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 Tue, Oct. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$2,208,039-9%3,216--$687$45,313,2101Paramount
2Jackass 3D$1,724,972-3%3,11130$554$90,362,4642Paramount
3Red (2010)$1,264,98213%3,27318$386$45,906,4012Summit
4Hereafter$1,010,33914%2,1812175$463$14,231,2542Warner Bros.
5Secretariat$606,92211%3,10836$195$38,595,5043Disney
6The Social Network$581,54515%2,92153$199$73,993,6094Sony / Columbia
7Life As We Know It$524,13925%3,019-131$174$38,544,3553Warner Bros.
8The Town$262,42014%1,918-450$137$85,175,1556Warner Bros.
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$161,056-13%2,236-266$72$50,591,1285Warner Bros.
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$117,64018%1,255-790$94$50,219,6355Fox
11Easy A$113,9866%1,632-682$70$55,005,6776Sony / Screen Gems
12My Soul to Take$101,2250%1,689-840$60$14,188,3603Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$86,9046%290108$300$3,873,5515Paramount Vantage
2It's Kind of a Funny Story$60,9618%560-197$109$5,226,6963Focus
3Inception$53,0543%452155$117$290,485,82715Warner Bros.
4Stone$41,89812%11372$371$864,4313Relativity / Overture
5Case 39$38,9947%721-685$54$12,787,5134Paramount Vantage
6N-Secure$37,775-2%445-41$85$2,040,8152Freestyle
7Devil$35,2250%642-249$55$32,508,4606Universal
8Alpha and Omega$34,743-26%727-242$48$23,594,8546Lionsgate
9Let Me In$29,54414%513-698$58$11,676,6124Relativity / Overture
10Nowhere Boy$26,12920%2150$122$815,0513Weinstein Company
11Never Let Me Go$21,98312%178-54$124$2,045,8866Fox Searchlight
12Despicable Me$21,060-13%324-8$65$247,565,34516Universal
13Catfish$17,1823%13923$124$2,913,6496Universal / Rogue
14I Want Your Money$5,14319%172-365$30$399,8202Freestyle
15Nanny McPhee Returns$3,7650%150-55$25$29,002,96510Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$32,0225%60-1$534$17,164,51032Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Conviction$26,038-7%5544$473$498,2832Fox Searchlight
3Buried$8,59416%88-15$98$901,4705Lionsgate
4Under the Sea 3D$7,2583%160$454$24,592,33089Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The American$4,10834%76-68$54$35,569,2788Focus
6Machete$3,1654%50-46$63$26,526,1648Fox
7Lottery Ticket$3,074-10%92-46$33$24,670,03910Warner Bros.
8Avatar$3,036-30%9-1$337$760,382,40845Fox
9The Tillman Story$2,450-11%247$102$720,37210Weinstein Company
10Jack Goes Boating$1,97244%35-14$56$456,9336Relativity / Overture
11Vampires Suck$1,220-13%54-33$23$36,626,06410Fox
12I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$1,069-9%8-3$134$85,8023Anchor Bay
13Winter's Bone$392-84%18-19$22$6,203,99920Roadside Attractions
14The Concert$313-17%5-4$63$647,46014Weinstein Company
15Piranha 3D$137-47%0-28--$24,980,28010Weinstein Company
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$9-25%10$9$166,69212Anchor Bay