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 Thu, Jul. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$3,312,183-15%3,9692$835$155,688,6292Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$2,105,785-18%2,806--$750$41,376,1451Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$2,003,304-5%3,826--$524$25,817,8221Disney
4Sex Tape$1,255,722-17%3,062--$410$20,901,5321Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$950,022-20%3,224-689$295$231,752,4754Paramount
6Tammy$808,274-10%3,402-63$238$74,747,0893Warner Bros. / New Line
7How to Train Your Dragon 2$619,495-13%2,169-716$286$163,428,8806Fox / DreamWorks Animation
822 Jump Street$539,534-19%2,229-582$242$183,154,0996Sony / Columbia
9Earth to Echo$514,757-8%2,450-780$210$34,144,4583Relativity Media
10Maleficent$496,601-3%1,541-536$322$230,339,1848Disney
11Begin Again$315,627-11%1,302363$242$10,735,9074Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$218,677-4%1,030-75$212$12,338,5674Lionsgate
13Jersey Boys$162,171-11%1,003-965$162$45,137,8315Warner Bros.
14Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$146,250-24%1,491-1558$98$30,016,0673Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$146,218-8%557-445$263$122,220,8557Fox
2Chef$143,098-8%552-149$259$26,499,30211Open Road
3Edge of Tomorrow$124,362-15%602-501$207$97,184,1067Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$85,840-11%387-268$222$230,877,8099Fox
5Think Like a Man Too$84,749-21%628-603$135$64,380,0115Sony / Screen Gems
6Godzilla (2014)$72,372-3%32623$222$199,317,20610Warner Bros.
7Snowpiercer$57,656-8%211-145$273$3,701,4214RADiUS-TWC
8Rio 2$56,8621%256-29$222$130,457,17015Fox
9Blended$47,6465%285-50$167$45,400,1559Warner Bros.
10Neighbors (2014)$36,8701%230-37$160$149,242,40511Universal
11The LEGO Movie$16,7897%202-148$83$257,546,49224Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$153,694-7%3429$4,520$2,400,8082IFC Films
2Wish I Was Here$62,7804%68--$923$725,2401Focus
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$56,966-20%410$1,389$4,842,79916Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Belle$19,9914%92-15$217$10,521,81912Fox Searchlight
5The Grand Seduction$18,593-20%90-2$207$3,020,6318eOne Films US
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$7,393-15%46-17$161$58,973,47620Fox Searchlight
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,052-1%63-15$112$111,317,40620Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Other Woman (2014)$5,706-1%60-36$95$83,845,26313Fox
9Yves Saint Laurent$4,73318%11-3$430$226,2814Weinstein Company
10Fed Up$3,28690%12-8$274$1,523,93311RADiUS-TWC
11I Origins$2,756-31%4--$689$41,7641Fox Searchlight
12God's Not Dead$1,50333%11-14$137$60,742,48518Freestyle / Pure Flix
13A Long Way Off$853--1--$853$28,3447Moving Visions Entertainment
14Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$576106%104$58$208,0797RADiUS-TWC
15Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$528121%8-2$66$8,460,17011Clarius Entertainment