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, Jan. 6 - Sun, Jan. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Devil Inside$33,732,515--2,285--$14,763$33,732,5151Paramount
2Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$19,868,059-32%3,555100$5,589$169,568,9714Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$13,689,321-34%3,603-100$3,799$157,049,3824Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$11,364,714-23%2,95036$3,852$76,900,6283Sony / Columbia
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$9,496,913-42%3,425-299$2,773$111,585,3674Fox
6War Horse$8,679,470-40%2,783236$3,119$56,904,6823Disney / DreamWorks
7We Bought a Zoo$8,305,797-37%3,1707$2,620$56,399,9063Fox
8The Adventures of Tintin$6,727,740-41%3,006-81$2,238$62,008,0153Paramount
9The Darkest Hour$3,124,316-25%2,163-164$1,444$18,690,6053Summit
10New Year's Eve$3,107,343-51%1,864-361$1,667$51,868,1405Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,472,095-29%1,058-353$1,391$278,415,7338Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$1,358,289-49%1,236-305$1,099$85,561,1957Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$5,478,521405%809752$6,772$10,129,6705Focus
2The Descendants$2,584,137-24%737-21$3,506$43,960,7008Fox Searchlight
3Hugo$1,600,751-35%843-108$1,899$52,630,9087Paramount
4Young Adult$1,281,347-39%830-157$1,544$14,747,8515Paramount
5The Sitter$1,154,859-31%758-590$1,524$28,722,9945Fox
6The Artist$1,120,111-15%1725$6,512$7,097,6127Weinstein Company
7My Week with Marilyn$827,327-11%584-46$1,417$10,458,3407Weinstein Company
8Puss in Boots (2011)$587,390-22%351-38$1,673$146,597,21511Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$303,85020%29542$1,030$77,198,42010Universal
10Happy Feet Two$226,987-43%285-240$796$61,356,5968Warner Bros.
11Real Steel$204,587-15%213-14$961$84,857,54514Disney / DreamWorks
12Moneyball$167,252-18%231-19$724$75,267,10516Sony / Columbia
13Jack and Jill$161,407-15%171-51$944$71,974,4939Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$158,7614%19110$831$34,311,60915Sony / TriStar
15In Time$115,35629%1329$874$37,238,31711Fox
16J. Edgar$110,346-55%152-303$726$36,862,1789Warner Bros.
17Arthur Christmas$102,644-85%280-1063$367$46,440,4917Sony / Columbia
18Dolphin Tale$95,346-37%149-39$640$72,165,81916Warner Bros.
19Immortals$89,374-29%128-100$698$82,851,9139Relativity Media
20Footloose (2011)$74,033-17%131-51$565$51,780,53713Paramount
21The Ides of March$71,199-15%114-29$625$40,962,53414Sony / Columbia
22A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$55,983-43%125-120$448$35,033,75910Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Dangerous Method$279,280-7%643$4,364$2,076,1787Sony Pictures Classics
2Shame$210,0595%45-10$4,668$2,366,6696Fox Searchlight
3The Iron Lady$176,374-20%51$35,275$520,6692Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$109,972126%117$9,997$233,4112Focus
5Carnage (2011)$109,33817%153$7,289$530,5254Sony Pictures Classics
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$99,125-11%60$16,521$498,6693Warner Bros.
7A Separation$92,63856%63$15,440$198,0462Sony Pictures Classics
8Born to Be Wild 3D$87,537-2%45-4$1,945$15,327,37040Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Melancholia$87,15538%61-2$1,429$2,675,9139Magnolia Pictures
10Pina$83,02716%30$27,676$384,0683IFC Films
11Drive (2011)$56,208129%305$1,874$34,911,58517FilmDistrict
12The Way$55,496-2%503$1,110$4,266,62814Producers Distribution Agency
13Hubble 3D$36,477-57%183$2,027$30,568,71995Warner Bros. / IMAX
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$32,289241%75$4,613$90,6813FilmDistrict
15Margin Call$31,23432%301$1,041$5,300,73212Roadside Attractions
16The Help$28,247-26%50-15$565$169,556,17822Disney / DreamWorks
17The Skin I Live In$21,663-2%4214$516$3,085,78613Sony Pictures Classics
18Under the Sea 3D$21,171-24%93$2,352$30,358,715152Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Le Havre$19,952--18--$1,108$457,72012Janus Films
20Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,121--9--$2,125$4,493,845873D Entertainment
21The Women on the 6th Floor$19,05559%114$1,732$490,73314Strand Releasing
22Midnight in Paris$15,335-13%21-2$730$56,407,28334Sony Pictures Classics
23Martha Marcy May Marlene$13,77760%151$918$2,932,82512Fox Searchlight
24Take Shelter$11,20124%211$533$1,690,80715Sony Pictures Classics
25Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$10,652--1--$10,652$14,0081Cinema Guild
26Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$9,23380%92$1,026$262,41612Submarine Deluxe
27Like Crazy$7,438-22%15-15$496$3,388,21011Paramount Vantage
28The Conquest$5,805--6--$968$167,9419Music Box Films
29Young Goethe In Love$5,587195%72$798$109,16410Music Box Films
30Mozart's Sister$4,768-35%6-3$795$696,77721Music Box Films
31My Reincarnation$4,74856%30$1,583$62,99611Long Shot Factory
32The Lion King 3D$4,271-5%70$610$94,240,63517Disney
33Inni$4,163741%42$1,041$122,01011Cinema Purgatorio
34Outrage$3,740305%76$534$35,3366Magnolia / Magnet
35El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$3,732--1--$3,732$206,57224Alive Mind Cinema
36The Whale$3,631125%30$1,210$65,12118Paladin
37The Guard$3,31629%117$301$5,341,47124Sony Pictures Classics
38Roadie (2010)$2,661--1--$2,661$2,6611Magnolia Pictures
39Paul Goodman Changed My Life$2,497341%10$2,497$29,48812Zeitgeist Films
40Garbo: The Spy$2,334-14%20$1,167$24,5678First Run Features
41Eames: The Architect and the Painter$2,045-14%3-2$682$141,8588First Run Features
42Blackthorn$1,48032%40$370$190,19714Magnolia Pictures
43The Man Nobody Knew$1,423-20%1-1$1,423$172,31116First Run Features
44Hell and Back Again$1,235--2--$618$35,87214Docurama Films
45Tomboy (2011)$1,235--1--$1,235$97,3948Dada Films
46The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$1,171--1--$1,171$27,55618The Film Desk
47Tyrannosaur$1,122--1--$1,122$17,2198Strand Releasing
48Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$943-34%31$314$89,4939Variance Films
49Jane's Journey$73735%10$737$24,48317First Run Features
50Rid of Me$702-42%10$702$10,3738Submarine Entertainment
51Crazy Wisdom$636--1--$636$44,3787Alive Mind Cinema
52Khodorkovsky$564--1--$564$28,2826Kino Lorber
53Amigo$46211%20$231$181,35621Variance Films
54Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$352--1--$352$37,79017International Film Circuit