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 Fri, Dec. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tangled$5,146,398260%3,6030$1,428$80,108,3192Disney
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$4,801,767154%4,1250$1,164$232,302,4083Warner Bros.
3Burlesque$1,994,591142%3,0370$657$22,851,1862Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$1,977,370171%2,4583$804$18,899,4472Fox
5Unstoppable (2010)$1,883,340244%3,152-31$598$64,676,0104Fox
6Due Date$1,356,136203%2,450-105$554$88,104,9885Warner Bros.
7Faster (2010)$1,219,137152%2,47016$494$15,502,2672CBS Films
8Megamind$1,176,585253%3,173-238$371$132,850,8955Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Warrior's Way$1,119,875--1,622--$690$1,119,8751Relativity Media
10The Next Three Days$809,306167%2,236-328$362$16,540,3153Lionsgate
11Morning Glory (2010)$553,482139%2,263-178$245$27,883,2054Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$501,848252%433140$1,159$5,494,4725Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$276,960228%43640$635$6,613,0445Summit
3Red (2010)$231,344199%779-135$297$86,651,3168Summit
4For Colored Girls$128,965135%485-120$266$36,936,5855Lionsgate
5Skyline$124,33075%578-611$215$20,643,3704Universal / Rogue
6The Social Network$112,984219%260-31$435$90,678,65110Sony / Columbia
7The Town$61,338149%3180$193$91,593,94212Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me$54,585242%28014$195$249,841,65022Universal
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$54,4491307%322192$169$54,651,35211Warner Bros.
10Easy A$45,248--229-22$198$58,035,12012Sony / Screen Gems
11Jackass 3D$35,623146%180-3$198$116,658,0718Paramount
12Life As We Know It$35,470223%208-41$171$52,054,9129Warner Bros.
13Paranormal Activity 2$32,553163%200-79$163$84,189,0127Paramount
14Inception$21,154107%117-27$181$292,337,62821Warner Bros.
15Conviction$19,474258%10721$182$6,615,6068Fox Searchlight
16Hereafter$14,08097%114-88$124$32,402,1978Warner Bros.
17The Nutcracker in 3D$11,328271%11570$99$110,0722Freestyle Releasing

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$415,822--18--$23,101$415,8221Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$85,406158%62$14,234$568,8642Weinstein Company
3Hubble 3D$39,13334%570$687$18,873,52438Warner Bros. / IMAX
4I Love You Phillip Morris$30,623--6--$5,104$30,6231Roadside Attractions
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$16,214--15--$1,081$115,1675Warner Bros.
6Guzaarish$15,335134%58-38$264$946,5973UTV
7Waiting for 'Superman'$13,984168%8516$165$6,294,91911Paramount Vantage
8Under the Sea 3D$7,76932%130$598$24,971,67695Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$6,43373%59-31$109$52,422,39311Fox
10Nowhere Boy$4,424125%23-17$192$1,434,0869Weinstein Company
11Stone$4,068125%22-1$185$1,752,8419Relativity / Overture
12Wild Target$3,446374%137$265$83,3046Freestyle
13Winter's Bone$1,7672256%20$884$6,228,54026Roadside Attractions
14The Tillman Story$1,180200%141$84$795,50016Weinstein Company
15Let Me In$1,128101%0-31--$12,132,81310Relativity / Overture
16Jack Goes Boating$522-29%90$58$531,99012Relativity / Overture
17Cool It$341361%1514$23$58,7494Roadside Attractions