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. 11 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Guys$3,769,202-21%3,651--$1,032$49,059,2841Sony / Columbia
2Inception$2,216,375-15%3,418-127$648$235,007,1214Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$1,508,824-31%2,435--$620$21,537,9571Disney
4Despicable Me$1,382,265-18%3,413-189$405$213,826,7055Universal
5Dinner for Schmucks$1,345,515-17%3,00493$448$51,171,3482Paramount / DreamWorks
6Salt$1,260,639-20%3,317-295$380$96,000,0893Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,073,288-20%3,7050$290$29,896,0252Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$708,445-22%2,7257$260$25,949,1952Universal
9Toy Story 3$514,837-13%1,714-391$300$398,033,3838Disney
10Ramona and Beezus$344,753-13%1,478-1241$233$22,139,8173Fox
11The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$340,325-12%1,704-630$200$294,218,3226Summit
12The Sorcerer's Apprentice$324,421-14%1,766-758$184$58,092,1974Disney
13Grown Ups$291,578-14%1,769-500$165$156,611,3547Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$322,750-16%994147$325$15,063,2715Focus
2The Last Airbender$86,172-18%639-599$135$129,257,5496Paramount
3Shrek Forever After$79,033-17%308-22$257$236,801,51212Paramount / DreamWorks
4Predators$54,722-8%454-419$121$50,672,0615Fox
5Middle Men$46,755-31%252--$186$500,0251Paramount
6Knight and Day$41,604-15%336-495$124$74,988,2487Fox
7Winter's Bone$38,850-1%1412$276$4,593,2419Roadside Attractions
8Iron Man 2$30,077-14%224-62$134$311,900,68614Paramount
9The A-Team$28,776-18%241-41$119$76,618,3509Fox
10Marmaduke$22,070-16%170-60$130$33,220,76710Fox
11Twelve$18,1102%231--$78$163,0291Hannover House
12Cyrus$16,2442%132-84$123$7,186,8508Fox Searchlight
13Sex and the City 2$16,190-7%200158$81$95,287,27311Warner Bros. / New Line
14Killers (2010)$13,635-7%172-47$79$46,903,05910Lionsgate
15Get Him to the Greek$13,225-4%110-45$120$60,963,49010Universal
16Letters to Juliet$12,354-9%103-70$120$52,933,32713Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$85,9966%530$1,623$13,044,66821Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Flipped$25,148-9%45--$559$305,6401Warner Bros.
3Under the Sea 3D$24,20020%130$1,862$23,553,67078Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Concert$10,90818%1917$574$131,8203Weinstein Company
5Solitary Man$5,820-11%45-18$129$4,230,22412Anchor Bay
6Date Night$5,570-12%46-30$121$98,626,08318Fox
7The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,539-17%10--$354$52,9831Anchor Bay
8City Island$2,70023%7-8$386$6,662,55021Anchor Bay
9Jonah Hex$1,97818%25-58$79$10,545,5818Warner Bros.
10Princess Kaiulani$4161%1-1$416$862,87713Roadside Attractions