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. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$13,260,814--3,395--$3,906$13,260,8141Sony / Columbia
2Cowboys & Aliens$13,087,485--3,750--$3,490$13,087,4851Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$7,864,58145%3,7150$2,117$99,731,8492Paramount
4Crazy, Stupid, Love$6,584,335--3,020--$2,180$6,584,3351Warner Bros.
5Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,557,95335%4,145-230$1,582$303,092,4623Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$3,170,02940%2,9260$1,083$32,070,3102Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$2,214,07444%2,510-594$882$91,315,6264Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,793,66729%2,604-771$689$333,715,0815Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$1,411,57013%2,418-797$584$65,942,4104Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$694,543-15%1,763-905$394$180,464,0916Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$532,953-23%1,632-773$327$21,190,8183Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Teacher$269,463-24%765-1269$352$96,144,8706Sony / Columbia
2Bridesmaids$268,61038%484-196$555$164,866,59512Universal
3Kung Fu Panda 2$198,871255%31969$623$161,218,38510Paramount / DreamWorks
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$163,6111%412-179$397$64,321,5387Fox
5The Hangover Part II$116,260178%34671$336$252,744,27710Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$93,55121%196-34$477$11,445,92510Fox Searchlight
7Super 8$90,760-14%325-333$279$124,760,7978Paramount
8X-Men: First Class$86,12861%254-41$339$144,522,4619Fox
9Larry Crowne$85,555-34%335-700$255$34,930,4955Universal
10Beginners$62,46938%147-10$425$4,863,6579Focus
11Thor$60,5136%190-46$318$180,433,77713Paramount
12Rio (2011)$55,216-17%174-36$317$142,892,21916Fox
13Green Lantern (2011)$51,011-12%135-286$378$114,195,1207Warner Bros.
14Monte Carlo$48,195-43%168-192$287$22,188,2515Fox
15Fast Five$39,98553%125-49$320$209,590,11014Universal
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$23,883-46%161-29$148$14,840,2718Relativity Media
17A Better Life$20,938-13%108-74$194$1,529,7726Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$89,522604%3328$2,713$259,4822Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$89,24717%491$1,821$10,127,16917Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$52,28781%9332$562$578,4063Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$46,207--8--$5,776$46,2071Sony / Screen Gems
5The Devil's Double$31,769--5--$6,354$31,7691Lionsgate
6Another Earth$30,823271%2016$1,541$143,0892Fox Searchlight
7Singham$16,947--39-11$435$240,7132Reliance Big Pictures
8The Future$9,465--1--$9,465$9,4651Roadside Attractions
9Water for Elephants$8,549-28%41-50$209$58,647,69815Fox
10Project Nim$7,88020%212$375$203,1544Roadside Attractions
11Insidious$6,30613%41-18$154$53,929,33518FilmDistrict
12A Little Help$5,2104%240$217$68,6382Freestyle Releasing
13Submarine$3,47336%191$183$442,3109Weinstein Company
14Delhi Belly$2,610-32%7-18$373$1,517,7685UTV Communications
15Everything Must Go$742-38%8-1$93$2,691,62012Roadside Attractions
16The Last Mountain$286--2-1$143$111,5789Dada Films
17The Music Never Stopped$22688%2-2$113$256,18520Roadside Attractions
1835 and Ticking$21826%2-1$109$94,29911Image Entertainment
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$155-70%20$78$231,84846Collective Eye
20The Conspirator$144-66%3-7$48$11,531,39716Roadside Attractions
21Daylight (2011)$136--0----$2,1883Cinema Purgatorio