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. 21 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$4,206,553-62%3,9692$1,060$143,413,7072Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$3,323,780-54%2,806--$1,185$33,140,4551Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,856,157-59%3,826--$485$19,365,5641Disney
4Sex Tape$1,548,844-58%3,062--$506$16,156,9961Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$1,172,266-60%3,224-689$364$228,174,8744Paramount
6Tammy$878,306-56%3,402-63$258$71,928,6103Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$647,318-51%2,229-582$290$181,159,7826Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$568,217-53%2,169-716$262$161,344,8216Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Earth to Echo$478,230-48%2,450-780$195$32,465,3683Relativity Media
10Maleficent$460,426-50%1,541-536$299$228,763,8748Disney
11Begin Again$295,841-60%1,302363$227$9,661,0914Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$222,282-54%1,030-75$216$11,643,3344Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$215,502-49%1,491-1558$145$29,436,9673Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$148,905-58%1,003-965$148$44,584,1155Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$143,419-39%557-445$257$121,742,9097Fox
2Edge of Tomorrow$134,585-56%602-501$224$96,752,4617Warner Bros.
3Chef$129,150-61%552-149$234$26,051,15211Open Road
4Think Like a Man Too$117,205-57%628-603$187$64,052,3885Sony / Screen Gems
5X-Men: Days of Future Past$95,203-53%387-268$246$230,580,5699Fox
6Godzilla (2014)$70,870-55%32623$217$199,090,84910Warner Bros.
7Snowpiercer$59,730-57%211-145$283$3,513,9784RADiUS-TWC
8Rio 2$44,432-49%256-29$174$130,283,37315Fox
9Blended$41,547-47%285-50$146$45,254,3689Warner Bros.
10Neighbors (2014)$36,805-49%230-37$160$149,129,83511Universal
11The LEGO Movie$12,787-1%202-148$63$257,497,61424Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$143,374--3429$4,217$1,928,7522IFC Films
2Wish I Was Here$55,463-60%68--$816$539,8641Focus
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$43,490-9%410$1,061$4,665,20016Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Grand Seduction$17,374-52%90-2$193$2,954,3298eOne Films US
5Belle$14,006-60%92-15$152$10,463,15412Fox Searchlight
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,661-57%46-17$145$58,949,68120Fox Searchlight
7The Other Woman (2014)$5,201-48%60-36$87$83,826,29013Fox
8Mr. Peabody & Sherman$4,849-29%63-15$77$111,295,85920Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9I Origins$3,293-57%4--$823$30,9451Fox Searchlight
10Yves Saint Laurent$3,057-65%11-3$278$213,3754Weinstein Company
11Fed Up$1,843-8%12-8$154$1,517,64111RADiUS-TWC
12God's Not Dead$833-65%11-14$76$60,738,71518Freestyle / Pure Flix
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$555-27%104$56$206,6747RADiUS-TWC
14Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$169-60%8-2$21$8,459,16311Clarius Entertainment
15The Hornet's Nest$6-96%1-1$6$311,05211Freestyle Releasing