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, Aug. 13 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Let's Be Cops$5,205,858--2,936--$1,773$5,205,8580Fox
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$5,109,668-33%3,845--$1,329$84,925,0281Paramount
3Guardians of the Galaxy$4,849,881-27%4,0888$1,186$193,319,0812Disney
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,379,132-20%2,023--$682$15,345,4541Disney / DreamWorks
5Into the Storm$1,351,267-34%3,434--$393$22,458,2561Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lucy$1,097,310-27%3,052-150$360$101,348,3003Universal
7Step Up All In$606,654-33%2,072--$293$8,664,0231Lionsgate / Summit
8Hercules (2014)$573,210-31%2,896-699$198$65,574,1533Paramount
9Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$493,593-33%1,851-1432$267$199,544,6385Fox
10Get On Up$443,980-29%2,280-188$195$24,724,0952Universal
11Planes: Fire and Rescue$429,430-26%1,852-1389$232$54,388,4804Disney
12And So It Goes$200,849-12%1,111-705$181$13,828,0873Clarius Entertainment
13The Purge: Anarchy$175,325-48%1,205-1451$145$69,373,2904Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$299,692-3%506196$592$11,407,3815IFC Films
2A Most Wanted Man$255,457-11%80175$319$11,193,7433Roadside Attractions
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$132,942-26%526-335$253$170,559,1049Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Sex Tape$93,129-52%733-1767$127$37,356,4714Sony / Columbia
5Maleficent$85,998-22%325-356$265$236,341,10711Disney
6Transformers: Age of Extinction$58,405-28%580-1152$101$243,089,3837Paramount
722 Jump Street$50,152-36%278-550$180$189,678,0869Sony / Columbia
8Chef$49,075-4%242-108$203$29,085,61714Open Road
9Edge of Tomorrow$48,402-13%265-137$183$99,434,10310Warner Bros.
10X-Men: Days of Future Past$38,110-19%22737$168$232,204,00412Fox
11The Fault in Our Stars$35,148-19%223-59$158$123,964,21810Fox
12Tammy$34,440-44%550-865$63$82,897,4666Warner Bros. / New Line
13Begin Again$32,504-7%245-482$133$14,372,9617Weinstein Company
14Earth to Echo$29,351-28%217-319$135$37,556,8356Relativity Media
15Rio 2$27,65915%166-46$167$131,330,47818Fox
16Godzilla (2014)$17,165-11%178-99$96$200,490,12113Warner Bros.
17Jersey Boys$16,129-31%150-136$108$46,545,7388Warner Bros.
18Blended$14,042-18%144-43$98$46,129,33312Warner Bros.
19Neighbors (2014)$12,570-5%139-38$90$149,979,36514Universal
20Wish I Was Here$10,332-28%202-551$51$3,498,3704Focus
21The Fluffy Movie$8,423-38%156-276$54$2,737,8253Open Road
22America (2014)$5,581-59%121-357$46$14,350,7997Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$53,29112%410$1,300$5,926,52719Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Calvary$34,944-3%4440$794$461,0922Fox Searchlight
3What If$19,289-3%20--$964$190,4231CBS Films
4Snowpiercer$13,744-3%71-29$194$4,321,0287RADiUS-TWC
5Kick$9,150-58%74-88$124$2,433,6473UTV Motion Pictures
6The Grand Seduction$8,166-3%33-17$247$3,295,65011eOne Films US
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,3780%36-23$205$111,448,19623Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8I Origins$5,662-14%88-34$64$326,3774Fox Searchlight
9The LEGO Movie$2,70954%17-21$159$257,737,06827Warner Bros.
10Yves Saint Laurent$1,41726%6-2$236$279,0317Weinstein Company
11Words and Pictures$526-67%12-6$44$2,158,49212Roadside Attractions
12Fed Up$238580%2-5$119$1,535,32914RADiUS-TWC
13As It Is in Heaven (2014)$173128%21$87$10,7445Embark Visuals
14Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$25-75%3-1$8$212,03410RADiUS-TWC