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. 22 - Sun, Aug. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$17,631,000-30%3,371-326$5,230$251,884,8574Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$16,800,000-41%3,864-116$4,348$145,609,8063Paramount
3If I Stay$16,355,000--2,907--$5,626$16,355,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$11,000,000-38%3,14046$3,503$45,246,1682Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$9,000,000--2,673--$3,367$9,000,0001Sony / TriStar
6The Giver$6,730,000-45%3,0030$2,241$24,100,5382Weinstein Company
7The Expendables 3$6,600,000-58%3,2210$2,049$27,518,1772Lionsgate
8Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$6,477,000--2,894--$2,238$6,477,0001Weinstein / Dimension
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$5,562,000-22%1,944-99$2,861$32,750,2043Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$3,800,000-52%2,375-1059$1,600$38,301,3843Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lucy$3,500,000-36%1,768-752$1,980$113,735,2705Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$1,864,360-6%734-37$2,540$16,526,4087IFC Films
2Magic in the Moonlight$1,331,613-25%787-177$1,692$6,820,9385Sony Pictures Classics
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,100,000-45%733-529$1,501$203,960,9707Fox
4Get On Up$947,000-51%579-522$1,636$28,711,9904Universal
5A Most Wanted Man$920,775-27%433-211$2,127$14,110,7645Roadside Attractions
6Hercules (2014)$830,000-61%622-853$1,334$69,916,2965Paramount
7Step Up All In$760,000-71%948-1124$802$13,724,0483Lionsgate / Summit
8What If$652,000-24%680-107$959$2,204,4543CBS Films
9Maleficent$573,00055%344100$1,666$237,584,22113Disney
10Calvary$540,00033%240110$2,250$1,627,5134Fox Searchlight
11Planes: Fire and Rescue$532,000-48%589-371$903$56,878,6296Disney
12How to Train Your Dragon 2$510,000-12%353-24$1,445$172,116,96211Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Transformers: Age of Extinction$385,00087%28377$1,360$243,824,6039Paramount
14The Purge: Anarchy$329,000-48%295-280$1,115$70,734,7156Universal
15Chef$151,624-10%105-17$1,444$29,527,42716Open Road
16X-Men: Days of Future Past$147,000-39%188-35$782$232,750,58114Fox
17The Fault in Our Stars$143,000-25%185-21$773$124,438,18912Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Love Is Strange$126,552--5--$25,310$126,5521Sony Pictures Classics
2The Trip to Italy$114,00059%107$11,400$221,2802IFC Films
3Land Ho!$85,67083%5120$1,680$362,0917Sony Pictures Classics
4The One I Love$55,126--8--$6,891$55,1261RADiUS-TWC
5Snowpiercer$26,978-37%28-14$964$4,430,5709RADiUS-TWC
6Obvious Child$25,50011%15-6$1,700$3,050,02412A24
7Alive Inside$21,734--16--$1,358$150,1976BOND/360
8The Fluffy Movie$15,610-62%30-21$520$2,821,8365Open Road
9Life After Beth$13,500-15%2018$675$34,4002A24
10A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$7,814545%41$1,954$161,98210Big World Pictures
11Fed Up$286-86%2-3$143$1,538,89816RADiUS-TWC