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, Jul. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$32,988,88353%4,088--$8,070$97,754,2301Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$7,936,43452%4,1150$1,929$98,867,0492Disney
3Bad Teacher$4,524,06854%3,0490$1,484$49,970,0392Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$4,058,145--2,973--$1,365$4,058,1451Universal
5Monte Carlo$3,151,902--2,473--$1,275$3,151,9021Fox
6Super 8$2,308,49790%3,088-336$748$102,851,5244Paramount
7Green Lantern (2011)$1,951,92754%3,280-536$595$98,047,8893Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,712,69232%2,861-481$599$46,737,4143Fox
9Bridesmaids$1,027,86052%1,389-642$740$150,402,2258Universal
10X-Men: First Class$837,18850%1,602-1031$523$136,548,9155Fox
11The Hangover Part II$697,52047%1,568-1187$445$246,549,4026Warner Bros.
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$656,13722%1,473-771$445$232,204,0307Disney
13Kung Fu Panda 2$468,841-1%1,281-1246$366$155,663,5086Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$264,47663%22813$1,160$6,767,9126Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$141,25942%308-36$459$140,173,80712Fox
3Beginners$135,829168%10836$1,258$1,902,1975Focus
4Thor$123,07663%270-134$456$177,640,3569Paramount
5Fast Five$98,150112%302-156$325$208,069,59510Universal
6Soul Surfer$54,947--205-35$268$43,291,71513Sony / TriStar
7Water for Elephants$51,17620%234-58$219$57,906,12911Fox
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$44,070-16%221-670$199$13,845,5794Relativity Media
9Something Borrowed$32,845-11%191-112$172$38,609,3989Warner Bros.
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$31,8441387%14094$227$52,930,49311Lionsgate
11Rango$28,07318%117-39$240$123,124,88018Paramount
12The Lincoln Lawyer$24,29934%138-51$176$57,721,51216Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$170,372--89--$1,914$170,3721UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$66,9543%470$1,425$8,042,68013Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$35,22625%330$1,067$26,219,17268Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Double Dhamaal$26,234--41--$640$417,7792Reliance Big Pictures
5A Better Life$25,146391%117$2,286$108,8162Summit
6Insidious$13,73982%70-4$196$53,579,70714FilmDistrict
7Source Code$11,6900%66-40$177$54,589,08814Summit
8Limitless$8,83312%55-30$161$79,211,99416Relativity Media
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,668-17%68-46$127$10,035,84910Weinstein Company
10Submarine$6,7155%20-6$336$321,5075Weinstein Company
11Hanna$5,720-5%34-25$168$40,230,63713Focus
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,059-16%31-27$131$52,663,63715Fox
13Jane Eyre (2011)$4,050-29%26-25$156$11,200,22317Focus
14The Conspirator$2,44830%15-10$163$11,496,47512Roadside Attractions
15Win Win$2,189-11%18-14$122$10,134,72716Fox Searchlight
16Everything Must Go$2,0432%19-14$108$2,642,3428Roadside Attractions
17The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,444--1--$1,444$16,9948Argot Pictures
1835 and Ticking$1,043702%21$522$76,9077Image Entertainment
19Beautiful Boy$80129%40$200$67,2915Anchor Bay Films
20The Art of Getting By$800-91%7-300$114$1,424,5723Fox Searchlight
21The Music Never Stopped$194273%53$39$250,46916Roadside Attractions