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, Jul. 18 - Sun, Jul. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$36,000,000-50%3,9692$9,070$138,952,8442Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$28,369,000--2,806--$10,110$28,369,0001Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$18,000,000--3,826--$4,705$18,000,0001Disney
4Sex Tape$15,000,000--3,062--$4,899$15,000,0001Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$10,000,000-39%3,224-689$3,102$227,156,8884Paramount
6Tammy$7,605,000-39%3,402-63$2,235$71,253,0963Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$4,700,000-28%2,229-582$2,109$180,509,1116Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,800,000-37%2,169-716$1,752$160,671,8956Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Maleficent$3,302,000-21%1,541-536$2,143$228,367,2358Disney
10Earth to Echo$3,260,000-41%2,450-780$1,331$31,979,3143Relativity Media
11Begin Again$2,762,000-2%1,302363$2,121$9,487,6664Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$1,725,000-28%1,030-75$1,675$11,468,6964Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,575,000-67%1,491-1558$1,056$29,258,7503Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$1,230,000-51%1,003-965$1,226$44,463,7205Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,129,332-10%552-149$2,046$25,941,01711Open Road
2Edge of Tomorrow$1,110,000-39%602-501$1,844$96,624,6507Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man Too$1,100,000-54%628-603$1,752$63,964,3275Sony / Screen Gems
4Persecuted$959,266--736--$1,303$959,2661Millennium Entertainment
5The Fault in Our Stars$800,000-47%557-445$1,436$121,583,0787Fox
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$700,000-32%387-268$1,809$230,474,6629Fox
7Snowpiercer$456,484-28%211-145$2,163$3,457,9074RADiUS-TWC
8Rio 2$280,000-29%256-29$1,094$130,215,98815Fox
9Neighbors (2014)$221,000-38%230-37$961$149,061,05511Universal
10Third Person$126,256-47%154-73$820$800,3905Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$1,197,820209%3429$35,230$1,812,9872IFC Films
2Wish I Was Here$495,000--68--$7,279$495,0001Focus
3Obvious Child$139,888-36%96-38$1,457$2,602,7777A24
4Ida (2014)$118,000-20%75-13$1,573$3,334,06412Music Box Films
5Belle$114,000-17%92-15$1,239$10,451,68412Fox Searchlight
6Words and Pictures$45,700-4%33-7$1,385$2,062,7809Roadside Attractions
7Land Ho!$36,0755%73$5,154$85,8902Sony Pictures Classics
8I Origins$28,719--4--$7,180$28,7191Fox Searchlight
9There’s No Place Like Utopia$27,830--1--$27,830$27,8301Rocky Mountain Pictures
10Mood Indigo$25,121--2--$12,561$25,1211Drafthouse Films
11Yves Saint Laurent$24,361-28%11-3$2,215$209,1074Weinstein Company
12A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$21,19653%93$2,355$106,5215Big World Pictures
13A Five Star Life$16,500--1--$16,500$16,5001Music Box Films
14Code Black$11,592-41%70$1,656$98,5675Long Shot Factory
15The Breakup Guru$8,000-44%3-3$2,667$201,6414China Lion Film
16Coherence$7,500--7--$1,071$67,5655Oscilloscope
17Alive Inside$7,150--1--$7,150$7,1501BOND/360
18Fed Up$4,715-20%12-8$393$1,514,64211RADiUS-TWC
19Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$3,32375%104$332$206,2567RADiUS-TWC