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 Sun, Jul. 11 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 11 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Spider-Man 2$13,405,014-25%4,16614$3,218$256,435,2142Sony / Columbia
2Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy$8,057,529-16%3,091--$2,607$28,417,2711DreamWorks
3King Arthur (2004)$4,489,394-22%3,086--$1,455$23,623,8541Disney
4Fahrenheit 9/11$3,452,834-19%2,011286$1,717$80,136,8313Lionsgate
5The Notebook (2004)$1,944,134-21%2,288-35$850$43,092,0793New Line
6White Chicks$1,785,788-28%2,201-599$811$56,912,6303Sony / Columbia
7DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story$1,612,365-27%2,444-509$660$97,868,5174Fox
8The Terminal$1,392,424-33%2,313-469$602$65,258,9284DreamWorks
9Shrek 2$1,323,734-24%2,142-467$618$418,524,0718DreamWorks
10Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban$1,316,739-17%2,002-723$658$232,801,2546Warner Bros.