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 Sun, Jul. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$11,625,260-21%4,2330$2,746$175,395,9542Paramount
2Tammy$6,471,581-26%3,465--$1,868$33,306,5891Warner Bros. / New Line
322 Jump Street$3,116,707-25%3,324-102$938$159,269,6254Sony / Columbia
4Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$3,082,932-25%3,049--$1,011$15,252,3231Sony / Screen Gems
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,738,713-21%3,297-453$831$140,215,4524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$2,554,368-19%3,230--$791$13,567,5571Relativity Media
7Maleficent$1,893,348-22%2,389-684$793$213,919,6646Disney
8Think Like a Man Too$1,427,138-33%1,729-496$825$57,172,8293Sony / Screen Gems
9Jersey Boys$1,424,175-26%2,630-275$542$36,690,9403Warner Bros.
10Edge of Tomorrow$1,087,327-30%1,538-997$707$90,887,4905Warner Bros.
11The Fault in Our Stars$858,643-15%1,865-980$460$115,918,6425Fox
12America (2014)$787,365-17%1,1051102$713$4,062,7212Lionsgate
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$571,490-27%1,044-970$547$227,113,1297Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$487,263-28%686-115$710$22,057,4309Open Road
2Begin Again$337,820-32%175170$1,930$1,794,8322Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$320,817-18%250242$1,283$1,509,4452RADiUS-TWC
4The Amazing Spider-Man 2$152,891-20%28915$529$200,938,01510Sony / Columbia
5Neighbors (2014)$127,620-35%315-195$405$148,039,0559Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$125,213-31%352-398$356$197,902,7228Warner Bros.
7Rio 2$122,155-22%311-11$393$128,872,81413Fox
8Blended$87,688-43%305-170$288$44,180,2187Warner Bros.
9A Million Ways to Die in the West$73,680-47%227-256$325$42,264,7056Universal
10Heaven is for Real$63,428-21%186-25$341$90,541,82512Sony / TriStar
11Belle$53,472-31%123-52$435$9,998,45710Fox Searchlight
12Divergent$46,571-28%184-26$253$150,832,20316Lionsgate / Summit
13The Other Woman (2014)$31,592-28%142-53$222$83,602,71511Fox
14The LEGO Movie$21,191-12%240-95$88$257,186,16522Warner Bros.
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$15,374-31%111-30$139$111,141,06418Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$47,138-33%91-28$518$2,474,3216eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$44,928-19%410$1,096$3,892,00414Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$30,196-28%72-18$419$58,722,69318Fox Searchlight
4Words and Pictures$28,879-29%61-44$473$1,893,1607Roadside Attractions
5Moms' Night Out$17,326-17%96-21$180$10,378,2259Sony / TriStar
6Yves Saint Laurent$15,485-16%108$1,549$101,7022Weinstein Company
7God's Not Dead$11,700-21%60-30$195$60,684,37916Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,270-18%232$142$8,449,1659Clarius Entertainment
9Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$2,999-4%12-19$250$194,7905RADiUS-TWC
10Fed Up$2,89411%18-14$161$1,488,1399RADiUS-TWC
11The Signal (2014)$2,148-26%35-145$61$588,2054Focus
12The Railway Man$1,678-46%14-24$120$4,425,30513Weinstein Company
13Godzilla: The Japanese Original$107-56%1--$107$144,56212Rialto Pictures
14The Hornet's Nest$17-19%1-1$17$309,5519Freestyle Releasing