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, Dec. 18 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 18 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1King Kong (2005)$15,556,245-23%3,568--$4,360$66,181,1731Universal
2The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$9,824,606-24%3,68064$2,670$113,168,9722Disney
3The Family Stone$3,570,099-27%2,466--$1,448$12,520,1911Fox
4Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$1,936,540-23%3,185-543$608$252,602,2815Warner Bros.
5Syriana$1,646,889-30%1,77523$928$22,464,8462Warner Bros.
6Walk the Line$1,063,372-33%2,664-370$399$82,606,6425Fox
7Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)$1,005,227-35%2,723-487$369$45,203,5404Paramount
8Just Friends$561,819-31%1,882-582$299$29,586,6824New Line
9Aeon Flux$537,124-23%2,058-550$261$23,213,6233Paramount
10Pride & Prejudice (2005)$460,688-28%1,141-194$404$29,168,4606Focus