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 Mon, Jun. 30 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$10,504,274-59%4,233--$2,482$110,542,6641Paramount
222 Jump Street$2,439,968-46%3,426120$712$142,719,2353Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,273,703-43%3,750-518$606$124,225,9323Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Maleficent$1,441,486-42%3,073-377$469$203,451,5505Disney
5Think Like a Man Too$1,123,579-58%2,2250$505$49,208,3362Sony / Screen Gems
6The Fault in Our Stars$1,023,641-34%2,845-495$360$110,899,4364Fox
7Jersey Boys$981,170-57%2,9050$338$28,425,9202Warner Bros.
8Edge of Tomorrow$779,099-51%2,535-677$307$85,128,0214Warner Bros.
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$561,746-44%2,014-667$279$223,976,6456Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$222,653-56%801-160$278$19,636,0938Open Road
2Godzilla (2014)$147,148-44%750-615$196$197,167,2867Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$127,570-37%510-523$250$147,368,7258Universal
4Blended$110,749-31%475-367$233$43,656,6086Warner Bros.
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$89,525-44%483-934$185$41,811,4555Universal
6Rio 2$85,114-34%32212$264$128,231,44712Fox
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$60,196-34%274-160$220$200,245,7079Sony / Columbia
8Heaven is for Real$41,594-45%21110$197$90,216,73511Sony / TriStar
9The Grand Seduction$40,864-44%119-5$343$2,205,1485eOne Films US
10Belle$38,573-50%175-69$220$9,694,0589Fox Searchlight
11Divergent$34,122-38%210-79$162$150,578,58615Lionsgate / Summit
12The LEGO Movie$29,545-32%33520$88$257,029,80521Warner Bros.
13The Other Woman (2014)$26,874-41%195-36$138$83,430,79910Fox
14Words and Pictures$17,136-57%105-70$163$1,748,7606Roadside Attractions
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$16,066-28%141-38$114$111,033,51117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Moms' Night Out$14,810-37%11767$127$10,291,3368Sony / TriStar
17The Signal (2014)$11,873-46%180-24$66$567,9723Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$43,874-5%410$1,070$3,590,08913Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snowpiercer$27,868-51%8--$3,484$199,0551RADiUS-TWC
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$18,953-46%90-22$211$58,568,96717Fox Searchlight
4Begin Again$13,400-62%5--$2,680$147,4641Weinstein Company
5God's Not Dead$9,689-47%90-22$108$60,614,79315Freestyle / Pure Flix
6The Immigrant$9,343-57%61-49$153$1,994,0867Weinstein Company
7Brick Mansions$9,201-38%31-29$297$20,367,88810Relativity Media
8Fed Up$5,411-35%32-15$169$1,459,6668RADiUS-TWC
9Yves Saint Laurent$3,875-46%2--$1,938$39,7361Weinstein Company
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$3,310-62%31-15$107$179,1134RADiUS-TWC
11The Railway Man$3,176-36%38-46$84$4,410,63412Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$1,983-86%3--$661$40,5911Lionsgate
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,632-48%21-31$78$8,435,4948Clarius Entertainment
14Radio Free Albemuth$850-48%10--$85$6,4031Freestyle Releasing
15The Hornet's Nest$83-68%2-1$42$307,0308Freestyle Releasing