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 Fri, Jul. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$10,619,66910%4,2330$2,509$148,965,4382Paramount
2Tammy$6,415,64216%3,465--$1,852$18,145,1821Warner Bros. / New Line
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,763,37713%3,297-453$838$134,017,7414Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Earth to Echo$2,646,5624%3,230--$819$7,849,4611Relativity Media
5Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$2,542,820-4%3,049--$834$8,054,6721Sony / Screen Gems
622 Jump Street$2,537,0632%3,324-102$763$152,003,3564Sony / Columbia
7Maleficent$1,831,44420%2,389-684$767$209,591,9326Disney
8Jersey Boys$1,797,88264%2,630-275$684$33,333,6773Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$1,325,14721%1,729-496$766$53,623,8713Sony / Screen Gems
10Edge of Tomorrow$1,018,97725%1,538-997$663$88,246,1305Warner Bros.
11America (2014)$1,008,74661%1,1051102$913$2,327,7142Lionsgate
12The Fault in Our Stars$641,579-16%1,865-980$344$114,045,1085Fox
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$537,86231%1,044-970$515$225,757,8647Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$536,19375%686-115$782$20,897,9459Open Road
2Begin Again$424,93698%175170$2,428$963,1852Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$295,83979%250242$1,183$797,3582RADiUS-TWC
4The Amazing Spider-Man 2$115,72814%28915$400$200,593,34010Sony / Columbia
5Godzilla (2014)$111,5656%352-398$317$197,595,1798Warner Bros.
6Neighbors (2014)$92,8452%315-195$295$147,714,4759Universal
7Blended$92,67554%305-170$304$43,938,6907Warner Bros.
8Rio 2$90,153-1%311-11$290$128,593,28113Fox
9A Million Ways to Die in the West$69,32517%227-256$305$42,052,4956Universal
10Belle$57,58635%123-52$468$9,867,30510Fox Searchlight
11Heaven is for Real$47,9541%186-25$258$90,397,81512Sony / TriStar
12Divergent$33,863-16%184-26$184$150,720,98416Lionsgate / Summit
13The Other Woman (2014)$20,693-27%142-53$146$83,527,30011Fox
14The LEGO Movie$18,701-38%240-95$78$257,140,90422Warner Bros.
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$13,748-25%111-30$124$111,103,33918Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$50,73964%91-28$558$2,356,3996eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,739-13%410$1,189$3,791,53914Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Words and Pictures$28,58274%61-44$469$1,823,6937Roadside Attractions
4The Grand Budapest Hotel$27,98533%72-18$389$58,650,58918Fox Searchlight
5Yves Saint Laurent$13,316118%108$1,332$67,8772Weinstein Company
6Moms' Night Out$12,98816%96-21$135$10,340,0569Sony / TriStar
7God's Not Dead$9,702-23%60-30$162$60,657,87716Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$2,419-8%12-19$202$188,6755RADiUS-TWC
9The Railway Man$2,224-23%14-24$159$4,420,54313Weinstein Company
10The Hornet's Nest$2,1812378%1-1$2,181$309,5139Freestyle Releasing
11Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$2,09271%232$91$8,441,8989Clarius Entertainment
12The Signal (2014)$1,68212%35-145$48$583,1474Focus
13Fed Up$1,330-79%18-14$74$1,482,6379RADiUS-TWC
14Godzilla: The Japanese Original$453126%1--$453$144,21012Rialto Pictures