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. 23 - Sun, Aug. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$17,018,000-31%3,110177$5,472$52,274,8132Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$13,500,000-25%3,445120$3,919$91,740,1993Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$9,300,000--3,118--$2,983$14,051,4021Sony / Screen Gems
4The World's End$8,942,307--1,549--$5,773$8,942,3071Focus
5Planes$8,567,000-36%3,378-338$2,536$59,591,6953Disney
6Elysium$7,100,000-48%2,913-371$2,437$69,053,9383Sony / TriStar
7You're Next$7,050,000--2,437--$2,893$7,050,0001Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,200,000-41%2,730-350$1,905$48,346,4533Fox
9Blue Jasmine$4,300,11988%1,2831054$3,352$14,798,9215Sony Pictures Classics
10Kick-Ass 2$4,270,000-68%2,9455$1,450$22,423,1352Universal
112 Guns$3,387,000-42%1,841-630$1,840$65,381,1704Universal
12Jobs$3,001,000-55%2,3810$1,260$12,144,2872Open Road
13The Smurfs 2$2,800,000-41%1,852-497$1,512$62,616,1184Sony / Columbia
14Despicable Me 2$2,559,000-35%1,402-416$1,825$350,659,4208Universal
15The Wolverine$2,500,000-45%1,449-609$1,725$125,095,6765Fox
16The Conjuring$2,155,000-45%1,355-646$1,590$131,765,7086Warner Bros. / New Line
17Paranoia$1,350,000-62%2,4590$549$6,287,0422Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grown Ups 2$950,000-44%620-621$1,532$128,994,6317Sony / Columbia
2The Spectacular Now$650,00357%15499$4,221$1,935,1814A24
3Turbo$632,000-41%470-289$1,345$78,774,0036Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Heat$530,000-40%409-282$1,296$156,377,8789Fox
5The Way, Way Back$430,000-42%302-155$1,424$18,650,9438Fox Searchlight
6Pacific Rim$403,000-43%260-184$1,550$99,175,3597Warner Bros.
7Chennai Express$377,000-58%143-47$2,636$4,676,8503UTV Motion Pictures
8Monsters University$375,000-19%243-38$1,543$261,795,19110Disney
9Now You See Me$360,000136%246112$1,463$116,456,82713Lionsgate / Summit
10Red 2$350,000-49%389-326$900$51,608,8896Lionsgate / Summit
11World War Z$314,000-28%239-68$1,314$198,854,02110Paramount
12Fruitvale Station$283,000-46%392-85$722$15,192,0777Weinstein Company
13The Lone Ranger$196,000-12%141-43$1,390$87,997,9088Disney
14R.I.P.D.$190,000-13%179-24$1,061$32,714,7506Universal
15Star Trek Into Darkness$107,000-45%144-66$743$227,378,48815Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$303,13033%7538$4,042$751,9153Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$132,259--7--$18,894$132,2591Weinstein Company
3Austenland$125,978210%2319$5,477$185,4712Sony Pictures Classics
420 Feet from Stardom$86,607-28%70-25$1,237$4,245,89511RADiUS-TWC
5Ain't Them Bodies Saints$72,200173%2825$2,579$113,1212IFC Films
6Short Term 12$60,137--4--$15,034$60,1371Cinedigm
7Fast & Furious 6$48,500-49%98-43$495$238,546,37514Universal
8The Attack$30,215-33%17-13$1,777$1,505,19310Cohen Media Group
9Cutie and the Boxer$28,04633%129$2,337$60,4442RADiUS-TWC
10Therese (2013)$21,040--6--$3,507$21,0401MPI Pictures
11You Will Be My Son$19,35426%65$3,226$45,0382Cohen Media Group
12Una Noche$18,500--3--$6,167$18,5001IFC Films
13Savannah$17,100--14--$1,221$17,1001Ketchup Entertainment
14Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$14,250-39%27-9$528$4,253,78412Roadside Attractions
15The Patience Stone$6,259-10%42$1,565$19,8892Sony Pictures Classics
16Tiny Times 2$5,100-75%5-1$1,020$35,1132China Lion Film
17Lovelace$4,142-89%6-42$690$344,6113RADiUS-TWC
18The Artist and the Model$3,083-69%3-2$1,028$78,4934Cohen Media Group
19Only God Forgives$2,629-72%3-13$876$775,3106RADiUS-TWC
20Pain and Gain$2,000-95%22-64$91$49,874,73118Paramount
21Inch'Allah$1,856-45%21$928$458,1092eOne Films US
22Stuck in Love$1,854-33%3-2$618$79,3318Millennium Entertainment