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, Aug. 21 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$2,573,025-2%3,697-391$696$234,253,8573Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$2,322,198-4%3,980135$583$128,809,8062Paramount
3Let's Be Cops$1,651,523-6%3,094158$534$34,246,1681Fox
4The Giver$1,061,127-5%3,003--$353$17,370,5381Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 3$1,010,019-7%3,221--$314$20,918,1771Lionsgate
6The Hundred-Foot Journey$834,861-2%2,04320$409$27,188,2042Disney / DreamWorks
7Into the Storm$608,383-11%3,4340$177$34,501,3842Warner Bros. / New Line
8Lucy$516,295-17%2,520-532$205$110,235,2704Universal
9Step Up All In$210,951-19%2,0720$102$12,964,0482Lionsgate / Summit
10Hercules (2014)$194,466-8%1,475-1421$132$69,086,2964Paramount
11Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$192,419-15%1,262-589$152$202,860,9706Fox
12Get On Up$149,050-12%1,101-1179$135$27,764,9903Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$264,9159%771265$344$14,662,0486IFC Films
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$163,99512%960-892$171$56,346,6295Disney
3A Most Wanted Man$131,437-4%644-157$204$13,189,9894Roadside Attractions
4What If$106,853-13%787767$136$1,552,4542CBS Films
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$90,3134%377-149$240$171,606,96210Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Purge: Anarchy$48,875-29%575-630$85$70,405,7155Universal
7Calvary$47,402-2%13086$365$1,087,5133Fox Searchlight
8And So It Goes$45,812-3%362-749$127$14,514,6014Clarius Entertainment
9Sex Tape$34,025-24%317-416$107$37,941,8945Sony / Columbia
10Edge of Tomorrow$33,1632%261-4$127$99,830,58211Warner Bros.
1122 Jump Street$31,834-14%172-106$185$190,091,24410Sony / Columbia
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$28,153-6%223-4$126$232,603,58113Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$25,081-7%206-17$122$124,295,18911Fox
14Transformers: Age of Extinction$23,016-4%206-374$112$243,439,6038Paramount
15Chef$22,02020%122-120$180$29,375,80315Open Road
16Tammy$17,598-15%276-274$64$83,222,3407Warner Bros. / New Line
17Earth to Echo$12,880-23%154-63$84$37,728,0417Relativity Media
18Rio 2$10,30613%128-38$81$131,454,25819Fox
19Godzilla (2014)$9,587-1%118-60$81$200,626,32714Warner Bros.
20Jersey Boys$9,19515%115-35$80$46,658,4219Warner Bros.
21Blended$8,5488%111-33$77$46,244,44313Warner Bros.
22Neighbors (2014)$7,4700%106-33$70$150,086,80015Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$36,586-1%410$892$6,265,28120Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Yves Saint Laurent$13,35812%1812$742$445,8658Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$7,9029%42-29$188$4,403,5928RADiUS-TWC
4Begin Again$7,2450%62-183$117$14,486,1328Weinstein Company
5The Grand Seduction$5,295-33%25-8$212$3,350,65212eOne Films US
6The Fluffy Movie$5,1628%51-105$101$2,806,2264Open Road
7America (2014)$3,62118%62-59$58$14,390,0428Lionsgate
8Wish I Was Here$2,85110%54-148$53$3,549,3385Focus
9Kick$1,489-42%16-58$93$2,472,6954UTV Motion Pictures
10Words and Pictures$1,48215%153$99$2,171,25713Roadside Attractions
11The LEGO Movie$1,138-17%15-2$76$257,749,27028Warner Bros.
12I Origins$64580%13-75$50$336,4725Fox Searchlight
13Jake Squared$226-21%10--$23$2,5921Freestyle Releasing
14Fed Up$2070%53$41$1,538,61215RADiUS-TWC
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8-73%2-1$4$213,93211RADiUS-TWC