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 Mon, Aug. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$4,289,390-50%3,545-247$1,210$197,603,1313Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$3,552,481-48%2,911--$1,220$27,080,3201Paramount / DreamWorks
3Salt$2,602,334-56%3,6120$720$73,636,0452Sony / Columbia
4Despicable Me$2,413,340-49%3,6022$670$192,743,7654Universal
5Charlie St. Cloud$1,752,985-40%2,718--$645$14,134,5701Universal
6Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,709,133-50%3,705--$461$13,988,4961Warner Bros.
7Toy Story 3$845,048-49%2,105-661$401$390,606,5397Disney
8Ramona and Beezus$686,825-36%2,7190$253$17,062,5062Fox
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$664,326-52%2,524-980$263$52,690,8543Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$648,451-46%2,334-787$278$288,848,3585Summit
11Grown Ups$621,383-52%2,269-590$274$151,382,7686Sony / Columbia
12The Last Airbender$252,002-57%1,238-889$204$127,545,4495Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$404,350-63%847646$477$10,040,8584Focus
2Predators$160,105-51%873-973$183$49,651,3544Fox
3Shrek Forever After$106,251-39%330128$322$235,753,20311Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Karate Kid (2010)$93,547-55%461-319$203$173,025,6118Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$83,796-52%831-434$101$74,269,4396Fox
6Iron Man 2$48,008-45%286-44$168$311,465,01513Paramount
7The A-Team$40,152-48%282-14$142$76,204,2448Fox
8Winter's Bone$37,586-60%13910$270$4,055,9588Roadside Attractions
9Cyrus$32,418-53%216-238$150$6,937,4157Fox Searchlight
10Marmaduke$25,955-45%230-24$113$32,941,8369Fox
11Get Him to the Greek$24,795-57%155-66$160$60,783,6609Universal
12Killers (2010)$22,543-50%219-14$103$46,676,0829Lionsgate
13Letters to Juliet$18,683-40%173-61$108$52,770,42412Summit
14Robin Hood$12,075-58%115-56$105$105,231,81012Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$80,450-11%530$1,518$12,223,78420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$24,7785%130$1,906$23,336,02777Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Date Night$9,725-40%76-32$128$98,547,58717Fox
4Solitary Man$8,996-52%63-42$143$4,142,98711Anchor Bay
5Jonah Hex$7,942-39%83-93$96$10,499,4767Warner Bros.
6Sex and the City 2$6,274-32%42-27$149$95,143,01410Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Concert$3,648-56%2--$1,824$25,3902Weinstein Company
8The Dry Land$1,080-49%5--$216$8,4311Freestyle
9Splice$860-93%14-25$61$17,008,7609Warner Bros
10City Island$782-71%15-25$52$6,646,69020Anchor Bay
11Avatar$571-86%2-1$286$749,748,87433Fox
12Princess Kaiulani$86-51%20$43$59,51212Roadside Attractions