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, Dec. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,147,289-71%4,046-20$284$248,073,6983Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$571,567-82%3,4400$166$56,928,7372Disney
3Hugo$517,730-76%1,840563$281$25,638,9152Paramount
4Immortals$426,225-65%2,627-50$162$76,085,3994Relativity Media
5Arthur Christmas$327,985-86%3,3760$97$25,671,4722Sony / Columbia
6Happy Feet Two$312,277-82%3,536-75$88$52,016,8433Warner Bros.
7Jack and Jill$280,922-78%3,04920$92$64,446,3764Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$263,250-70%2,404-70$110$70,862,0055Universal
9J. Edgar$223,148-60%1,98575$112$32,792,6404Warner Bros.
10Puss in Boots (2011)$170,302-82%2,750-255$62$139,684,7446Paramount / DreamWorks
11Moneyball$52,541-59%1,004817$52$73,840,02611Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$50,255-59%1,016857$49$40,173,8459Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$353,076-69%574141$615$18,030,1473Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$110,352-66%2440$452$3,971,1032Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$96,213-60%710-165$136$33,181,5585Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$47,336-64%421-36$112$35,897,8316Fox
5Courageous$22,968-66%26554$87$33,059,09210Sony / TriStar
6Like Crazy$22,294-66%1522$147$2,896,6676Paramount Vantage
7Dolphin Tale$19,602-79%410194$48$70,734,47811Warner Bros.
8The Way$18,624--16059$116$3,642,3489Producers Distribution Agency
9Margin Call$16,700-69%15111$111$4,701,4557Roadside Attractions
1050/50$13,471-59%196-14$69$34,773,64210Summit
11Paranormal Activity 3$11,192-61%255-100$44$103,453,6367Paramount
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$10,691-63%208-16$51$20,105,1567Summit
13Footloose (2011)$9,057-69%309-75$29$51,040,2918Paramount
14Anonymous$7,315-62%10533$70$4,402,7716Sony / Columbia
15Abduction$6,279-74%151-12$42$27,973,95611Lionsgate
16Contagion$5,580-65%155-63$36$75,571,95913Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$39,338-60%10--$3,934$388,8571Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$20,901-69%62$3,484$522,5252Weinstein Company
3Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,721-62%84-29$104$2,740,7327Fox Searchlight
4Drive (2011)$7,195-52%86-7$84$34,605,51712FilmDistrict
5Pastorela$7,010-79%55--$127$89,1851Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,594-64%490$135$14,570,97735Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Rum Diary$4,873-57%639$77$13,023,7726FilmDistrict
8Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,449-73%84-19$41$176,649,84518Fox
9Circumstance$1,71230%3--$571$447,50115Roadside Attractions
10Answers to Nothing$1,665-48%21--$79$15,9271Roadside Attractions
11The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$1,458-93%245$61$160,9892Warner Bros.
12Inni$882107%3-2$294$110,3516Cinema Purgatorio
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$351-88%31-17$11$38,529,01716Weinstein Company
14Sarah's Key$312-51%7-20$45$7,692,01220Weinstein Company
15Laugh at My Pain$124-50%51$25$7,704,60513CodeBlack Entertainment