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 Thu, Dec. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,125,3675%4,046-20$278$251,583,2673Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$584,3733%3,4400$170$58,763,2582Disney
3Hugo$540,6405%1,840563$294$27,364,4102Paramount
4Immortals$415,9171%2,627-50$158$77,407,5054Relativity Media
5Arthur Christmas$409,4628%3,3760$121$26,890,1122Sony / Columbia
6Happy Feet Two$349,0245%3,536-75$99$53,100,1013Warner Bros.
7Jack and Jill$314,8904%3,04920$103$65,442,2874Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$300,5259%2,404-70$125$71,763,5305Universal
9J. Edgar$244,516-2%1,98575$123$33,572,6984Warner Bros.
10Puss in Boots (2011)$182,4577%2,750-255$66$140,245,2756Paramount / DreamWorks
11Moneyball$62,7936%1,004817$63$74,026,60311Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$57,4274%1,016857$57$40,349,2089Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$376,102-1%574141$655$19,250,4233Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$112,062-4%2440$459$4,337,8392Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$106,1335%710-165$149$33,511,4595Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$50,3461%421-36$120$36,058,8726Fox
5Like Crazy$30,73817%1522$202$2,981,3136Paramount Vantage
6Courageous$25,328-8%26554$96$33,139,87910Sony / TriStar
7The Way$21,894-2%16059$137$3,713,5719Producers Distribution Agency
8Margin Call$20,9507%15111$139$4,768,9507Roadside Attractions
9Dolphin Tale$20,3694%410194$50$70,798,91511Warner Bros.
1050/50$16,0363%196-14$82$34,822,94010Summit
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$11,61416%208-16$56$20,141,2837Summit
12Paranormal Activity 3$11,3017%255-100$44$103,486,3527Paramount
13Footloose (2011)$10,422-3%309-75$34$51,072,4288Paramount
14Anonymous$10,12512%10533$96$4,431,4406Sony / Columbia
15Contagion$9,06547%155-63$58$75,593,98413Warner Bros.
16Abduction$7,71715%151-12$51$27,996,01311Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$32,531-1%10--$3,253$498,0861Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$25,60011%62$4,267$593,3802Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$15,37758%490$314$14,613,74535Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Martha Marcy May Marlene$10,3824%84-29$124$2,770,0277Fox Searchlight
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$8,58434%245$358$181,8602Warner Bros.
6Drive (2011)$7,9449%86-7$92$34,629,04512FilmDistrict
7The Rum Diary$5,517-1%639$88$13,040,9916FilmDistrict
8Pastorela$4,890-19%55--$89$105,7001Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,4134%84-19$53$176,662,41618Fox
10Answers to Nothing$1,18812%21--$57$20,4381Roadside Attractions
11Inni$865115%2-3$433$112,2676Cinema Purgatorio
12Circumstance$593--1--$593$449,75915Roadside Attractions
13Sarah's Key$48232%7-20$69$7,693,18720Weinstein Company
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$451-18%31-17$15$38,530,48816Weinstein Company
15Laugh at My Pain$18589%51$37$7,705,03913CodeBlack Entertainment