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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Apr. 5 - Sun, Apr. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$26,000,000--3,025--$8,595$26,000,0001Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$21,100,000-48%3,73415$5,651$86,663,0602Paramount
3The Croods$21,100,000-21%3,879-186$5,440$125,800,2023Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Jurassic Park 3D$18,247,000--2,771--$6,585$18,247,0001Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$10,042,000-29%3,059-47$3,283$71,115,5013FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$10,000,000-54%2,0470$4,885$38,383,3412Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$8,171,000-30%2,905-419$2,813$212,767,7185Disney
8The Host (2013)$5,239,000-51%3,2020$1,636$19,664,7132Open Road
9The Call$3,500,000-29%2,002-437$1,748$45,481,0934Sony / TriStar
10Admission$2,054,466-36%1,407-754$1,460$15,374,0143Focus
11Spring Breakers$1,200,000-57%1,072-307$1,119$12,644,7424A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$818,000-26%721-361$1,135$131,253,6309Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$607,000-33%524-228$1,158$129,728,64721Weinstein Company
3Life of Pi$360,000-16%269-71$1,338$123,925,62120Fox
4Quartet$358,000-6%252-50$1,421$17,191,76013Weinstein Company
5Snitch (2013)$263,000-41%304-442$865$41,821,1227Lionsgate / Summit
6Warm Bodies$260,000111%287125$906$65,574,30410Lionsgate / Summit
7Escape From Planet Earth$236,0000%432-545$546$54,414,6698Weinstein Company
8The Gatekeepers$171,492-15%13126$1,309$2,115,32510Sony Pictures Classics
9A Good Day to Die Hard$162,0002%22516$720$66,792,4828Fox
10Django Unchained$134,000-22%183-50$732$162,545,30515Weinstein Company
11Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$131,000-29%180-22$728$55,432,15611Paramount
12Emperor$126,000-15%120-18$1,050$3,103,3645Roadside Attractions
13Dead Man Down$50,00075%14671$342$10,828,1295FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$695,041149%3026$23,168$1,081,0712Focus
2The Sapphires$322,000350%6048$5,367$473,9523Weinstein Company
3No (2013)$219,797-3%8919$2,470$1,619,7778Sony Pictures Classics
4The Company You Keep$146,058--5--$29,212$146,0581Sony Pictures Classics
5Ginger & Rosa$140,000-18%9921$1,414$589,8044A24
6Trance$136,103--4--$34,026$136,1031Fox Searchlight
7From Up on Poppy Hill$133,66913%4015$3,342$475,4604GKIDS
8Renoir$103,00058%2014$5,150$200,4082IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
9Starbuck$62,06625%3114$2,002$3,609,8483eOne Films US
10Stoker$62,000-65%89-105$697$1,626,1626Fox Searchlight
11The Impossible$41,600-9%80-6$520$18,889,55516Lionsgate / Summit
12Rise of The Guardians$39,000-40%89-45$438$103,396,31520Paramount / DreamWorks
13Blancanieves$35,85442%1410$2,561$73,6032Cohen Media Group
14Upstream Color$31,500--1--$31,500$31,5001ERBP
15Reality$18,00054%128$1,500$55,2384Oscilloscope
16Upside Down$7,418-6%10-9$742$102,9584Millennium Entertainment
17Bless Me, Ultima$6,799-40%5-6$1,360$1,559,3687Arenas Entertainment
18Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$6,060--1--$6,060$84,3585Tribeca Film
19Wrong$2,673-87%8-11$334$33,0752Drafthouse Films