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 Thu, May. 21 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 21 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Terminator Salvation$13,372,139--3,480--$3,843$13,372,1390Warner Bros.
2Star Trek$2,980,018-4%3,86011$772$161,636,1532Paramount
3Angels & Demons$2,618,434-11%3,527--$742$60,111,9781Sony / Columbia
4X-Men Origins: Wolverine$811,496-15%3,648-454$222$155,253,8163Fox
5Ghosts of Girlfriends Past$545,5864%2,828-347$193$42,141,5943Warner Bros. / New Line
6Obsessed$288,588-1%2,399-203$120$63,907,3664Sony / Screen Gems
7The Soloist$197,792-7%2,022-68$98$28,396,1324Paramount / DreamWorks
8Earth (2009)$192,728-4%1,144-650$168$29,943,1054Disneynature
9Monsters vs. Aliens$185,8278%1,951-234$95$191,652,4548Paramount / DreamWorks
1017 Again$185,631-6%1,908-995$97$59,314,8485Warner Bros. / New Line