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, Jun. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$3,610,0685%4,3678$827$157,742,9882Paramount / DreamWorks
2Sex and the City 2$3,067,000-5%3,4450$890$60,784,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$2,291,063-5%3,646--$628$45,602,5901Disney
4Iron Man 2$1,251,5383%3,804-373$329$283,511,1624Paramount
5Robin Hood$943,9950%3,373-132$280$89,129,0703Universal
6Letters to Juliet$723,8028%2,825-150$256$40,301,4693Summit
7MacGruber$203,425-11%2,546-5$80$8,361,8552Universal / Rogue
8Date Night$186,0251%1,126-283$165$94,558,6428Fox
9Just Wright$178,649-8%1,195-489$149$19,425,9603Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon$98,58113%825-926$119$213,394,86010Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$92,000-6%891-1234$103$62,200,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
3Babies$63,2580%301-94$210$6,276,2214Focus
4The Back-up Plan$33,6291%391-688$86$36,698,0486CBS Films
5City Island$33,022-3%201-33$164$4,963,60411Anchor Bay
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$31,4679%283-69$111$62,858,56411Fox
7Hot Tub Time Machine$27,000-7%36486$74$50,093,00010MGM
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$19,000-5%225-187$84$161,440,0009Warner Bros.
9Kick-Ass$18,401-7%163-146$113$47,568,4067Lionsgate
10Kites$16,655-8%176-32$95$1,554,7442Reliance Big Cinema
11Shutter Island$15,2382%201-55$76$127,890,67015Paramount
12Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$13,7593%17744$78$60,023,5209Lionsgate
13Furry Vengeance$10,3726%247-1122$42$16,530,8035Summit
14Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$7,2179%108-58$67$88,624,10116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$80,0004%480$1,667$7,333,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$19,34521%84-77$230$749,125,39824Fox
3Under the Sea 3D$13,000-7%180$722$22,268,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Princess Kaiulani$12,045-5%38-9$317$664,5153Roadside Attractions
5Solitary Man$7,253-11%62$1,209$265,4362Anchor Bay
6The Ghost Writer$6,4587%58-28$111$15,350,79215Summit
7The Losers$5,900-11%83-102$71$23,267,0006Warner Bros.
8The Tooth Fairy$4,64522%76-39$61$59,977,93519Fox
9The Secret of Kells$2,91124%252$116$549,51913GKIDS
10Our Family Wedding$2,8163%52-32$54$20,225,61412Fox Searchlight
11The Square (2010)$1,7042%153$114$293,8488Apparition
12Letters to God$95090%14-25$68$2,841,0008Vivendi
13The Runaways$88580%11-19$80$3,573,67311Apparition
14The Joneses$3786%8-19$47$1,436,8277Roadside Attractions