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.

Weekly domestic gross

WeekTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
21 (May 23 - May 29)$256,416,76318%$276,208,00019%X-Men: Days of Future Past
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 10)$176,616,643-32%$204,661,000-29%Transformers: Age of Extinction
26 (Jun 27 - Jul 03)$260,558,19728%$289,843,00032%Transformers: Age of Extinction
17 (Apr 25 - May 01)$125,165,476-20%$151,557,000-16%The Other Woman (2014)
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 25)$114,768,66225%$132,059,00014%The Maze Runner
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 27)$117,537,472-44%$142,091,000-41%The LEGO Movie
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 20)$208,274,58529%$241,277,00025%The LEGO Movie
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 13)$161,597,23089%$192,940,00069%The LEGO Movie
48 (Nov 28 - Dec 04)$180,547,923-35%$195,821,000-35%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
49 (Dec 05 - Dec 11)$87,660,059-51%$101,650,000-48%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
47 (Nov 21 - Nov 27)$279,179,00181%$300,672,00072%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
50 (Dec 12 - Dec 18)$129,510,48848%$145,413,00043%The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 12)$220,504,2242%$235,537,0002%The Fault in Our Stars
39 (Sep 26 - Oct 02)$122,343,7867%$138,699,0005%The Equalizer
18 (May 02 - May 08)$175,759,58740%$193,165,00027%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 14)$246,226,8392%$276,135,0002%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 21)$176,836,799-28%$203,647,000-26%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 30)$120,508,099-41%$154,687,000-37%Ride Along
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 06)$85,426,599-29%$114,101,000-26%Ride Along
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 23)$203,205,96535%$246,792,00031%Ride Along
43 (Oct 24 - Oct 30)$126,307,561-16%$151,200,000-12%Ouija
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 06)$132,712,05313%$159,661,00012%Non-Stop (2014)
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 18)$91,833,86445%$115,981,00033%No Good Deed (2014)
13 (Mar 28 - Apr 03)$159,801,347-6%$181,733,000-3%Noah
44 (Oct 31 - Nov 06)$99,964,533-21%$129,784,000-14%Nightcrawler
19 (May 09 - May 15)$160,996,916-8%$179,009,000-7%Neighbors (2014)
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 20)$127,965,571-25%$149,568,000-23%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
22 (May 30 - Jun 05)$216,842,737-15%$230,493,000-17%Maleficent
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$192,387,4451%$228,446,0004%Lucy
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 16)$150,397,106-6%$188,786,000-1%Lone Survivor
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 28)$130,765,914-26%$157,657,000-23%Guardians of the Galaxy
35 (Aug 29 - Sep 04)$122,883,981-6%$163,465,0004%Guardians of the Galaxy
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 07)$240,966,02025%$271,893,00019%Guardians of the Galaxy
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 11)$63,265,254-49%$87,343,000-47%Guardians of the Galaxy
41 (Oct 10 - Oct 16)$178,679,7542%$204,967,0006%Gone Girl
40 (Oct 03 - Oct 09)$175,329,01643%$193,066,00039%Gone Girl
20 (May 16 - May 22)$216,442,29134%$232,164,00030%Godzilla (2014)
42 (Oct 17 - Oct 23)$150,451,372-16%$172,254,000-16%Fury (2014)
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 09)$159,343,109--$190,069,000--Frozen (2013)
46 (Nov 14 - Nov 20)$154,643,374-22%$174,408,000-20%Dumb and Dumber To
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 27)$170,465,44533%$188,052,00026%Divergent
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 24)$191,126,930-5%$220,449,000-3%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 17)$200,657,60514%$226,676,00011%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 10)$196,678,72423%$212,524,00017%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 17)$186,574,452-5%$203,310,000-4%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 24)$156,755,754-16%$181,228,000-11%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
45 (Nov 07 - Nov 13)$197,207,68097%$217,787,00068%Big Hero 6
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 13)$170,490,79928%$193,723,00021%300: Rise of an Empire
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 26)$203,528,148-22%$220,078,000-20%22 Jump Street
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 19)$259,565,76818%$274,816,00017%22 Jump Street