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.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Jan. 18 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 18 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Hawk Down$9,914,37710580%3,1013085$3,197$11,758,3771Sony / Columbia
2Snow Dogs$4,261,204--2,302--$1,851$4,261,2041Disney
3A Beautiful Mind$3,326,483199%2,2253$1,495$66,236,0113Universal
4The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$3,202,519192%2,222-1159$1,441$236,146,2495New Line
5Orange County$2,868,212318%2,3170$1,238$21,543,0902Paramount
6Ocean's Eleven$1,681,765213%2,6700$630$166,547,4937Warner Bros.
7Kate & Leopold$1,023,184185%2,381-86$430$17,753,4454Miramax
8Vanilla Sky$926,920155%2,355-415$394$90,863,2996Paramount
9Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$529,655143%1,851-319$286$306,890,91710Warner Bros.
10Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius$528,144188%2,506-304$211$70,357,3335Paramount