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 Thu, Jun. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$5,424,480-6%3,306--$1,641$82,450,1301Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$4,684,897-2%4,253--$1,102$69,876,7351Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Maleficent$2,441,9862%3,623-325$674$172,968,5683Disney
4The Fault in Our Stars$2,178,779-2%3,273100$666$90,128,3332Fox
5Edge of Tomorrow$1,703,3290%3,50515$486$64,171,4932Warner Bros.
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,026,302-1%3,042-597$337$210,594,2504Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$399,1731%2,088-1022$191$193,095,0845Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$384,910-1%2,413-747$160$38,701,9003Universal
9Neighbors (2014)$322,4300%1,896-778$170$144,348,5756Universal
10Chef$286,606-2%1,102-196$260$15,097,1906Open Road
11Blended$239,0590%1,581-1347$151$41,351,3914Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$121,9534%682-799$179$198,877,2057Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$103,3361%577-1066$179$33,864,1485Disney
3Belle$84,2144%338-138$249$8,879,4807Fox Searchlight
4Rio 2$82,1383%383-319$214$126,962,61310Fox
5Divergent$70,1356%33638$209$149,889,67213Lionsgate / Summit
6Heaven is for Real$63,1438%53286$119$89,631,9569Sony / TriStar
7Words and Pictures$49,877-7%217119$230$1,262,8704Roadside Attractions
8The LEGO Movie$43,012-32%30127$143$256,523,72519Warner Bros.
9The Grand Seduction$39,2064%104-3$377$1,438,6263eOne Films US
10The Other Woman (2014)$37,2385%244-245$153$82,873,9978Fox
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$32,66410%207-17$158$110,735,33815Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$28,2922%149-36$190$58,214,29515Fox Searchlight
13The Signal (2014)$25,6583%120--$214$253,9501Focus
14God's Not Dead$24,41110%150-50$163$60,389,07113Freestyle / Pure Flix
15The Immigrant$22,4643%140-5$160$1,770,0435Weinstein Company
16Noah$10,20715%103-33$99$101,200,04412Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$46,3839%412$1,131$3,113,85311Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Fed Up$14,88229%56-32$266$1,373,1026RADiUS-TWC
3Moms' Night Out$10,51113%81-211$130$10,118,1396Sony / TriStar
4Brick Mansions$7,9993%85-14$94$20,253,3618Relativity Media
5The Railway Man$5,5275%50-127$111$4,326,61010Weinstein Company
6Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$5,494-2%18--$305$81,3072RADiUS-TWC
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,649-54%43-41$85$8,352,0986Clarius Entertainment
8Draft Day$3,27617%53-60$62$28,842,23710Lionsgate / Summit
9Oculus$2,121-1%31-16$68$27,682,73810Relativity Media
10Transcendence$2,00320%58-47$35$23,022,3099Warner Bros.
11The Hornet's Nest$618-29%3-13$206$302,0516Freestyle Releasing
12Accident (2014 re-issue)$350-22%1--$350$15,7144Rialto Pictures
13Filmistaan$23966%8-16$30$45,4062UTV Motion Pictures
14The Unknown Known$185-46%30$62$275,17811RADiUS-TWC
15Blue Ruin$169-37%2-1$85$257,5638RADiUS-TWC
16Heropanti$166-33%1-2$166$63,6494UTV Motion Pictures