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, Dec. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$7,080,43130%4,046-20$1,750$242,923,5143Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$5,134,45689%3,4400$1,493$53,130,8462Disney
3Arthur Christmas$3,465,954110%3,3760$1,027$23,060,6992Sony / Columbia
4Hugo$3,382,02670%1,840563$1,838$22,938,7722Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$2,764,38397%3,536-75$782$49,954,7013Warner Bros.
6Jack and Jill$2,474,64257%3,04920$812$62,860,4084Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$1,892,68438%2,627-50$720$74,456,0124Relativity Media
8Tower Heist$1,838,40547%2,404-70$765$69,733,3155Universal
9Puss in Boots (2011)$1,396,05696%2,750-255$508$138,581,5646Paramount / DreamWorks
10J. Edgar$1,032,96645%1,98575$520$32,005,7434Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$268,86154%1,004817$268$73,660,76011Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$236,84850%1,016857$233$40,001,9639Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$2,226,64355%574141$3,879$16,551,3093Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$509,73348%2440$2,089$3,536,4602Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$410,02223%710-165$577$32,844,6905Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$244,20736%421-36$580$35,719,7146Fox
5Dolphin Tale$139,61170%410194$341$70,621,53711Warner Bros.
6Like Crazy$108,05228%1522$711$2,808,8066Paramount Vantage
7Margin Call$105,11684%15011$701$4,631,4547Roadside Attractions
8Courageous$83,00434%26554$313$32,968,38210Sony / TriStar
9Footloose (2011)$63,93530%309-75$207$51,001,6778Paramount
10The Smurfs$63,293106%32779$194$142,462,36919Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 3$60,76547%255-100$238$103,413,6057Paramount
1250/50$55,08225%196-14$281$34,727,22010Summit
13The Three Musketeers (2011)$52,57941%208-16$253$20,065,3627Summit
14Abduction$42,57156%151-12$282$27,943,07011Lionsgate
15Contagion$32,11039%155-63$207$75,550,64313Warner Bros.
16Anonymous$28,88221%10533$275$4,376,2326Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$139,70526%10--$13,971$250,1811Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$88,23959%62$14,707$434,1722Weinstein Company
3Martha Marcy May Marlene$41,59355%84-29$495$2,709,1637Fox Searchlight
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$37,021192%245$1,543$137,1982Warner Bros.
5Drive (2011)$26,13235%86-7$304$34,583,30812FilmDistrict
6Pastorela$24,5353%55--$446$48,8591Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Born to Be Wild 3D$23,2552%490$475$14,546,06835Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Rise of the Planet of the Apes$19,09866%84-19$227$176,633,53318Fox
9The Rum Diary$14,62422%639$232$13,007,4376FilmDistrict
10Answers to Nothing$5,80811%21--$277$11,0311Roadside Attractions
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,284168%31-17$138$38,525,63916Weinstein Company
12Inni$2,7546%73$393$109,0426Cinema Purgatorio
13Sarah's Key$1,32634%7-20$189$7,691,06020Weinstein Company
14Circumstance$1,3200%2--$660$444,46915Roadside Attractions
15Laugh at My Pain$437-68%51$87$7,704,23213CodeBlack Entertainment
16Thunder Soul$279--1--$279$143,98611Roadside Attractions