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. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge: Anarchy$13,006,545--2,806--$4,635$13,006,5451Universal
2Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$10,420,76779%3,9692$2,626$113,373,6112Fox
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$6,368,061--3,826--$1,664$6,368,0611Disney
4Sex Tape$5,670,011--3,062--$1,852$5,670,0111Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$2,793,23059%3,224-689$866$219,950,1184Paramount
6Tammy$2,294,91676%3,402-63$675$65,943,0123Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$1,420,74784%2,229-582$637$177,229,8586Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,087,69921%2,169-716$501$157,959,5946Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Earth to Echo$1,019,74625%2,450-780$416$29,739,0603Relativity Media
10Maleficent$966,91267%1,541-536$627$226,032,1478Disney
11Begin Again$743,454133%1,302363$571$7,469,1204Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$504,76248%1,030-75$490$10,248,4584Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$492,1207%1,491-1558$330$28,175,8703Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$313,5012%1,003-965$313$43,547,2215Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man Too$343,68172%628-603$547$63,208,0085Sony / Screen Gems
2Edge of Tomorrow$320,41451%602-501$532$95,835,0647Warner Bros.
3Chef$270,10275%552-149$489$25,081,78711Open Road
4The Fault in Our Stars$258,26210%557-445$464$121,041,3407Fox
5X-Men: Days of Future Past$197,65749%387-268$511$229,972,3199Fox
6Godzilla (2014)$147,471308%32623$452$198,652,26310Warner Bros.
7Snowpiercer$126,26842%211-145$598$3,127,6914RADiUS-TWC
8Rio 2$92,98926%256-29$363$130,028,97715Fox
9Blended$85,18758%285-50$299$45,022,2379Warner Bros.
10Neighbors (2014)$74,75047%230-37$325$148,914,80511Universal
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$67,979--218-57$312$201,915,07312Sony / Columbia
12Heaven is for Real$36,740--149-24$247$90,989,07214Sony / TriStar
13The LEGO Movie$14,858-41%202-148$74$257,457,39924Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wish I Was Here$150,266--68--$2,210$150,2661Focus
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$51,931-14%410$1,267$4,511,05916Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Seduction$31,65035%90-2$352$2,843,3588eOne Films US
4Belle$28,16231%92-15$306$10,365,84612Fox Searchlight
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$13,56041%46-17$295$58,904,20420Fox Searchlight
6The Other Woman (2014)$11,5306%60-36$192$83,796,74513Fox
7Words and Pictures$9,84851%33-7$298$2,026,9289Roadside Attractions
8I Origins$9,530--4--$2,383$9,5301Fox Searchlight
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,048-19%63-15$112$111,274,75620Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Yves Saint Laurent$6,74215%11-3$613$191,4884Weinstein Company
11Fed Up$2,63743%12-8$220$1,512,56311RADiUS-TWC
12God's Not Dead$1,734-35%11-14$158$60,733,18318Freestyle / Pure Flix
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,155904%104$116$204,0887RADiUS-TWC
14Godzilla: The Japanese Original$819-12%1--$819$146,41814Rialto Pictures
15Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$222-49%8-2$28$8,458,34111Clarius Entertainment
16The Hornet's Nest$97-6%1-1$97$310,82511Freestyle Releasing