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, Jun. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent$5,612,603-22%3,948--$1,422$88,447,8511Disney
2X-Men: Days of Future Past$2,824,137-25%4,0015$706$171,796,1412Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,419,590-24%3,158--$450$21,709,4651Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$1,117,001-18%3,501-451$319$178,079,8013Warner Bros.
5Neighbors (2014)$897,550-15%2,939-327$305$131,834,8904Universal
6Blended$762,465-17%3,5550$214$31,740,7062Warner Bros.
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$402,062-20%2,152-1008$187$194,017,4255Sony / Columbia
8Million Dollar Arm$399,096-7%2,329-690$171$29,158,2783Disney
9The Other Woman (2014)$170,963-10%1,114-1040$153$81,595,6936Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$244,4123%624126$392$7,514,3474Open Road
2Belle$161,267-6%52572$307$6,656,0985Fox Searchlight
3Rio 2$159,0967%983-718$162$124,753,3758Fox
4Heaven is for Real$100,987-8%722-998$140$88,320,1337Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$68,841-8%539-834$128$255,384,6209Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$49,488-6%249-111$199$57,486,76413Fox Searchlight
7Divergent$42,959-6%373-271$115$148,769,74411Lionsgate / Summit
8The LEGO Movie$40,6025%302-21$134$255,548,52017Warner Bros.
9The Immigrant$39,6319%1503$264$1,194,3133Weinstein Company
10Moms' Night Out$37,526-25%383-478$98$9,716,7394Sony / TriStar
11The Railway Man$33,515-9%496-104$68$4,146,9728Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$28,367-2%254-32$112$110,129,19913Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Fed Up$24,7045%1042$238$1,095,9754RADiUS-TWC
14Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$21,978-17%180-494$122$8,221,9404Clarius Entertainment
15Noah$20,829-1%182-37$114$100,929,75010Paramount
16God's Not Dead$18,916-2%155-90$122$59,851,92111Freestyle / Pure Flix
17Draft Day$11,070-13%17328$64$28,731,9418Lionsgate / Summit
18Transcendence$6,651-12%128-74$52$22,950,3977Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$51,487-32%94--$548$487,3501eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,3252%390$957$2,494,8879Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Words and Pictures$9,72021%133$748$243,9572Roadside Attractions
4A Haunted House 2$5,867-8%74-14$79$17,282,0857Open Road
5Oculus$5,530-9%83-22$67$27,619,6868Relativity Media
6The Hornet's Nest$5,2040%42-15$124$271,3974Freestyle Releasing
7The Quiet Ones$3,275-8%72-20$45$8,506,3476Lionsgate
8Brick Mansions$2,767-20%45-123$61$20,040,1966Relativity Media
9Heropanti$1,411-19%11-5$128$61,1112UTV Motion Pictures
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$34722%2--$174$47,39717Rialto Pictures
11Blue Ruin$225-54%61$38$250,8816RADiUS-TWC