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, Aug. 9 - Sun, Aug. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elysium$30,500,000--3,284--$9,287$30,500,0001Sony / TriStar
2We're the Millers$26,555,000--3,260--$8,146$38,043,7831Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$22,525,000--3,702--$6,085$22,525,0001Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,600,000--3,031--$4,817$23,457,0591Fox
52 Guns$11,128,000-59%3,0283$3,675$48,516,9052Universal
6The Smurfs 2$9,500,000-46%3,8671$2,457$46,643,5032Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$8,000,000-62%2,867-1057$2,790$111,986,1703Fox
8The Conjuring$6,700,000-49%2,650-465$2,528$120,744,9064Warner Bros. / New Line
9Despicable Me 2$5,748,000-43%2,395-812$2,400$338,314,1956Universal
10Grown Ups 2$3,700,000-53%2,102-973$1,760$123,840,9315Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$2,250,000-64%1,771-1214$1,270$75,019,9544Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Red 2$2,030,000-63%1,574-1181$1,290$49,441,2224Lionsgate / Summit
13The Heat$2,000,000-57%1,351-723$1,480$153,615,9457Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$2,523,35536%11969$21,205$6,219,1943Sony Pictures Classics
2Chennai Express$2,225,000--196--$11,352$2,421,0161UTV Motion Pictures
3Pacific Rim$1,540,000-66%980-823$1,571$96,769,5315Warner Bros.
4The Way, Way Back$1,500,000-45%780-221$1,923$16,320,1886Fox Searchlight
5Fruitvale Station$1,443,000-45%828-258$1,743$13,490,6605Weinstein Company
6World War Z$670,000-63%505-407$1,327$197,473,6328Paramount
7Monsters University$651,000-54%405-474$1,607$260,138,5168Disney
8R.I.P.D.$459,000-81%478-1225$960$31,970,1954Universal
9The Lone Ranger$297,000-55%261-292$1,138$87,351,3126Disney
10Star Trek Into Darkness$290,000-39%256-44$1,133$226,803,22613Paramount
1120 Feet from Stardom$194,000-35%112-23$1,732$3,851,2849RADiUS-TWC
12Lovelace$184,000--118--$1,559$184,0001RADiUS-TWC
13Now You See Me$175,000-43%143-63$1,224$115,781,54011Lionsgate / Summit
14Fast & Furious 6$147,000-36%191-39$770$238,286,65512Universal
15The Croods$96,000-32%142-20$676$186,855,91621Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$266,11935%1915$14,006$534,2222A24
2The Attack$87,849-6%43-1$2,043$1,363,8408Cohen Media Group
3In a World...$70,980--3--$23,660$70,9801Roadside Attractions
4Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$63,000-75%77-137$818$32,163,9676Lionsgate / Summit
5Unfinished Song$56,500-34%53-15$1,066$1,512,5238Weinstein Company
6Before Midnight$50,112-69%56-170$895$7,944,43912Sony Pictures Classics
7I'm So Excited$47,386-62%52-47$911$1,212,6907Sony Pictures Classics
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$41,500-23%52-6$798$4,170,35310Roadside Attractions
9Mud$35,200-42%43-19$819$21,541,22316Roadside Attractions
10Snake and Mongoose$21,000--1--$21,000$21,0001Rocky Mountain Pictures
11The Artist and the Model$19,224--5--$3,845$45,9382Cohen Media Group
12The Bling Ring$17,408-24%401$435$5,806,8869A24
13Only God Forgives$16,400-66%17-28$965$743,7284RADiUS-TWC
14Pain and Gain$11,00026%19-1$579$49,802,47916Paramount
15The Canyons$9,600-28%43$2,400$29,6862IFC Films