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, Jul. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$8,216,757-58%3,967--$2,071$80,828,1841Fox
2Transformers: Age of Extinction$2,016,518-57%3,913-320$515$210,850,2313Paramount
3Tammy$1,597,464-53%3,4650$461$58,596,2162Warner Bros. / New Line
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,013,279-45%2,885-412$351$153,290,0125Fox / DreamWorks Animation
522 Jump Street$996,618-45%2,811-513$355$172,759,3155Sony / Columbia
6Earth to Echo$921,149-40%3,2300$285$25,506,9652Relativity Media
7Maleficent$711,507-43%2,077-312$343$222,716,9017Disney
8Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$692,881-49%3,0490$227$25,744,9802Sony / Screen Gems
9America (2014)$376,626-48%1,1050$341$8,588,4173Lionsgate
10Jersey Boys$348,198-53%1,968-662$177$42,060,2384Warner Bros.
11The Fault in Our Stars$285,276-33%1,002-863$285$119,914,9756Fox
12Think Like a Man Too$275,257-56%1,231-498$224$62,082,5024Sony / Screen Gems
13Edge of Tomorrow$244,020-50%1,103-435$221$94,742,3616Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Begin Again$355,750-54%939764$379$5,527,3373Weinstein Company
2Chef$175,070-50%70115$250$24,250,21010Open Road
3X-Men: Days of Future Past$151,105-46%655-389$231$229,313,5418Fox
4Snowpiercer$87,610-51%356106$246$2,723,0823RADiUS-TWC
5Rio 2$65,617-38%285-26$230$129,692,52814Fox
6Blended$52,926-45%33530$158$44,766,2408Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$45,265-47%267-48$170$148,681,37510Universal
8Godzilla (2014)$35,382-50%303-49$117$198,390,5679Warner Bros.
9The LEGO Movie$24,387-2%350110$70$257,360,16823Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$23,505-40%188-39$125$42,639,1907Universal
11Belle$19,729-51%107-16$184$10,269,22411Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$63,130--5--$12,626$450,7481IFC Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$43,542-2%410$1,062$4,284,15715Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Seduction$20,806-40%921$226$2,727,6747eOne Films US
4The Grand Budapest Hotel$10,058-42%63-9$160$58,858,92419Fox Searchlight
5The Other Woman (2014)$9,438-44%96-46$98$83,751,70312Fox
6Words and Pictures$6,633-54%40-21$166$1,993,1818Roadside Attractions
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,992-49%78-33$77$111,239,39319Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Yves Saint Laurent$5,213-48%144$372$167,4843Weinstein Company
9Fed Up$2,67216%202$134$1,503,79910RADiUS-TWC
10God's Not Dead$1,643-53%25-35$66$60,723,89017Freestyle / Pure Flix
11The Railway Man$561-56%11-3$51$4,435,64414Weinstein Company
12The Signal (2014)$548-48%15-20$37$597,9685Focus
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$218-10%10-13$22$8,456,54310Clarius Entertainment
14The Hornet's Nest$18115%21$91$310,36110Freestyle Releasing
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$125-37%6-6$21$202,5306RADiUS-TWC