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 Tue, Jun. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$4,465,57623%3,3060$1,351$118,015,1512Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$4,336,15539%4,26815$1,016$102,055,4562Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Think Like a Man Too$2,559,9023%2,225--$1,151$34,277,1131Sony / Screen Gems
4Maleficent$2,315,41532%3,450-173$671$189,943,5934Disney
5Jersey Boys$1,933,40931%2,905--$666$16,725,2781Warner Bros.
6The Fault in Our Stars$1,759,09423%3,34067$527$101,885,0973Fox
7Edge of Tomorrow$1,572,01031%3,212-293$489$76,765,9723Warner Bros.
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,043,23932%2,681-361$389$218,579,8915Fox
9Godzilla (2014)$330,23826%1,365-723$242$195,576,7366Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$255,69021%1,417-996$180$40,769,9854Universal
11Neighbors (2014)$221,60526%1,033-863$215$146,114,1457Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$260,20823%961-141$271$17,277,0917Open Road
2Blended$191,33249%842-739$227$42,678,4565Warner Bros.
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$98,66815%434-248$227$199,695,4028Sony / Columbia
4Rio 2$92,92240%310-73$300$127,535,32411Fox
5Belle$54,62630%244-94$224$9,294,9038Fox Searchlight
6The Grand Seduction$49,94482%12420$403$1,847,0364eOne Films US
7Divergent$48,7948%289-47$169$150,253,84214Lionsgate / Summit
8The LEGO Movie$41,86229%31514$133$256,770,70620Warner Bros.
9The Other Woman (2014)$39,47716%231-13$171$83,164,6429Fox
10Heaven is for Real$33,51214%201-331$167$89,874,54210Sony / TriStar
11Words and Pictures$29,50417%175-42$169$1,532,5855Roadside Attractions
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$26,89752%179-28$150$110,889,34516Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Grand Budapest Hotel$24,83422%112-37$222$58,392,40716Fox Searchlight
14The Signal (2014)$23,95314%20484$117$448,6162Focus
15God's Not Dead$17,47214%112-38$156$60,514,59714Freestyle / Pure Flix
16The Immigrant$15,54635%110-30$141$1,885,9936Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$44,69252%410$1,090$3,317,42412Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$11,80990%529$227$8,406,5187Clarius Entertainment
3The Railway Man$7,9279%8434$94$4,376,86311Weinstein Company
4Moms' Night Out$7,67555%50-31$154$10,179,6127Sony / TriStar
5Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$7,06612%4628$154$139,2753RADiUS-TWC
6Fed Up$6,260-17%47-9$133$1,415,0027RADiUS-TWC
7Brick Mansions$5,08418%60-25$85$20,294,9069Relativity Media
8Oculus$1,0842%17-14$64$27,691,62511Relativity Media
9The Hornet's Nest$3551%30$118$305,7277Freestyle Releasing
10The Unknown Known$170158%2-1$85$275,89412RADiUS-TWC
11Blue Ruin$74-24%1-1$74$258,2849RADiUS-TWC