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 Tue, May. 11 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$8,380,235-11%4,380--$1,913$145,869,6971Paramount
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$803,0001%3,3320$241$50,078,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Back-up Plan$465,84529%3,003-277$155$30,932,2123CBS Films
4Date Night$464,16623%2,734-359$170$81,842,8555Fox
5How to Train Your Dragon$435,24614%3,003-423$145$201,831,1797Paramount / DreamWorks
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$233,0009%2,157-580$108$158,453,0006Warner Bros.
7Oceans$222,38439%1,23222$181$16,514,3503Disneynature
8Death at a Funeral (2010)$221,19812%1,706-565$130$38,951,4174Sony / Screen Gems
9Furry Vengeance$219,33339%3,0025$73$12,476,6732Summit
10The Losers$214,00021%2,450-486$87$21,889,0003Warner Bros.
11Kick-Ass$204,3279%1,759-783$116$45,673,3454Lionsgate
12The Last Song$98,82623%1,303-973$76$60,520,0166Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$179,9042%534--$337$2,516,9281Focus
2Hot Tub Time Machine$74,00014%802-310$92$48,737,0007MGM
3City Island$61,39835%247-22$249$3,054,5258Anchor Bay
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$61,2446%582-468$105$330,976,85110Disney
5Avatar$47,0318%328-59$143$748,037,19521Fox
6Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$29,996-11%404-323$74$59,455,2656Lionsgate
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$22,203-6%625-541$36$61,547,9838Fox
8The Ghost Writer$21,62813%231-105$94$14,921,25212Summit
9Greenberg$14,35255%114-29$126$4,087,0268Focus
10She's Out of My League$14,28011%26118$55$31,311,2729Paramount
11Shutter Island$13,20328%189-61$70$126,899,72312Paramount
12Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$11,18213%221-44$51$88,207,94613Fox
13Our Family Wedding$8,54510%11921$72$20,012,9649Fox Searchlight
14The Tooth Fairy$8,41813%160-26$53$59,729,47316Fox
15The Crazies$6,868-3%149-48$46$39,031,86711Overture
16Letters to God$5,5008%112-87$49$2,757,0005Vivendi
17Brooklyn's Finest$4,39416%113-33$39$27,130,18510Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,00060%48-1$1,604$5,236,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$13,00049%182$722$21,908,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Joneses$6,79015%68-55$100$1,360,8044Roadside Attractions
4Crazy Heart$5,79059%75-43$77$39,406,48921Fox Searchlight
5The Runaways$4,810-4%65-57$74$3,497,5368Apparition
6Cop Out$3,5000%91-50$38$44,837,00011Warner Bros.
7Remember Me$3,40264%76-42$45$19,062,4999Summit
8The Book of Eli$3,0003%61-16$49$94,829,00017Warner Bros.
9The Square (2010)$2,3454%17-7$138$222,3655Apparition
10The Secret of Kells$1,534-20%22-15$70$433,19010GKIDS
11The Blind Side$1,00067%25-21$40$255,946,00025Warner Bros.
12That Evening Sun$23512%4--$59$277,97327Freestyle