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 Tue, Aug. 12 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$7,570,11713%3,845--$1,969$79,815,3601Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$6,609,53424%4,0888$1,617$188,469,2002Disney
3Into the Storm$2,059,38521%3,434--$600$21,106,9891Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,717,44735%2,023--$849$13,966,3221Disney / DreamWorks
5Lucy$1,512,05023%3,147-55$480$100,250,9903Universal
6Step Up All In$907,65134%2,072--$438$8,057,3691Lionsgate / Summit
7Hercules (2014)$830,76525%2,896-699$287$65,000,9433Paramount
8Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$732,00333%2,306-977$317$199,051,0455Fox
9Get On Up$628,39016%2,4691$255$24,280,1152Universal
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$583,20748%2,280-961$256$53,959,0504Disney
11The Purge: Anarchy$335,6252%1,602-1054$210$69,197,9654Universal
12And So It Goes$226,96745%1,111-705$204$13,627,2383Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$308,52118%506196$610$11,107,6895IFC Films
2A Most Wanted Man$287,54820%80175$359$10,938,2863Roadside Attractions
3Sex Tape$192,55018%944-1556$204$37,263,3424Sony / Columbia
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$179,04042%526-335$340$170,426,1629Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$118,069432%251-441$470$2,553,0021Screenvision
6Maleficent$110,54322%370-311$299$236,255,10911Disney
7Transformers: Age of Extinction$80,81215%580-1152$139$243,030,9787Paramount
822 Jump Street$78,83129%313-515$252$189,617,9349Sony / Columbia
9Tammy$61,486-4%550-865$112$82,863,0266Warner Bros. / New Line
10Edge of Tomorrow$55,68513%265-137$210$99,385,70110Warner Bros.
11Chef$51,12024%242-108$211$29,036,54214Open Road
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$47,30916%22737$208$232,165,89412Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$43,58512%223-59$195$123,929,07010Fox
14Earth to Echo$40,75645%217-319$188$37,527,4846Relativity Media
15Begin Again$34,92429%245-482$143$14,340,4577Weinstein Company
16Rio 2$24,09540%166-46$145$131,302,81918Fox
17Jersey Boys$23,32854%150-136$156$46,529,6098Warner Bros.
18Godzilla (2014)$19,1934%178-99$108$200,472,95613Warner Bros.
19Blended$17,12524%144-43$119$46,115,29112Warner Bros.
20Wish I Was Here$14,3112%202-551$71$3,488,0384Focus
21America (2014)$13,69928%121-357$113$14,345,2187Lionsgate
22The Fluffy Movie$13,58626%156-276$87$2,729,4023Open Road
23Neighbors (2014)$13,265-4%139-38$95$149,966,79514Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$47,5446%410$1,160$5,873,23619Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Calvary$35,89917%4440$816$426,1482Fox Searchlight
3Kick$21,795139%74-88$295$2,424,4973UTV Motion Pictures
4What If$19,89015%20--$995$171,1341CBS Films
5Snowpiercer$14,22018%71-29$200$4,307,2847RADiUS-TWC
6The Grand Seduction$8,43666%33-17$256$3,287,48411eOne Films US
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,38299%36-23$205$111,440,81823Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8I Origins$6,57218%88-34$75$320,7154Fox Searchlight
9The LEGO Movie$1,76419%17-21$104$257,734,35927Warner Bros.
10Words and Pictures$1,58255%12-6$132$2,157,96612Roadside Attractions
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,285--10$1,285$150,19117Rialto Pictures
12Yves Saint Laurent$1,125-4%6-2$188$277,6147Weinstein Company
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$101-36%3-1$34$212,00910RADiUS-TWC
14As It Is in Heaven (2014)$76-23%21$38$10,5715Embark Visuals
15Fed Up$35-5%2-5$18$1,535,09114RADiUS-TWC