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 Sun, Aug. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$25,485,690-18%4,080--$6,246$94,320,8831Disney
2Lucy$5,444,660-25%3,20229$1,700$79,539,9752Universal
3Get On Up$3,552,790-31%2,468--$1,440$13,585,9151Universal
4Hercules (2014)$3,463,970-21%3,5950$964$52,658,4152Paramount
5Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$2,710,879-23%3,283-385$826$189,319,9874Fox
6Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,726,003-32%3,241-598$533$47,216,2093Disney
7The Purge: Anarchy$1,725,615-24%2,656-200$650$63,264,2203Universal
8Sex Tape$1,021,767-28%2,500-562$409$33,880,6653Sony / Columbia
9And So It Goes$952,895-31%1,81654$525$10,390,7182Clarius Entertainment
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$696,645-25%1,732-744$402$241,206,9876Paramount
11Tammy$428,881-35%1,415-1147$303$81,530,7075Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$956,123-34%726365$1,317$6,976,8112Roadside Attractions
2Maleficent$390,211-25%681-396$573$234,740,47310Disney
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$382,251-24%861-497$444$168,570,6868Fox / DreamWorks Animation
422 Jump Street$350,410-28%828-785$423$188,441,6148Sony / Columbia
5Chef$202,325-33%350-55$578$28,309,99913Open Road
6Edge of Tomorrow$198,506-21%40249$494$98,621,3469Warner Bros.
7Begin Again$194,846-34%727-517$268$13,755,5736Weinstein Company
8Wish I Was Here$186,632-27%753128$248$3,054,0753Focus
9The Fluffy Movie$173,211-15%4320$401$2,370,1582Open Road
10Kick$143,752-18%162-15$887$2,100,0412UTV Motion Pictures
11Earth to Echo$141,637-25%536-736$264$36,978,2055Relativity Media
12America (2014)$103,369-31%478-282$216$14,074,7746Lionsgate
13The Fault in Our Stars$96,315-22%282-105$342$123,403,6409Fox
14Jersey Boys$88,973-29%286-176$311$46,222,8547Warner Bros.
15Neighbors (2014)$78,70541%177-31$445$149,771,25513Universal
16Godzilla (2014)$76,813-18%277-25$277$200,163,95312Warner Bros.
17X-Men: Days of Future Past$54,802-29%190-99$288$231,696,33711Fox
18Rio 2$49,960-28%212-18$236$131,020,63317Fox
19Blended$46,472-22%187-36$249$45,889,19111Warner Bros.
20The Amazing Spider-Man 2$36,746-24%161-26$228$202,644,00114Sony / Columbia
21Snowpiercer$34,120-24%100-49$341$4,139,1996RADiUS-TWC
22Think Like a Man Too$30,819-29%115-202$268$65,028,6877Sony / Screen Gems
23I Origins$22,335-17%12246$183$233,3343Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$51,266-19%410$1,250$5,436,36618Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$37,37022%97-224$385$30,523,5685Sony / Screen Gems
3Calvary$24,351-19%4--$6,088$74,1491Fox Searchlight
4Heaven is for Real$15,836-26%96-33$165$91,386,09716Sony / TriStar
5The Grand Seduction$15,034-23%50-24$301$3,204,78410eOne Films US
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$6,141-41%591$104$111,392,58022Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Yves Saint Laurent$4,13818%80$517$262,4076Weinstein Company
8Words and Pictures$3,456-33%18-10$192$2,140,90611Roadside Attractions
9The LEGO Movie$2,210-14%38-164$58$257,716,50726Warner Bros.
10God's Not Dead$1,114-33%7-2$159$60,753,73520Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Fed Up$886-33%7-6$127$1,533,02513RADiUS-TWC
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$590--1--$590$147,41816Rialto Pictures
13A Long Way Off$151-14%10$151$29,7779Moving Visions Entertainment
14Accident (2014 re-issue)$137-31%1--$137$17,16111Rialto Pictures
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$115-72%40$29$210,5299RADiUS-TWC
16As It Is in Heaven (2014)$104-17%1--$104$9,7854Embark Visuals