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, Apr. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$1,620,0515%3,84215$422$89,227,0152Fox
2Water for Elephants$1,372,254-4%2,817--$487$23,137,8011Fox
3Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$1,089,575-2%2,288--$476$31,030,1141Lionsgate
4African Cats$538,8625%1,220--$442$8,265,0211Disneynature
5Scream 4$458,638-4%3,3149$138$33,316,6792Weinstein Company
6Hanna$427,186-1%2,384-161$179$33,701,2133Focus
7Soul Surfer$411,9645%2,24026$184$30,475,1523Sony / TriStar
8Source Code$369,599-1%2,363-194$156$46,377,3644Summit
9HOP$361,600-5%3,6168$100$102,719,5654Universal
10Insidious$334,730-1%2,130-103$157$45,620,2364FilmDistrict
11Arthur (2011)$301,358-2%2,770-506$109$30,663,2593Warner Bros.
12Limitless$221,9473%1,363-522$163$74,991,8696Relativity Media
13Your Highness$144,900-5%1,610-1162$90$20,472,9453Universal
14The Lincoln Lawyer$144,897-2%1,220-482$119$54,010,3086Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$175,182-4%849142$206$7,661,9942Roadside Attractions
2Jane Eyre (2011)$91,0704%31945$285$8,227,9407Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$86,6352%2081$417$3,448,2083Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Win Win$74,8201%3884$193$6,945,5556Fox Searchlight
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$57,20910%928-921$62$50,619,1545Fox
6Rango$33,39111%557-419$60$119,678,6948Paramount
7Sucker Punch$27,735-1%244-311$114$36,005,8475Warner Bros.
8The King's Speech$21,520-2%234-81$92$138,419,87322Weinstein Company
9The Adjustment Bureau$19,725-6%263-85$75$61,223,0808Universal
10Red Riding Hood$17,9363%30860$58$37,262,7467Warner Bros.
11Battle: Los Angeles$17,7087%220-334$80$82,723,4457Sony / Columbia
12Just Go With It$17,551-1%265-61$66$102,681,15911Sony / Columbia
13Paul$17,150-12%245-291$70$36,643,9706Universal
14Hall Pass$12,371-10%202-131$61$44,925,5709Warner Bros. / New Line
15Dum Maaro Dum$11,941-12%101--$118$391,6561Fox Searchlight
16Beastly$10,41716%13727$76$27,641,1848CBS Films
17Unknown (2011)$9,7063%162-113$60$63,595,18110Warner Bros.
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$8,2716%166131$50$72,885,51011Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$49,55354%320$1,549$24,348,34658Warner Bros. / IMAX
2No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$8,591-1%89-100$97$1,239,9373Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$5,5417%92--$60$37,757,59910Fox
4True Grit (2010)$4,379-5%80-97$55$171,050,32818Paramount
5Cedar Rapids$3,92131%36--$109$6,786,45611Fox Searchlight
6Kill the Irishman$3,6661%23-16$159$1,023,8507Anchor Bay Films
7Miral$2,80449%20-6$140$354,4115Weinstein Company
8Biutiful$2,18922%21-11$104$5,048,11517Roadside Attractions
9The Company Men$1,12010%15-5$75$4,405,52614Weinstein Company
10Black Swan$656-2%20--$33$106,950,75721Fox Searchlight
11The Music Never Stopped$240-40%6-7$40$234,3566Roadside Attractions
12happythankyoumoreplease$74-54%2-2$37$216,1108Anchor Bay Films
13Meet Monica Velour$74393%1-3$74$18,6493Anchor Bay Films