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.

Weekend domestic gross

WeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
50 (Dec 12 - Dec 14)$73,808,1388%$83,274,9908%Exodus: Gods and Kings
49 (Dec 05 - Dec 07)$68,103,918-55%$77,140,368-52%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
48 (Nov 28 - Nov 30)$151,851,533-18%$162,187,493-16%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
47 (Nov 21 - Nov 23)$184,467,35547%$193,539,06338%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
46 (Nov 14 - Nov 16)$125,728,488-12%$140,405,563-11%Dumb and Dumber To
45 (Nov 07 - Nov 09)$142,643,89591%$156,969,71566%Big Hero 6
44 (Oct 31 - Nov 02)$74,844,096-23%$94,837,524-18%Ouija
43 (Oct 24 - Oct 26)$97,071,579-16%$115,800,273-12%Ouija
42 (Oct 17 - Oct 19)$115,233,422-13%$131,464,508-13%Fury (2014)
41 (Oct 10 - Oct 12)$131,948,473-3%$150,548,4601%Gone Girl
40 (Oct 03 - Oct 05)$136,249,16142%$148,956,33639%Gone Girl
39 (Sep 26 - Sep 28)$95,966,6317%$107,209,9235%The Equalizer
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 21)$90,003,66723%$102,539,62313%The Maze Runner
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 14)$73,297,49352%$91,079,82439%No Good Deed (2014)
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 07)$48,083,368-42%$65,655,749-40%Guardians of the Galaxy
35 (Aug 29 - Aug 31)$82,775,516-15%$109,332,503-5%Guardians of the Galaxy
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 24)$97,178,514-22%$114,841,162-20%Guardians of the Galaxy
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 17)$124,986,010-26%$142,778,857-23%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 10)$169,712,5051%$186,189,3020%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 03)$167,783,61527%$186,309,03620%Guardians of the Galaxy
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 27)$132,017,6591%$154,705,0344%Lucy
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 20)$130,550,571-2%$149,169,987-1%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 13)$133,801,34416%$150,142,27813%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 06)$115,345,546-33%$132,400,546-26%Transformers: Age of Extinction
26 (Jun 27 - Jun 29)$171,037,68226%$180,004,11323%Transformers: Age of Extinction
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 22)$135,785,499-23%$145,793,829-22%Think Like a Man Too
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 15)$177,277,72215%$186,942,08015%22 Jump Street
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 08)$153,810,858-2%$162,885,920-2%The Fault in Our Stars
22 (May 30 - Jun 01)$157,680,341-10%$166,449,158-11%Maleficent
21 (May 23 - May 25)$175,346,8225%$187,232,5075%X-Men: Days of Future Past
20 (May 16 - May 18)$167,395,91435%$178,372,83331%Godzilla (2014)
19 (May 09 - May 11)$123,849,070-12%$136,682,787-11%Neighbors (2014)
18 (May 02 - May 04)$141,515,37545%$153,996,10832%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
17 (Apr 25 - Apr 27)$97,473,803-16%$116,764,238-12%The Other Woman (2014)
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 20)$116,260,430-11%$133,362,817-5%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 13)$131,084,472-16%$140,004,458-16%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 06)$155,800,77425%$167,154,07919%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
13 (Mar 28 - Mar 30)$124,746,109-4%$140,571,703-1%Noah
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 23)$129,583,26131%$141,358,71724%Divergent
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 16)$98,624,322-23%$113,857,743-21%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 09)$127,539,95523%$143,771,58816%300: Rise of an Empire
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 02)$104,089,48010%$123,511,32011%Non-Stop (2014)
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 23)$94,308,705-39%$111,652,840-37%The LEGO Movie
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 16)$155,759,46817%$178,151,93917%The LEGO Movie
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 09)$132,710,403101%$152,816,95778%The LEGO Movie
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 02)$65,887,288-30%$86,072,092-27%Ride Along
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 26)$93,470,922-36%$118,117,092-33%Ride Along
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 19)$146,864,92431%$176,250,39825%Ride Along
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 12)$112,448,084-5%$140,546,7740%Lone Survivor
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 05)$118,936,215--$141,175,697--Frozen (2013)