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 Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 28 - Sun, Jul. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turner & Hooch$12,211,042--1,877--$6,506$12,211,0421Disney
2Lethal Weapon 2$10,401,958-20%1,8300$5,684$61,001,1334Warner Bros.
3Batman (1989)$8,953,369-20%2,2010$4,068$202,869,3226Warner Bros.
4Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan$6,251,310--1,683--$3,714$6,251,3101Paramount
5Honey, I Shrunk the Kids$4,577,894-29%1,481-17$3,091$56,615,1776Disney
6License to Kill$3,410,486-33%1,508-79$2,262$17,285,5763MGM/UA
7Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade$2,813,538-17%1,203-320$2,339$127,197,08210Paramount
8Peter Pan (1953) (1989 re-issue)$2,329,615-46%1,422-111$1,638$12,290,5213Disney
9Ghostbusters II$1,948,117-32%1,342-416$1,452$102,139,3387Columbia
10The Karate Kid Part III$1,201,132-42%1,119-309$1,073$21,449,7015Columbia