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 Sat, Aug. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,882,00634%2,77888$2,117$92,581,6553Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$3,743,6040%2,614--$1,432$7,469,6721Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,689,58342%3,346-125$1,103$146,102,6324Fox
4Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$3,034,455-15%2,760--$1,099$6,617,3091FilmDistrict
5Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$2,615,40462%3,30510$791$20,214,0092Weinstein Company
6Our Idiot Brother$2,593,7899%2,555--$1,015$4,984,0151Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$2,045,10760%2,861-196$715$124,520,2365Sony / Columbia
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,283,07128%1,577-363$814$68,909,3365Warner Bros.
9Fright Night (2011)$1,242,03525%3,1140$399$13,418,0992Disney / DreamWorks
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$1,217,93229%3,0150$404$15,641,2922Lionsgate
11Final Destination 5$1,050,81429%2,085-1070$504$37,226,3553Warner Bros. / New Line
1230 Minutes or Less$1,038,71225%2,071-817$502$30,973,4623Sony / Columbia
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,029,43949%1,328-410$775$369,959,0137Warner Bros.
14Cowboys & Aliens$1,021,14554%1,559-654$655$92,830,1955Universal
15One Day$992,02518%1,7254$575$9,105,8272Focus
16Captain America: The First Avenger$955,97852%1,424-564$671$168,106,2016Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$497,18529%904-729$550$34,174,6554Universal
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$278,81857%51834$538$349,273,5849Paramount / DreamWorks
3Sarah's Key$264,63639%27271$973$3,905,2646Weinstein Company
4Horrible Bosses$260,88629%465-290$561$113,638,9418Warner Bros. / New Line
5Super 8$131,20752%242156$542$125,961,64712Paramount
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$117,89774%239-35$493$66,954,12111Fox
7Zookeeper$114,30152%225-145$508$77,132,6818Sony / Columbia
8Green Lantern (2011)$101,41259%222-20$457$115,907,50511Warner Bros.
9Bridesmaids$93,24527%222-22$420$167,987,71016Universal
10Kung Fu Panda 2$92,47880%194-43$477$164,211,34614Paramount / DreamWorks
11Friends With Benefits$90,07424%214-199$421$55,166,0176Sony / Screen Gems
12Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$73,47230%223-1759$329$11,631,6663Fox
13X-Men: First Class$49,50748%110-36$450$146,093,20013Fox
14The Hangover Part II$28,65943%128-65$224$254,285,04214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$64,98861%490$1,326$12,070,76621Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bad Teacher$49,09541%75-25$655$98,248,55210Sony / Columbia
3Another Earth$39,51347%947$420$1,074,6076Fox Searchlight
4The Devil's Double$33,74229%78-5$433$1,145,5385Lionsgate
5The Tree of Life$30,87723%971$318$12,826,38514Fox Searchlight
6Monte Carlo$27,02048%91-16$297$22,889,0479Fox
7Attack the Block$19,8144%30-14$660$693,3595Sony / Screen Gems
8Circumstance$14,181-18%7--$2,026$31,4751Roadside Attractions
9Beginners$12,38735%50-19$248$5,698,02013Focus
10Rio (2011)$11,540164%39-29$296$143,590,12820Fox
11The Future$8,6798%22-9$395$388,6685Roadside Attractions
12Redemption Road$8,03837%26--$309$13,9181Freestyle Releasing
13Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$4,60283%15-22$307$1,313,6437Fox Searchlight
14A Better Life$4,38159%31-34$141$1,750,71510Summit
15Insidious$2,98674%7-2$427$53,990,14122FilmDistrict
16Project Nim$2,80419%164$175$344,5378Roadside Attractions
17The Conspirator$441-6%3-1$147$11,537,48120Roadside Attractions
18Everything Must Go$414106%3-1$138$2,708,80016Roadside Attractions
195 Days of War$345-45%1-1$345$10,2852Anchor Bay Films
20Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$8-88%1-2$8$240,41750Collective Eye