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, Mar. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hall Pass$1,255,65814%2,950--$426$15,893,3641Warner Bros. / New Line
2Unknown (2011)$1,046,07524%3,0430$344$44,866,5372Warner Bros.
3The King's Speech$872,00219%2,385299$366$115,834,48514Weinstein Company
4I Am Number Four$870,85315%3,1562$276$39,349,8052Disney / DreamWorks
5Just Go With It$853,17327%3,544-4$241$80,310,7253Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$693,63817%3,03723$228$75,622,5753Disney
7Drive Angry$519,27021%2,290--$227$6,136,1751Summit
8Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$505,72350%2,810-308$180$63,805,9413Paramount
9Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$385,77915%2,8210$137$29,369,4032Fox
10No Strings Attached$145,85221%1,366-600$107$69,025,9906Paramount
11The Eagle$141,2528%1,568-728$90$18,614,2093Focus
12The Roommate$120,9609%1,726-434$70$36,049,7204Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$152,2008%668-797$228$90,659,47110Paramount
2Black Swan$145,64912%617-39$236$103,852,21613Fox Searchlight
3Cedar Rapids$55,4417%13634$408$2,457,2923Fox Searchlight
4Biutiful$51,81540%18124$286$3,872,6449Roadside Attractions
5The Green Hornet$46,4321%667-598$70$96,729,6317Sony / Columbia
6Sanctum$43,12029%392-985$110$23,146,4854Universal
7The Rite$40,0325%545-503$73$32,388,6875Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Mechanic$35,5114%404-548$88$28,747,4305CBS Films
9127 Hours$26,5921%220-20$121$17,968,34317Fox Searchlight
10The Company Men$25,03849%185-57$135$3,922,4406Weinstein Company
11Blue Valentine (2010)$24,45025%167-68$146$9,268,0779Weinstein Company
12Yogi Bear$19,22218%366--$53$97,892,92811Warner Bros.
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$19,1167%303-18$63$294,362,85715Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$18,25415%248-16$74$103,811,15612Fox
15Little Fockers$17,02545%261-24$65$148,009,00010Universal
16The Dilemma$12,15011%243-50$50$48,453,4407Universal
17The Social Network$11,126-3%269156$41$96,940,47822Sony / Columbia
18Season of the Witch$10,58613%17139$62$24,668,0308Relativity Media
19Gulliver's Travels (2010)$8,70914%204-31$43$42,455,96910Fox
20Winter's Bone$1,848-7%135115$14$6,506,50638Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$25,48038%500$510$22,102,89350Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Rabbit Hole$7,17331%835$86$2,075,76211Lionsgate
3From Prada to Nada$4,549-3%81-47$56$2,914,7645Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Somewhere (2010)$4,17020%27-2$154$1,776,05810Focus
57 Khoon Maaf$3,43784%683$51$258,5792UTV Communications
6Unstoppable (2010)$2,75722%66-39$42$81,533,42916Fox
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$934-18%32$311$51,4133Phase 4 Films
8I Love You Phillip Morris$820-5%156$55$1,954,84413Roadside Attractions
9Brotherhood (2010)$445119%21$223$18,6082Phase 4 Films
10Immigration Tango$116-47%2-28$58$24,1472Roadside Attractions