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, Jan. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$11,096,425--3,584--$3,096$11,096,4251Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$6,174,225--2,940--$2,100$6,174,2251Universal
3True Grit (2010)$3,254,531137%3,459335$941$118,466,4264Paramount
4The King's Speech$2,442,748225%1,543785$1,583$37,966,6078Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$2,399,857150%2,328744$1,031$67,268,2157Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$2,035,985141%3,394-281$600$129,122,0104Universal
7The Fighter$1,491,724106%2,414-114$618$62,136,3886Paramount
8TRON: Legacy$1,391,39682%2,439-574$570$152,629,9925Disney
9Season of the Witch$1,284,17196%2,82711$454$14,781,9112Relativity Media
10Country Strong$1,102,487103%1,4240$774$10,707,6214Sony / Screen Gems
11Yogi Bear$1,023,840191%2,702-586$379$77,773,9125Warner Bros.
12Tangled$832,750152%2,048-335$407$178,135,4418Disney
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$534,83368%1,704-1110$314$96,277,5696Fox
14The Tourist$501,82336%1,420-1022$353$63,080,7696Sony / Columbia
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$459,76266%1,666-1298$276$35,988,1854Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$394,473403%230190$1,715$1,854,9583Weinstein Company
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$346,44275%941-566$368$288,750,7109Warner Bros.
3The Heart Specialist$151,933--422--$360$151,9331Freestyle
4Megamind$146,455603%341-34$429$144,901,54011Paramount / DreamWorks
5How Do You Know$126,429-34%615-1287$206$29,667,0685Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$99,40944%322-281$309$94,441,50116Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$91,710297%34197$269$99,835,28011Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$77,808458%10066$778$759,6235Lionsgate
9Burlesque$70,960--29567$241$38,439,4468Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$69,96086%303-95$231$80,218,80710Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$45,81642%166-46$276$31,861,2498Fox
12Red (2010)$41,75673%206-55$203$89,967,08014Summit
13Life As We Know It$25,01471%132-56$190$53,209,88815Warner Bros.
14Morning Glory (2010)$17,14429%127-51$135$30,944,89510Paramount
15Despicable Me$12,33539%137-41$90$251,426,31028Universal
16For Colored Girls$6,0761115%11190$55$37,693,67811Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$66,796292%5336$1,260$798,6134Focus
2127 Hours$44,09448%76-12$580$10,954,67911Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$36,99339%480$771$20,505,91744Warner Bros. / IMAX
4I Love You Phillip Morris$33,66938%95-5$354$1,561,6917Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$24,055169%45-3$535$297,1432UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$14,31947%79-24$181$9,290,07211Summit
7Faster (2010)$10,337121%77-2$134$22,970,4828CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$5,574191%7745$72$5,618,3767Relativity Media
9Jackass 3D$3,772-21%22-48$171$117,212,41714Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$3,55520%40-50$89$84,737,74013Paramount
11Every Day$3,500--3--$1,167$3,5001Image Entertainment
12Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$2,491-40%41-54$61$55,657,12717Warner Bros.
13Summer Wars$2,056-28%9-5$228$48,5514GKIDS
14Winter's Bone$1,293183%71$185$6,258,31932Roadside Attractions
15Tees Maar Khan$112-78%4-34$28$1,076,0854UTV Communications