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 Thu, Dec. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,569,66410%3,555--$442$30,363,5751Fox
2The Tourist$1,271,108-3%2,756--$461$22,091,2331Sony / Columbia
3Tangled$1,006,65316%3,565-38$282$119,142,9323Disney
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$777,0037%3,577-548$217$260,701,2574Warner Bros.
5Burlesque$393,1373%2,876-161$137$34,111,9103Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$361,7110%2,240-218$161$29,089,2633Fox
7Unstoppable (2010)$338,0306%2,967-185$114$75,542,6085Fox
8Due Date$291,2034%1,990-460$146$96,064,9226Warner Bros.
9Megamind$188,55510%2,425-748$78$140,950,9626Paramount / DreamWorks
10Faster (2010)$178,4891%2,106-364$85$22,066,5483CBS Films
11The Next Three Days$113,8702%1,426-810$80$20,763,0504Lionsgate
12The Warrior's Way$108,790-6%1,6220$67$5,419,8172Relativity Media
13Morning Glory (2010)$62,6346%1,004-1259$62$30,451,3385Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$127,006-2%416-17$305$8,765,5276Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$54,2622%4360$124$8,430,4156Summit
3Red (2010)$51,2112%564-215$91$88,093,4219Summit
4The Social Network$47,93311%227-33$211$91,558,90111Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$19,1258%255-25$75$250,322,31523Universal
6The Town$18,6416%255-63$73$92,017,26613Warner Bros.
7Skyline$15,2951%277-301$55$21,315,4605Universal / Rogue
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$14,31217%288-34$50$55,087,50212Warner Bros.
9For Colored Girls$13,7932%243-242$57$37,588,7236Lionsgate
10Life As We Know It$7,66525%120-88$64$52,235,47410Warner Bros.
11Inception$6,44014%108-9$60$292,485,54422Warner Bros.
12Jackass 3D$5,952-13%108-72$55$116,857,7369Paramount
13Paranormal Activity 2$4,878-4%125-75$39$84,354,4408Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$445,010-7%9072$4,945$7,408,2742Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$84,0852%1913$4,426$1,839,8283Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$31,791-6%4--$7,948$433,9351Paramount
4Hubble 3D$25,506-4%570$447$19,250,55739Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$17,77941%150$1,185$382,5976Warner Bros.
6I Love You Phillip Morris$17,5410%3528$501$374,5112Roadside Attractions
7Waiting for 'Superman'$9,37496%55-30$170$6,402,17412Paramount Vantage
8Under the Sea 3D$6,39437%11-2$581$25,056,16896Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Tempest$6,21727%6--$1,036$63,3901Disney
10Conviction$5,142-23%75-32$69$6,756,0959Fox Searchlight
11Hereafter$3,723-9%87-27$43$32,505,7639Warner Bros.
12The Nutcracker in 3D$1,856144%37-78$50$195,4593Freestyle Releasing
13Hemingway's Garden of Eden$1,665-15%14--$119$19,5481Roadside Attractions
14Stone$1,111-16%19-3$58$1,782,08710Relativity / Overture
15Frankie & Alice (2010)$99813%1--$998$10,6711Freestyle Releasing
16Wild Target$812-1%9-4$90$108,5897Freestyle
17Jack Goes Boating$743-1%4233$18$541,99213Relativity / Overture
18Winter's Bone$518118%31$173$6,233,82927Roadside Attractions
19Cool It$96-18%10-5$10$62,4205Roadside Attractions