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 Fri, Dec. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$5,027,448--3,505--$1,434$5,027,4481Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$3,706,669--2,750--$1,348$3,706,6691Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,456,195118%3,604-442$682$254,039,4624Lionsgate / Summit
4The Muppets$1,672,046186%3,328-112$502$60,435,3043Disney
5Hugo$1,574,646191%2,608768$604$28,939,0563Paramount
6Arthur Christmas$1,426,754248%3,272-104$436$28,316,8663Sony / Columbia
7Jack and Jill$871,357177%2,787-262$313$66,313,6445Sony / Columbia
8Happy Feet Two$845,817142%2,840-696$298$53,945,9184Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$734,495144%2,069-335$355$72,498,0256Universal
10Immortals$729,71075%2,299-328$317$78,137,2155Relativity Media
11J. Edgar$355,69645%1,555-430$229$33,928,3945Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$354,85494%1,843-907$193$140,600,1297Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,318,017250%876302$1,505$20,568,4404Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$215,40592%2440$883$4,553,2443Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$154,50646%470-240$329$33,665,9656Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$110,453119%354-67$312$36,169,3257Fox
5Dolphin Tale$69,517241%342-68$203$70,868,43212Warner Bros.
6Like Crazy$51,57568%16210$318$3,032,8887Paramount Vantage
7Courageous$49,18794%191-74$258$33,189,06611Sony / TriStar
8Margin Call$45,792119%148-2$309$4,814,7428Roadside Attractions
9Moneyball$43,412-31%208-796$209$74,070,01512Sony / Columbia
10Paranormal Activity 3$41,000263%30247$136$103,527,3528Paramount
11The Ides of March$35,211-39%187-829$188$40,384,41910Sony / Columbia
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$26,679130%168-40$159$20,167,9628Summit
13Footloose (2011)$22,622117%201-108$113$51,095,0509Paramount
1450/50$21,02631%146-50$144$34,843,96611Summit
15Abduction$18,442139%131-20$141$28,014,45512Lionsgate
16The Smurfs$16,834--181-146$93$142,549,42820Sony / Columbia
17Contagion$13,88453%111-44$125$75,607,86814Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$90,684--4--$22,671$90,6841Focus
2Young Adult$89,660--8--$11,208$89,6601Paramount
3Shame$83,839158%2111$3,992$581,9252Fox Searchlight
4The Artist$77,073201%1610$4,817$670,4533Weinstein Company
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$25,401196%251$1,016$207,2613Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,13924%490$391$14,632,88436Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Drive (2011)$15,03089%70-16$215$34,644,07513FilmDistrict
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$14,26237%72-12$198$2,784,2898Fox Searchlight
9Anonymous$10,055-1%82-23$123$4,441,4957Sony / Columbia
10The Rum Diary$9,34169%630$148$13,050,3327FilmDistrict
11Pastorela$9,28390%44-11$211$114,9832Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,884101%61-23$146$176,671,30019Fox
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,077139%23-8$47$38,531,56517Weinstein Company
14Project Nim$981--2--$491$408,40123Roadside Attractions
15Circumstance$67113%1-1$671$450,43016Roadside Attractions
16Inni$497-43%4-2$124$112,7647Cinema Purgatorio
17Laugh at My Pain$30866%3-2$103$7,705,34714CodeBlack Entertainment
18Answers to Nothing$120-90%7-14$17$20,5582Roadside Attractions
19The Future$76--1--$76$568,36620Roadside Attractions