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 Mon, Dec. 20 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1TRON: Legacy$6,075,208-47%3,451--$1,760$50,101,4191Disney
2Yogi Bear$2,428,465-49%3,515--$691$18,839,7871Warner Bros.
3The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,225,059-40%3,5550$626$44,977,2962Fox
4Tangled$1,988,674-29%3,201-364$621$129,906,9504Disney
5The Fighter$1,619,806-51%2,5032499$647$14,189,2092Paramount
6The Tourist$1,220,945-51%2,7560$443$31,834,4652Sony / Columbia
7How Do You Know$1,061,974-46%2,483--$428$8,546,6701Sony / Columbia
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$963,017-41%2,860-717$337$266,686,6355Warner Bros.
9Burlesque$296,234-35%1,510-1366$196$35,833,9994Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$272,476-42%1,874-1093$145$77,658,7806Fox
11Due Date$228,403-36%1,157-833$197$97,555,5827Warner Bros.
12Love and Other Drugs$200,598-39%1,093-1147$184$30,401,7394Fox
13Megamind$171,738-27%1,025-1400$168$141,813,2737Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$1,497,124-44%959869$1,561$17,288,8773Fox Searchlight
2127 Hours$109,526-40%307-109$357$9,431,0977Fox Searchlight
3Faster (2010)$63,523-50%660-1446$96$22,564,0214CBS Films
4Red (2010)$59,537-37%439-125$136$88,489,53010Summit
5The Social Network$49,316-43%2281$216$91,890,24212Sony / Columbia
6Despicable Me$40,775-26%233-22$175$250,534,41524Universal
7Fair Game (2010)$30,335-52%268-168$113$8,680,7237Summit
8The Next Three Days$29,950-38%361-1065$83$20,976,4865Lionsgate
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$24,870-31%210-78$118$55,219,53613Warner Bros.
10Morning Glory (2010)$17,519-48%263-741$67$30,586,5086Paramount
11Paranormal Activity 2$16,630-40%17449$96$84,453,6089Paramount
12The Warrior's Way$15,263-47%217-1405$70$5,519,6513Relativity Media
13Hereafter$11,713-45%232145$50$32,588,55410Warner Bros.
14Skyline$11,070-42%123-154$90$21,382,4956Universal / Rogue
15The Town$9,690-44%144-111$67$92,084,54714Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$165,189-55%4324$3,842$3,102,1484Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$41,22321%56-1$736$19,392,94640Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$22,108-56%5015$442$543,8073Roadside Attractions
4The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$16,826-42%150$1,122$495,4727Warner Bros.
5The Tempest$9,950--2116$474$131,4762Disney
6Rabbit Hole$8,512-50%5--$1,702$62,2901Lionsgate
7Under the Sea 3D$8,2329%110$748$25,093,16497Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Life As We Know It$7,351-41%75-45$98$52,283,32411Warner Bros.
9Inception$5,609-21%62-46$90$292,517,08223Warner Bros.
10For Colored Girls$5,121-53%79-164$65$37,631,1667Lionsgate
11Jackass 3D$3,955-40%50-58$79$116,879,57610Paramount
12Stone$2,401-46%6445$38$1,798,42511Relativity / Overture
13Waiting for 'Superman'$1,822-33%33-22$55$6,412,07913Paramount Vantage
14Winter's Bone$773-24%41$193$6,238,14428Roadside Attractions