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, Feb. 28 - Sun, Mar. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$30,019,000--3,090--$9,715$30,019,0001Universal
2Son of God$26,500,000--3,260--$8,129$26,500,0001Fox
3The LEGO Movie$21,015,000-33%3,770-120$5,574$209,325,0844Warner Bros.
4The Monuments Men$5,000,000-37%3,002-62$1,666$65,692,9734Sony / Columbia
53 Days to Kill$4,900,000-60%2,8720$1,706$20,700,8832Relativity Media
6RoboCop (2014)$4,500,000-54%2,885-487$1,560$51,211,4443Sony / Columbia
7Pompeii$4,300,000-58%2,6580$1,618$17,735,6842Sony / TriStar
8Frozen (2013)$3,611,000-18%1,746-145$2,068$388,736,14315Disney
9About Last Night$3,400,000-55%1,804-449$1,885$43,751,3483Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$3,065,000-34%1,869-317$1,640$127,188,4007Universal
11Endless Love (2014)$1,658,000-58%1,874-1022$885$22,320,8303Universal
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$1,335,000--1,317--$1,014$126,503,00011Paramount
13Philomena$1,224,0002%1,09793$1,116$34,628,66815Weinstein Company
14Lone Survivor$1,042,000-47%1,017-499$1,025$123,356,96610Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$1,930,00011%94542$2,042$146,718,43012Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$1,604,000411%496475$3,234$2,182,5932Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$1,230,000-6%505-122$2,436$114,579,05210Paramount
412 Years a Slave$900,00072%41162$2,190$50,260,36520Fox Searchlight
5Gravity$875,0003%340-8$2,574$270,464,53122Warner Bros.
6The Nut Job$642,000-40%752-483$854$60,772,6447Open Road
7That Awkward Moment$575,000-58%608-600$946$25,097,8735Focus
8Repentance$530,000--152--$3,487$530,0001Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Stalingrad (2014)$500,000--308--$1,623$500,0001Sony / Columbia
10Her (2013)$431,0005%2500$1,724$24,604,29511Warner Bros.
11Dallas Buyers Club$427,00044%21641$1,977$25,317,93318Focus
12Nebraska$405,000-6%28979$1,401$17,133,20816Paramount Vantage
13Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$280,000-66%367-440$763$49,870,7767Paramount
14August: Osage County$246,000-38%346-179$711$37,073,05110Weinstein Company
15Winter's Tale$245,000-89%705-2260$348$12,315,1503Warner Bros.
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$204,000-30%215-51$949$256,952,11212Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$195,000-39%198-42$985$423,914,42415Lionsgate
18Gloria (2014)$166,400-29%103-7$1,616$1,610,4576Roadside Attractions
19I, Frankenstein$120,000-22%169-48$710$18,838,2026Lionsgate
20In Secret$46,200-83%109-157$424$423,7542Roadside Attractions
21Labor Day (2013)$46,000-80%107-311$430$13,248,7465Paramount
22Vampire Academy$39,000-85%111-425$351$7,724,4454Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tim's Vermeer$145,96669%5331$2,754$507,9965Sony Pictures Classics
2The Great Beauty$97,93819%48-2$2,040$2,228,04716Janus Films
3The Legend Of Hercules$70,000-31%89-21$787$18,754,8278Lionsgate / Summit
4The Lunchbox$51,325--3--$17,108$51,3251Sony Pictures Classics
5The Past$50,757-38%66-9$769$1,225,00111Sony Pictures Classics
6Beijing Love Story$42,000-55%11-1$3,818$387,6233China Lion Film
7The Bag Man$28,449--2--$14,225$28,4491Cinedigm
8Ernest & Celestine$15,611--1--$15,611$15,6111GKIDS
9Fatal Assistance$3,000--1--$3,000$3,0001Velvet Films
10In Bloom$1,056-46%21$528$32,4148Big World Pictures