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. 12 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$6,101,648-38%3,203--$1,905$26,650,2641Sony / Screen Gems
2The American$1,376,209-45%2,83310$486$28,111,3582Focus
3Takers$1,240,631-53%2,191-15$566$47,680,7833Sony / Screen Gems
4Machete$1,210,418-31%2,6788$452$20,916,7092Fox
5Going the Distance (2010)$879,808-46%3,0300$290$13,952,3222Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Expendables$809,238-45%3,058-340$265$98,466,2645Lionsgate
7Eat Pray Love$801,399-35%2,339-324$343$74,660,9645Sony / Columbia
8The Other Guys$756,512-52%2,246-361$337$112,442,4086Sony / Columbia
9The Last Exorcism$705,707-55%2,731-143$258$38,062,3223Lionsgate
10Inception$666,040-49%1,583-121$421$282,211,9789Warner Bros.
11Nanny McPhee Returns$650,100-34%2,364-344$275$26,281,0454Universal
12Despicable Me$543,125-29%1,375-225$395$243,531,97010Universal
13The Switch (2010)$447,881-51%1,595-290$281$25,005,8324Miramax
14Vampires Suck$322,123-57%1,670-764$193$35,082,8534Fox
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$198,228-39%1,187791$167$299,633,86411Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lottery Ticket$273,166-55%905-405$302$22,613,6694Warner Bros.
2Toy Story 3$267,377-22%712-808$376$409,976,03713Disney
3Avatar$219,057-31%436-376$502$759,562,77839Fox
4Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$204,270-45%619-188$330$30,438,3155Universal
5Piranha 3D$180,420-42%825-964$219$24,337,1684Weinstein Company
6Salt$153,701-47%484-221$318$116,451,6218Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$130,745-31%425-30$308$42,672,8877Warner Bros.
8Flipped$119,019-45%442414$269$1,264,5156Warner Bros.
9Dinner for Schmucks$100,190-56%536-268$187$71,832,7757Paramount / DreamWorks
10Grown Ups$94,142-47%339-44$278$160,678,10512Sony / Columbia
11The Kids Are All Right$66,302-46%218-21$304$20,241,94810Focus
12Ramona and Beezus$55,569-37%275-30$202$25,523,8398Fox
13The Last Airbender$51,378-40%220-37$234$131,396,88811Paramount
14Winter's Bone$37,076-36%11020$337$5,808,90114Roadside Attractions
15The Karate Kid (2010)$33,522-45%168-59$200$176,464,96514Sony / Columbia
16Charlie St. Cloud$22,785-56%190-30$120$31,136,9507Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,22919%60-63$1,287$15,385,26326Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tillman Story$22,467-40%251$899$422,2754Weinstein Company
3The Romantics$14,142-7%2--$7,071$45,5271Four of a Kind
4The Concert$12,210-32%19-1$643$503,1878Weinstein Company
5Predators$11,376-57%86-25$132$51,856,23610Fox
6Knight and Day$10,774-55%93-49$116$76,307,71612Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$10,437-19%15-1$696$24,159,66783Warner Bros. / IMAX
8La Soga$7,782-18%72$1,112$193,65557-57 Releasing
9Bran Nue Dae$6,164-44%16--$385$23,5271Freestyle Releasing
10Cyrus$4,056-37%260$156$7,399,81113Fox Searchlight
11Solitary Man$1,385-26%9-15$154$4,347,74517Anchor Bay
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,282-38%4-2$321$153,9546Anchor Bay
13Princess Kaiulani$8621%30$287$880,69118Roadside Attractions
14White Wedding (2009)$544-43%2-2$272$10,9082Dada Films