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, Jan. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$1,608,87814%3,018--$533$26,092,0751Paramount
2The King's Speech$1,088,8027%1,680137$648$61,114,9079Weinstein Company
3The Green Hornet$1,079,73619%3,5840$301$67,300,6552Sony / Columbia
4True Grit (2010)$795,59311%3,4645$230$140,787,6355Paramount
5Black Swan$638,10316%2,40779$265$85,604,0418Fox Searchlight
6The Dilemma$603,31511%2,9433$205$35,158,4552Universal
7The Fighter$450,02412%2,275-139$198$74,317,9247Paramount
8TRON: Legacy$268,18720%2,018-421$133$164,203,0876Disney
9Little Fockers$268,11013%2,979-415$90$142,153,5405Universal
10Tangled$198,47733%1,860-188$107$187,050,2249Disney
11Yogi Bear$186,40431%2,510-192$74$89,341,8416Warner Bros.
12Season of the Witch$181,5397%2,307-520$79$22,932,4813Relativity Media
13Country Strong$176,1517%1,44117$122$17,531,8275Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$84,70428%1,135-569$75$100,929,8367Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$61,26732%1,100-566$56$40,247,1145Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$110,62710%24212$457$4,877,1004Weinstein Company
2The Way Back$102,2676%678--$151$1,651,2881Newmarket Films
3The Tourist$77,4849%875-545$89$66,197,6697Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$77,25924%725-216$107$291,622,56310Warner Bros.
5The Company Men$47,1808%106--$445$882,1081Weinstein Company
6The Social Network$46,9637%38563$122$95,575,90417Sony / Columbia
7Megamind$33,38017%320-21$104$146,468,30912Paramount / DreamWorks
8Rabbit Hole$27,01312%1011$267$1,362,0086Lionsgate
9Due Date$22,7122%275-66$83$100,539,04312Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$19,9926%278-25$72$80,808,38311Fox
11The Heart Specialist$13,60513%293-129$46$975,6092Freestyle
12Love and Other Drugs$12,24010%146-20$84$32,202,5969Fox
13Red (2010)$10,92424%153-53$71$90,278,34415Summit
14Faster (2010)$5,232-8%10629$49$23,104,3029CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$26,12816%0-48--$20,925,44845Warner Bros. / IMAX
2127 Hours$23,81813%69-7$345$11,374,12012Fox Searchlight
3Somewhere (2010)$21,23218%8330$256$1,387,6285Focus
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$12,0170%78--$154$419,7291UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$9,372-5%75-20$125$1,837,5518Roadside Attractions
6Fair Game (2010)$6,45061%72-7$90$9,395,92512Summit
7Life As We Know It$4,69327%86-46$55$53,374,68116Warner Bros.
8Winter's Bone$2,560-1%82$320$6,278,29533Roadside Attractions
9Biutiful$2,48397%4--$621$97,9094Roadside Attractions
10No One Killed Jessica$1,8129%28-17$65$435,3233UTV Communications
11Summer Wars$1,22174%6-3$204$66,2825GKIDS
12The Warrior's Way$754-11%29-48$26$5,659,9058Relativity Media