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 Wed, Jul. 30 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$3,744,140-31%3,173--$1,180$58,052,4951Universal
2Hercules (2014)$2,614,620-31%3,595--$727$39,532,9031Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,846,187-26%3,668-301$503$179,020,5643Fox
4Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,369,156-17%3,83913$357$39,860,8762Disney
5The Purge: Anarchy$1,240,940-25%2,85650$435$56,284,2102Universal
6Sex Tape$809,156-22%3,0620$264$29,661,4512Sony / Columbia
7And So It Goes$598,983-22%1,762--$340$6,582,2611Clarius Entertainment
8Transformers: Age of Extinction$585,155-22%2,476-748$236$238,460,7895Paramount
9Tammy$424,152-18%2,562-840$166$79,599,8864Warner Bros. / New Line
10How to Train Your Dragon 2$401,598-18%1,358-811$296$166,992,1497Fox / DreamWorks Animation
1122 Jump Street$360,263-18%1,613-616$223$186,960,6207Sony / Columbia
12Maleficent$305,987-16%1,077-464$284$233,184,6229Disney
13Earth to Echo$238,829-11%1,272-1178$188$36,285,3744Relativity Media
14Begin Again$196,646-10%1,244-58$158$12,921,6015Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$254,574-7%361--$705$3,486,4371Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$222,745-3%10773$2,082$4,843,6893IFC Films
3Wish I Was Here$140,852-9%625557$225$2,320,0322Focus
4The Fluffy Movie$121,808-21%432--$282$1,731,5431Open Road
5America (2014)$114,936-10%760-270$151$13,614,2795Lionsgate
6Kick$108,699-46%177--$614$1,584,6791UTV Motion Pictures
7Chef$98,357-4%405-147$243$27,562,96412Open Road
8The Fault in Our Stars$93,260-10%387-170$241$122,999,2008Fox
9Edge of Tomorrow$72,184-13%353-249$204$97,935,8798Warner Bros.
10Jersey Boys$71,470-15%462-541$155$45,868,7686Warner Bros.
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$57,993-14%289-98$201$231,457,47710Fox
12The LEGO Movie$53,59030%2020$265$257,687,55225Warner Bros.
13Godzilla (2014)$51,636-11%302-24$171$199,870,30011Warner Bros.
14Rio 2$42,897-6%230-26$187$130,805,67216Fox
15Blended$33,522-5%223-62$150$45,707,33210Warner Bros.
16Snowpiercer$31,108-5%149-62$209$3,999,3865RADiUS-TWC
17Neighbors (2014)$26,060-7%208-22$125$149,571,05512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$66,41721%410$1,620$5,210,05417Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$16,063-3%74-16$217$3,145,2409eOne Films US
3I Origins$12,248-2%7672$161$155,1132Fox Searchlight
4Belle$9,92314%58-34$171$10,604,76813Fox Searchlight
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$6,6812%58-5$115$111,360,86021Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Words and Pictures$4,4716%28--$160$2,124,49210Roadside Attractions
7The Other Woman (2014)$4,047-10%39-21$104$83,877,91414Fox
8Yves Saint Laurent$2,426-20%8-3$303$249,6065Weinstein Company
9Come Back to Me$1,03019%10--$103$7,0471Freestyle Releasing
10God's Not Dead$89915%9-2$100$60,748,93019Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$45814%6-2$76$8,462,02712Clarius Entertainment
12Fed Up$225-33%131$17$1,529,61912RADiUS-TWC
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$20048%4-6$50$209,5728RADiUS-TWC
14The Hornet's Nest$20075%1--$200$312,38312Freestyle Releasing
15A Long Way Off$97-50%1--$97$29,2898Moving Visions Entertainment