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 Mon, Aug. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$3,891,426-54%2,534--$1,536$39,809,8421Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,547,640-60%3,69143$961$108,755,8662Fox
3The Smurfs$2,277,561-51%3,42732$665$104,056,3023Sony / Columbia
4Final Destination 5$1,855,164-58%3,155--$588$19,886,5601Warner Bros. / New Line
530 Minutes or Less$1,830,117-54%2,888--$634$15,160,2351Sony / Columbia
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,158,055-56%2,414-761$480$358,495,4105Warner Bros.
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,047,320-52%2,635-385$397$56,573,8443Warner Bros.
8Captain America: The First Avenger$985,172-57%2,835-785$348$157,956,2804Paramount
9Cowboys & Aliens$959,885-61%3,310-444$290$82,633,9003Universal
10The Change-Up$859,335-55%2,9130$295$26,698,1852Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$840,846-44%2,040--$412$6,802,0771Fox
12Horrible Bosses$333,109-54%1,338-687$249$110,336,2536Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$279,527-49%1,294-1104$216$53,358,8644Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$172,189-59%886-968$194$347,440,9897Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$155,849-45%748-976$208$75,956,5396Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$116,859-51%494-432$237$186,313,4168Disney
4Sarah's Key$69,202-60%10134$685$2,093,2274Weinstein Company
5Green Lantern (2011)$60,252-53%242134$249$115,097,3969Warner Bros.
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$56,850-50%294-33$193$66,151,1419Fox
7Kung Fu Panda 2$56,317-50%252-38$223$163,489,94412Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bridesmaids$51,275-51%285-89$180$167,221,17014Universal
9X-Men: First Class$28,888-45%183-53$158$145,717,43411Fox
10The Hangover Part II$26,262-52%232-71$113$253,967,55412Warner Bros.
11The Tree of Life$25,296-53%118-52$214$12,497,88112Fox Searchlight
12Bad Teacher$22,171-34%149-201$149$97,923,5928Sony / Columbia
13Super 8$17,129-49%108-66$159$125,537,19010Paramount
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$15,506-49%104-12$149$1,211,3735Fox Searchlight
15Monte Carlo$13,728-45%124-17$111$22,703,2167Fox
16Beginners$13,719-62%103-23$133$5,540,16511Focus
17Larry Crowne$9,960-61%166-63$60$35,575,9357Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$69,957-14%490$1,428$11,380,30219Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$41,441-54%8956$466$740,2353Lionsgate
3Another Earth$24,347-62%8227$297$723,4064Fox Searchlight
4Aarakshan$21,141-78%91--$232$365,8021Reliance Big Pictures
5Attack the Block$16,764-56%4032$419$470,8513Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$10,270-53%99-40$104$143,488,55018Fox
7The Future$10,042-51%202$502$244,5943Roadside Attractions
8Thor$7,921-51%81-60$98$180,960,74915Paramount
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$4,360-11%55-33$79$15,005,35410Relativity Media
10Project Nim$3,805-47%18-3$211$311,4266Roadside Attractions
11A Better Life$2,216-62%51-23$43$1,700,1898Summit
12The Last Mountain$643-58%5--$129$120,75011Dada Films
13Insidious$633-63%13-13$49$53,978,57120FilmDistrict
14Submarine$364-55%7-3$52$467,06611Weinstein Company
15Everything Must Go$190-38%3-5$63$2,702,73214Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$150-34%20$75$11,533,55918Roadside Attractions