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, Nov. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$1,265,605-33%2,808--$451$29,373,0711Lionsgate
2Red (2010)$954,318-21%3,34976$285$61,936,1303Summit
3Jackass 3D$885,680-22%3,13928$282$104,762,4053Paramount
4Paranormal Activity 2$847,286-29%3,23923$262$69,033,1402Paramount
5Hereafter$572,323-22%2,424243$236$24,125,4703Warner Bros.
6Secretariat$476,081-32%3,1080$153$46,368,1104Disney
7The Social Network$438,963-19%2,767-154$159$80,944,6765Sony / Columbia
8Life As We Know It$421,167-25%2,860-159$147$44,955,0244Warner Bros.
9The Town$228,273-13%1,608-310$142$88,333,5987Warner Bros.
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$121,326-65%2,010-226$60$53,360,9106Warner Bros.
11Easy A$92,708-27%1,262-370$73$56,644,8457Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$187,123-21%565510$331$2,975,9893Fox Searchlight
2Waiting for 'Superman'$110,8062%33040$336$4,899,2806Paramount Vantage
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$81,933-6%933-322$88$51,459,4666Fox
4It's Kind of a Funny Story$59,127-5%477-83$124$5,966,4444Focus
5Inception$44,733-5%401-51$112$291,081,48316Warner Bros.
6Alpha and Omega$31,771-64%676-51$47$24,267,3237Lionsgate
7Stone$31,269-10%12512$250$1,280,4384Relativity / Overture
8Devil$28,290-32%635-7$45$33,213,6357Universal
9My Soul to Take$24,705-13%713-976$35$14,719,1254Universal / Rogue
10Despicable Me$23,285-27%33511$70$247,958,99017Universal
11N-Secure$21,910-16%367-78$60$2,475,2313Freestyle
12Case 39$18,775-4%406-315$46$13,093,9565Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$17,640-4%378-135$47$11,949,8265Relativity / Overture
14Nowhere Boy$16,638-6%153-62$109$1,036,7264Weinstein Company
15Never Let Me Go$15,0661%126-52$120$2,225,0017Fox Searchlight
16Catfish$13,635-5%137-2$100$3,087,6887Universal / Rogue
17Buried$7,233-21%10719$68$993,8376Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$38,392-4%611$629$17,508,22933Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$4,97215%8-1$622$760,431,76546Fox
3Under the Sea 3D$4,455-54%160$278$24,664,11090Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Machete$3,28112%566$59$26,561,3299Fox
5The Tillman Story$2,91312%240$121$748,89811Weinstein Company
6The American$2,426-8%42-34$58$35,603,0379Focus
7Wild Target$2,405-9%4--$601$30,8281Freestyle
8Lottery Ticket$2,223-38%70-22$32$24,717,60111Warner Bros.
9Jack Goes Boating$1,85147%350$53$476,9437Relativity / Overture
10I Want Your Money$1,785-5%59-113$30$431,5163Freestyle
11Vampires Suck$965-6%49-5$20$36,648,46411Fox
12Winter's Bone$8450%11-7$77$6,213,01921Roadside Attractions
13Piranha 3D$803-25%19--$42$24,992,95511Weinstein Company
14The Concert$540286%61$90$652,49415Weinstein Company
15I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$205-7%3-5$68$90,3074Anchor Bay