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, Jan. 8 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 8 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hostel$4,655,843-36%2,195--$2,121$19,557,5411Lionsgate
2The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$4,486,572-37%3,514-339$1,277$247,778,2085Disney
3King Kong (2005)$3,464,995-40%3,482-145$995$192,679,7314Universal
4Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$2,745,247-48%3,182126$863$81,077,2643Sony / Columbia
5Cheaper by the Dozen 2$2,200,918-44%3,108-103$708$66,555,3563Fox
6Munich$2,034,764-37%1,485953$1,370$25,348,6813Universal
7Memoirs of a Geisha$1,680,655-35%1,58942$1,058$39,863,3153Sony / Columbia
8Rumor Has It$1,308,307-49%2,766-49$473$35,204,8923Warner Bros.
9The Family Stone$1,084,132-47%2,085-379$520$53,175,7494Fox
10Casanova$954,565-41%1,004967$951$4,979,4713Disney