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, Nov. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$9,853,481-63%4,061--$2,426$147,975,7421Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$1,758,247-71%3,606--$488$22,995,3151Warner Bros.
3Immortals$1,325,195-62%3,1208$425$54,405,0842Relativity Media
4Puss in Boots (2011)$1,100,276-67%3,415-488$322$123,492,1494Paramount / DreamWorks
5Jack and Jill$1,027,227-66%3,4380$299$41,793,7062Sony / Columbia
6Tower Heist$676,880-60%2,942-428$230$54,215,7003Universal
7J. Edgar$577,282-62%1,94737$296$21,300,0962Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$361,256-53%1,808-1067$200$28,696,5363Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$200,971-55%1,367-1224$147$33,655,5044Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$106,055-52%1,402-1374$76$102,725,2505Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$103,492-50%1,218-997$85$50,270,3616Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$67,526-58%702-1056$96$82,625,4437Disney / DreamWorks
2Like Crazy$56,926-61%10939$522$1,824,2844Paramount Vantage
3Courageous$54,077-60%517-388$105$32,392,5488Sony / TriStar
4Moneyball$51,470-57%409-404$126$72,692,7619Sony / Columbia
5The Ides of March$42,484-62%298-398$143$39,142,6277Sony / Columbia
6Dolphin Tale$41,646-50%388-317$107$70,058,7749Warner Bros.
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$37,004-65%180-3$206$2,295,4335Fox Searchlight
8Margin Call$33,540-69%170--$197$3,949,3245Roadside Attractions
9The Way$30,550--137-34$223$3,069,4367Producers Distribution Agency
1050/50$26,191-53%185-239$142$34,270,4548Summit
11Contagion$24,372-54%301-54$81$75,203,27811Warner Bros.
12Anonymous$24,092-55%179-303$135$4,177,0464Sony / Columbia
13The Rum Diary$20,001-56%152-795$132$12,859,2684FilmDistrict
14Abduction$16,126-55%18154$89$27,642,8459Lionsgate
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$15,650-58%170-499$92$19,564,2005Summit
16Rise of the Planet of the Apes$11,006-56%131-33$84$176,465,89116Fox
17Johnny English Reborn$8,645-64%108-102$80$8,277,7505Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$113,525-70%29--$3,915$1,382,8211Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$26,0552%490$532$14,305,65633Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$6,858-60%46-29$149$34,369,98010FilmDistrict
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$6,098-54%70-2$87$38,472,37314Weinstein Company
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$5,576-48%91-39$61$84,329,54617Warner Bros.
6Sarah's Key$4,589-49%52-110$88$7,666,41818Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$3,293-56%78-7$42$381,003,47819Warner Bros.
8The Big Year$2,859-64%59-24$48$7,124,1046Fox
9The Mighty Macs$2,116-64%28-33$76$1,867,0685Quaker Media
10Shark Night 3D$1,297-52%27-2$48$18,873,81912Relativity Media
11What's Your Number?$1,218-60%25-38$49$14,009,4118Fox
12I Don't Know How She Does It$1,213-44%38-45$32$9,660,28710Weinstein Company
13Laugh at My Pain$562-70%11-2$51$7,697,19411CodeBlack Entertainment
14Apollo 18$32723%5-13$65$17,687,25612Weinstein Company
15Our Idiot Brother$312-53%6-6$52$24,815,14213Weinstein Company
16Machine Gun Preacher$278-79%197$15$531,8739Relativity Media
17Inni$167-69%3-1$56$88,6934Cinema Purgatorio
18Circumstance$90-68%2-3$45$441,49413Roadside Attractions
19The Future$11--1-2$11$568,22217Roadside Attractions