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, May. 9 - Sun, May. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$51,070,000--3,279--$15,575$51,070,0001Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$37,200,000-59%4,3240$8,603$147,900,7222Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$9,250,000-36%3,30668$2,798$61,730,0433Fox
4Heaven is for Real$7,000,000-19%3,048118$2,297$75,220,0394Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$5,619,000-28%2,701-478$2,080$244,996,7456Disney
6Rio 2$5,125,000-34%2,973-341$1,724$113,165,2445Fox
7Moms' Night Out$4,200,000--1,044--$4,023$4,200,0001Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,705,376--2,607--$1,421$3,705,3761Clarius Entertainment
9Divergent$1,700,000-22%1,233-406$1,379$145,023,9198Lionsgate / Summit
10Brick Mansions$1,480,000-60%1,954-693$757$18,327,8183Relativity Media
11God's Not Dead$1,264,831-28%1,000-330$1,265$57,527,6478Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Bears$1,002,000-41%1,243-547$806$16,013,0444Disneynature
13The Quiet Ones$770,000-61%1,133-894$680$8,046,3893Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,465,000-18%770-114$1,903$53,746,12810Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$800,000-42%820-534$976$27,714,7915Lionsgate / Summit
3Fading Gigolo$768,00359%340230$2,259$2,062,4464Millennium Entertainment
4The Railway Man$453,000-10%18117$2,503$2,275,7965Weinstein Company
5Noah$425,000-53%477-452$891$99,800,5427Paramount
6A Haunted House 2$340,550-68%526-802$647$16,840,3364Open Road
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$325,000-19%357-53$910$108,945,69110Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Non-Stop (2014)$321,000110%23214$1,384$91,096,93511Universal
9Transcendence$320,000-73%515-1260$621$22,176,0734Warner Bros.
10The Lunchbox$249,067-5%1534$1,628$3,433,43211Sony Pictures Classics
11Oculus$246,000-68%410-474$600$27,231,9575Relativity Media
12Frozen (2013)$55,000-53%142-37$387$400,440,48625Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$473,000344%4541$10,511$620,1012Fox Searchlight
2Locke$239,44079%7348$3,280$539,6893A24
3Chef$204,201--6--$34,034$204,2011Open Road
4Only Lovers Left Alive$196,7342%9225$2,138$1,081,3655Sony Pictures Classics
5Under the Skin (2014)$146,475-14%93-32$1,575$2,085,8986A24
6Fed Up$130,000--18--$7,222$130,0001RADiUS-TWC
7Ida (2014)$104,00088%74$14,857$193,9242Music Box Films
8Finding Vivian Maier$101,000-33%82-8$1,232$1,102,2897IFC Films
9Palo Alto$80,640--4--$20,160$80,6401Tribeca Film
10Le Week-End$55,000-43%57-33$965$2,094,8789Music Box Films
11Blue Ruin$47,760-35%611$783$204,5183RADiUS-TWC
12God's Pocket$23,000--3--$7,667$23,0001IFC Films
133 Days to Kill$21,000-23%42-22$500$30,686,66212Relativity Media
14Sabotage (2014)$13,673-43%51-9$268$10,497,8367Open Road
15Rob the Mob$3,959-51%6-2$660$199,5568Millennium Entertainment
16Enemy$3,300-31%124$275$1,007,8419A24
17The Unknown Known$501-76%6-9$84$265,3246RADiUS-TWC
18In Bloom$368--2--$184$50,70518Big World Pictures
1920 Feet from Stardom$250-86%1-1$250$4,945,13948RADiUS-TWC