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 Tue, Jan. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$2,200,242-66%3,584--$614$42,212,7851Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$1,205,555-55%2,940--$410$21,726,5851Universal
3The King's Speech$935,192-55%1,543785$606$47,730,2178Weinstein Company
4Black Swan$863,100-52%2,328744$371$75,883,2207Fox Searchlight
5True Grit (2010)$838,242-61%3,459335$242$129,177,5964Paramount
6The Fighter$544,080-58%2,414-114$225$67,570,8416Paramount
7Little Fockers$441,220-67%3,394-281$130$136,062,7404Universal
8TRON: Legacy$407,072-74%2,439-574$167$158,904,6225Disney
9Season of the Witch$368,901-54%2,82711$130$19,282,6832Relativity Media
10Country Strong$283,657-59%1,4240$199$14,270,0404Sony / Screen Gems
11Yogi Bear$271,484-87%2,702-586$100$84,468,9005Warner Bros.
12Tangled$244,075-85%2,048-335$119$182,910,7708Disney
13The Tourist$163,393-46%1,420-1022$115$64,726,0486Sony / Columbia
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$153,718-81%1,704-1110$90$99,017,6406Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$120,006-87%1,666-1298$72$38,710,7294Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$152,062-52%230190$661$3,312,1953Weinstein Company
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$104,116-70%941-566$111$290,257,4619Warner Bros.
3The Social Network$49,483-61%322-281$154$94,878,00116Sony / Columbia
4Megamind$44,029-82%341-34$129$145,704,76911Paramount / DreamWorks
5Due Date$30,402-49%34197$89$100,154,28911Warner Bros.
6How Do You Know$29,931-57%615-1287$49$30,040,2635Sony / Columbia
7Rabbit Hole$27,747-48%10066$277$1,039,7145Lionsgate
8The Heart Specialist$24,502-77%422--$58$606,0181Freestyle
9Unstoppable (2010)$21,934-58%303-95$72$80,466,22310Fox
10Love and Other Drugs$20,804-28%166-46$125$32,019,9588Fox
11Red (2010)$13,176-60%206-55$64$90,111,53114Summit
12Morning Glory (2010)$6,534-42%127-51$51$31,000,07810Paramount
13Life As We Know It$6,278-63%132-56$48$53,296,60515Warner Bros.
14Despicable Me$4,110-83%137-41$30$251,505,75528Universal
15For Colored Girls$2,746-61%11190$25$37,724,69511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$26,230-48%5336$495$1,059,5204Focus
2Hubble 3D$22,309-51%48--$465$20,675,80444Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$18,853-43%76-12$248$11,142,97211Fox Searchlight
4I Love You Phillip Morris$12,864-52%95-5$135$1,700,2847Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$5,399-58%45-3$120$390,5392UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$4,750-28%79-24$60$9,332,18611Summit
7Faster (2010)$4,198-43%77-2$55$23,012,7978CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$2,554-47%7745$33$5,644,0077Relativity Media
9Jackass 3D$2,197-3%22-48$100$117,226,46814Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$1,120-48%40-50$28$84,751,00413Paramount
11Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$737-86%41-54$18$55,674,07017Warner Bros.
12Summer Wars$625-44%9-5$69$55,3804GKIDS
13Winter's Bone$544-73%60$91$6,265,78132Roadside Attractions
14Tees Maar Khan$41-29%4-34$10$1,076,3654UTV Communications