.
5Neighbors (2014)$2,129,605-38%2,939-327$725$128,966,3654Universal
6Blended$1,996,403-45%3,5550$562$29,350,8392Warner Bros.
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,091,519-34%2,152-1008$507$192,735,9025Sony / Columbia
8Million Dollar Arm$950,909-40%2,329-690$408$27,985,0533Disney
9The Other Woman (2014)$333,415-46%1,114-1040$299$81,076,0346Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$524,109-41%624126$840$6,826,4304Open Road
2Rio 2$354,959-27%983-718$361$124,320,7378Fox
3Belle$351,263-37%52572$669$6,188,8985Fox Searchlight
4Heaven is for Real$251,872-24%722-998$349$88,013,3477Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$157,456-46%539-834$292$255,176,5509Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$93,143-47%249-111$374$57,338,77113Fox Searchlight
7Divergent$84,295-42%373-271$226$148,640,55511Lionsgate / Summit
8The LEGO Movie$84,238-28%302-21$279$255,436,99717Warner Bros.
9The Immigrant$83,721-43%1503$558$1,085,3403Weinstein Company
10Moms' Night Out$72,471-41%383-478$189$9,590,2234Sony / TriStar
11The Railway Man$64,346-31%496-104$130$4,049,4718Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$57,795-36%254-32$228$110,049,68213Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Fed Up$52,627-21%1042$506$1,025,2464RADiUS-TWC
14Noah$48,940-23%182-37$269$100,869,01310Paramount
15God's Not Dead$37,043-24%155-90$239$59,797,17611Freestyle / Pure Flix
16Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$29,562-20%180-494$164$8,157,2924Clarius Entertainment
17Draft Day$21,848-40%17328$126$28,698,3588Lionsgate / Summit
18Transcendence$13,564-33%128-74$106$22,930,4887Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$83,289-43%94--$886$323,7431eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$28,002-20%390$718$2,393,2839Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Words and Pictures$22,225-38%133$1,710$217,6792Roadside Attractions
4A Haunted House 2$16,873-17%74-14$228$17,263,7677Open Road
5Oculus$12,935-15%83-22$156$27,603,0308Relativity Media
6The Hornet's Nest$12,885-38%42-15$307$255,8284Freestyle Releasing
7The Quiet Ones$7,449-39%72-20$103$8,496,1126Lionsgate
8Brick Mansions$6,042-33%45-123$134$20,031,3746Relativity Media
9Heropanti$2,267-46%11-5$206$57,1502UTV Motion Pictures
10Blue Ruin$562-32%61$94$250,0146RADiUS-TWC
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$558-1%2--$279$46,58517Rialto Pictures
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$246-78%40$62$134,1207Rialto Pictures
13The Unknown Known$22-76%1-4$22$269,1519RADiUS-TWC