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 Wed, Aug. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$3,788,206-8%3,545-247$1,069$205,513,8343Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$3,002,595-12%2,911--$1,031$33,502,8281Paramount / DreamWorks
3Despicable Me$2,323,595-12%3,6022$645$197,697,4854Universal
4Salt$2,317,952-15%3,6120$642$78,677,2612Sony / Columbia
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,781,419-15%3,705--$481$17,858,9981Warner Bros.
6Charlie St. Cloud$1,481,565-19%2,718--$545$17,450,3601Universal
7Toy Story 3$864,239-10%2,105-661$411$392,435,4167Disney
8Ramona and Beezus$778,731-10%2,7190$286$18,708,6342Fox
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$645,529-12%2,524-980$256$54,072,8103Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$642,498-8%2,334-787$275$290,187,6105Summit
11Grown Ups$612,609-7%2,269-590$270$152,652,5316Sony / Columbia
12The Last Airbender$231,858-10%1,238-889$187$128,033,8275Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$467,261-7%847646$552$11,011,3044Focus
2Predators$132,786-6%873-973$152$49,924,8724Fox
3Shrek Forever After$115,446-19%330128$350$236,010,57011Paramount / DreamWorks
4Knight and Day$88,167-7%831-434$106$74,452,5576Fox
5The Karate Kid (2010)$78,853-9%461-319$171$173,191,2008Sony / Columbia
6Iron Man 2$47,133-11%286-44$165$311,564,81613Paramount
7Winter's Bone$42,195-4%13910$304$4,142,1628Roadside Attractions
8The A-Team$41,932-11%282-14$149$76,293,1598Fox
9Marmaduke$34,928-2%230-24$152$33,012,5849Fox
10Cyrus$34,244-2%216-238$159$7,006,7287Fox Searchlight
11Killers (2010)$24,529-4%219-14$112$46,726,1909Lionsgate
12Get Him to the Greek$22,4250%155-66$145$60,828,5609Universal
13Letters to Juliet$22,262-3%173-61$129$52,815,60412Summit
14Robin Hood$12,5950%115-56$110$105,257,05512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$92,198-1%530$1,740$12,409,01420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$29,061-5%130$2,235$23,395,74677Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Date Night$10,5992%76-32$139$98,568,54417Fox
4Solitary Man$7,32111%63-42$116$4,157,23011Anchor Bay
5Jonah Hex$6,734-30%83-93$81$10,515,8247Warner Bros.
6Sex and the City 2$6,50113%42-27$155$95,155,25110Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Concert$4,02830%2--$2,014$32,5252Weinstein Company
8City Island$1,43813%15-25$96$6,649,48120Anchor Bay
9The Dry Land$1,08614%5--$217$10,4671Freestyle
10Avatar$87413%2-1$437$749,750,52033Fox
11Splice$4827%14-25$34$17,009,6939Warner Bros
12Princess Kaiulani$78-33%20$39$59,70612Roadside Attractions