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 Sun, Sep. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$4,491,927-7%2,823--$1,591$16,321,5751Focus
2Machete$3,744,514-2%2,670--$1,402$11,416,1641Fox
3Takers$3,606,969-14%2,2060$1,635$37,327,5572Sony / Screen Gems
4The Expendables$2,513,2002%3,3980$740$92,187,9034Lionsgate
5The Last Exorcism$2,328,285-16%2,8740$810$32,114,3602Lionsgate
6Going the Distance (2010)$2,267,517-5%3,030--$748$6,884,9641Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Other Guys$1,975,4551%2,607-574$758$106,754,1005Sony / Columbia
8Inception$1,717,1801%1,704-366$1,008$277,145,5038Warner Bros.
9Eat Pray Love$1,707,006-3%2,663-445$641$68,904,7924Sony / Columbia
10Nanny McPhee Returns$1,259,220-10%2,708-90$465$22,399,9003Universal
11Despicable Me$1,152,100-1%1,600-233$720$240,434,9659Universal
12The Switch (2010)$1,116,805-3%1,885-132$592$21,494,6973Miramax
13Vampires Suck$1,085,983-16%2,434-799$446$32,494,8243Fox
14Piranha 3D$925,1523%1,789-702$517$22,528,0653Weinstein Company
15Toy Story 3$760,8790%1,520920$501$408,100,17412Disney
16Lottery Ticket$730,467-19%1,310-663$558$20,509,0853Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$851,3371%812--$1,048$757,543,63438Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$556,830-3%807-759$690$28,835,3854Universal
3Salt$464,752-2%705-463$659$115,218,4687Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$389,0702%804-697$484$70,923,1746Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$301,085-1%434-467$694$41,083,5405Disney
6Grown Ups$235,7954%383120$616$160,047,47211Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$178,333-1%455-368$392$42,032,2446Warner Bros.
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$157,086-4%396-80$397$298,687,34110Summit
9The Kids Are All Right$133,835-15%239-103$560$19,790,6479Focus
10The Last Airbender$118,272-8%257-49$460$131,058,41910Paramount
11Hubble 3D$112,5481%123-28$915$14,992,57225Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Ramona and Beezus$95,960-10%305-49$315$25,205,0487Fox
13The Karate Kid (2010)$91,427-10%227-28$403$176,238,16513Sony / Columbia
14Shrek Forever After$78,6510%179-28$439$238,319,04316Paramount / DreamWorks
15Charlie St. Cloud$56,100-7%220-113$255$30,966,9006Universal
16Knight and Day$47,184-11%142-87$332$76,203,92211Fox
17Predators$44,03523%111-76$397$51,775,3209Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We Are Family$113,7803%78--$1,459$296,9071UTV Communications
2The Tillman Story$50,060-4%2419$2,086$260,4793Weinstein Company
3Winter's Bone$41,057-11%90-27$456$5,608,96313Roadside Attractions
4The A-Team$32,42696%54-38$600$77,179,35713Fox
5Under the Sea 3D$23,068-13%160$1,442$24,090,39582Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Marmaduke$20,02578%45-21$445$33,620,74114Fox
7Flipped$18,783-3%282$671$751,0465Warner Bros.
8The Concert$16,864-8%200$843$439,2467Weinstein Company
9Peepli Live$11,470-5%26-19$441$748,1284UTV Communications
10Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$9,451-11%18-3$525$485,1947NeoClassics
11Cyrus$4,841-13%26-6$186$7,378,45812Fox Searchlight
12Solitary Man$3,899-2%245$162$4,337,37816Anchor Bay
13La Soga$3,78928%5-7$758$159,39247-57 Releasing
14The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,4709%6-1$578$144,4205Anchor Bay
15White Wedding (2009)$1,7593%4--$440$5,8591Dada Films
16Princess Kaiulani$180-78%32$60$874,79817Roadside Attractions