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, Jun. 27 - Sun, Jun. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$100,000,000--4,233--$23,624$100,000,0001Paramount
222 Jump Street$15,400,000-44%3,426120$4,495$139,836,8923Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$13,100,000-47%3,750-518$3,493$121,814,5323Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Think Like a Man Too$10,400,000-64%2,2250$4,674$48,168,3602Sony / Screen Gems
5Maleficent$8,237,000-36%3,073-377$2,680$201,870,3905Disney
6Jersey Boys$7,610,000-43%2,9050$2,620$27,342,4862Warner Bros.
7Edge of Tomorrow$5,210,000-47%2,535-677$2,055$84,154,6324Warner Bros.
8The Fault in Our Stars$4,800,000-44%2,845-495$1,687$109,545,0184Fox
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$3,300,000-46%2,014-667$1,639$223,393,4726Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,654,000-3%801-160$2,065$19,410,0498Open Road
2Godzilla (2014)$1,000,000-47%750-615$1,333$197,085,1007Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$740,000-46%510-523$1,451$147,195,3858Universal
4Obvious Child$555,595127%196141$2,835$1,285,2254A24
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$512,000-68%483-934$1,060$41,670,9555Universal
6Rio 2$475,00015%32212$1,475$128,178,13412Fox
7Captain America: The Winter Soldier$383,00095%28197$1,363$257,204,97713Disney
8The Amazing Spider-Man 2$320,000-49%274-160$1,168$200,183,0819Sony / Columbia
9Million Dollar Arm$301,000-44%273-171$1,103$35,013,1667Disney
10Ida (2014)$248,000-8%127-6$1,953$2,471,8639Music Box Films
11Belle$241,000-24%175-69$1,377$9,641,1929Fox Searchlight
12The Other Woman (2014)$150,000-31%195-36$769$83,392,10710Fox
13Words and Pictures$135,400-37%105-70$1,290$1,730,7626Roadside Attractions
14The Rover$100,596-79%247-361$407$979,9033A24
15The Signal (2014)$67,000-55%180-24$372$553,2883Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snowpiercer$162,127--8--$20,266$162,1271RADiUS-TWC
2Begin Again$148,325--5--$29,665$148,3251Weinstein Company
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$120,000-10%90-22$1,333$58,550,34117Fox Searchlight
4Third Person$80,654108%1813$4,481$136,3842Sony Pictures Classics
5The Breakup Guru$67,000--12--$5,583$67,0001China Lion Film
6America (2014)$39,000--3--$13,000$39,0001Lionsgate
7Le Chef$34,800208%1918$1,832$54,5522Cohen Media Group
8Yves Saint Laurent$24,502--2--$12,251$36,1561Weinstein Company
9The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$24,301--12--$2,025$24,3011FilmBuff / Participant
10A Coffee in Berlin$24,00097%104$2,400$52,9493Music Box Films
11Fed Up$23,411-17%32-15$732$1,453,3868RADiUS-TWC
12Fading Gigolo$23,029-24%24-7$960$3,712,43611Millennium Entertainment
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$21,932-51%31-15$707$173,6394RADiUS-TWC
14Code Black$20,718228%21$10,359$31,5722Long Shot Factory
15Korengal$19,450--11--$1,768$55,2205Saboteur Media
16Coherence$13,500--4--$3,375$34,7292Oscilloscope
17Chinese Puzzle$11,30026%143$807$309,9647Cohen Media Group
18A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$10,950-15%20$5,475$32,9152Big World Pictures
19The Last Sentence$10,00011%64$1,667$24,1772Music Box Films
20Palo Alto$5,681--9--$631$750,1128Tribeca Film
21Siddharth$4,500--1--$4,500$4,5001Zeitgeist Films
22Frozen (2013)$4,000-54%14-9$286$400,715,51732Disney
23The Unknown Known$425-11%1-1$425$276,38113RADiUS-TWC