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 Wed, Nov. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,151,124-19%4,0660$529$228,151,8262Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$809,272-22%3,4400$235$44,440,7161Disney
3Immortals$563,259-21%2,6770$210$70,606,5063Relativity Media
4Hugo$473,811-23%1,2770$371$17,043,0191Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$447,117-24%3,6115$124$45,315,8072Warner Bros.
6Arthur Christmas$371,043-15%3,3760$110$17,551,0851Sony / Columbia
7Jack and Jill$369,278-26%3,0290$122$58,417,0063Sony / Columbia
8J. Edgar$345,218-17%1,910-37$181$29,932,5993Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$333,985-18%2,474-15$135$66,287,3354Universal
10Puss in Boots (2011)$229,277-20%3,0050$76$136,233,7995Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$476,808-18%43343$1,101$12,434,0182Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$150,263-13%244121$616$2,535,5061Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$127,197-17%875-85$145$31,964,4714Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$56,350-19%457-13$123$35,236,1765Fox
5Like Crazy$33,344-9%1500$222$2,579,6395Paramount Vantage
6Margin Call$24,436-29%140-30$175$4,447,2036Roadside Attractions
7The Way$18,205-3%101-36$180$3,428,3878Producers Distribution Agency
850/50$17,806-12%2100$85$34,609,4659Summit
9Martha Marcy May Marlene$17,0889%113-14$151$2,622,6006Fox Searchlight
10Paranormal Activity 3$15,255-13%3550$43$103,295,1406Paramount
11The Ides of March$14,967-20%1590$94$39,591,7198Sony / Columbia
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$14,428-28%2240$64$19,959,8136Summit
13Moneyball$14,341-15%1870$77$73,200,76610Sony / Columbia
14Footloose (2011)$12,725-8%3840$33$50,873,9767Paramount
15Courageous$12,319-14%2110$58$32,797,8959Sony / TriStar
16Contagion$10,853-7%218-83$50$75,483,85712Warner Bros.
17Dolphin Tale$8,139-8%216-172$38$70,389,52710Warner Bros.
18Abduction$7,594-13%1630$47$27,864,95710Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,980-15%103-17$39$176,598,17117Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$21,88413%4--$5,471$265,6251Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$15,30897%490$312$14,480,32834Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$9,410-7%930$101$34,528,30211FilmDistrict
4The Rum Diary$5,448-19%540$101$12,975,4985FilmDistrict
5Anonymous$4,859-18%720$67$4,316,4665Sony / Columbia
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$4,33495%19--$228$82,2531Warner Bros.
7The Big Year$1,8422%531$35$7,166,3997Fox
8Inni$1,726303%50$345$102,6795Cinema Purgatorio
9Sarah's Key$712-24%270$26$7,687,80919Weinstein Company
10Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$596-14%480$12$38,518,99615Weinstein Company
11Machine Gun Preacher$38013%90$42$538,47610Relativity Media
12Project Nim$9633%1--$96$407,38421Roadside Attractions
13Laugh at My Pain$86-22%4-7$22$7,702,31112CodeBlack Entertainment