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. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$14,607,982--3,703--$3,945$14,607,9821Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,706,964--3,723--$1,801$6,706,9641Fox
3New Year's Eve$2,530,494139%3,5050$722$19,936,2482Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Sitter$1,444,89691%2,7522$525$14,766,2022Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,278,31588%2,958-646$432$263,408,3965Lionsgate / Summit
6Hugo$966,31885%2,532-76$382$36,414,1794Paramount
7The Muppets$854,714100%2,808-520$304$68,328,3594Disney
8Arthur Christmas$841,50689%2,929-343$287$35,788,8514Sony / Columbia
9Jack and Jill$360,08688%1,910-877$189$69,637,8726Sony / Columbia
10Tower Heist$276,25048%1,315-754$210$75,163,9657Universal
11Happy Feet Two$262,050-2%1,780-1060$147$58,094,5945Warner Bros.
12Immortals$239,461-12%1,216-1083$197$81,277,4666Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$4,102,843584%425--$9,654$4,702,8431Paramount
2Young Adult$1,089,9453404%986978$1,105$1,529,8692Paramount
3The Descendants$928,759115%8782$1,058$26,306,3115Fox Searchlight
4My Week with Marilyn$156,12364%2440$640$5,651,8684Weinstein Company
5J. Edgar$108,082-20%703-852$154$35,440,4856Warner Bros.
6Puss in Boots (2011)$107,066-7%757-1086$141$142,417,2598Paramount / DreamWorks
7A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$53,892-6%202-268$267$34,291,9077Warner Bros. / New Line
8In Time$48,56735%273-81$178$36,617,9078Fox
9Dolphin Tale$47,261166%281-61$168$71,185,02913Warner Bros.
10Footloose (2011)$36,555450%25352$144$51,205,58510Paramount
11Margin Call$25,60253%121-27$212$5,042,1129Roadside Attractions
12Paranormal Activity 3$25,18154%206-96$122$103,717,0439Paramount
13Courageous$24,7118%101-90$245$33,436,06012Sony / TriStar
14Like Crazy$17,018-27%100-62$170$3,212,8028Paramount Vantage
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$15,32171%123-45$125$20,280,4359Summit
1650/50$11,91219%111-35$107$34,938,50912Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$123,153431%1612$7,697$545,9242Focus
2Shame$88,669161%5130$1,739$1,012,7103Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$73,37981%171$4,316$1,113,5324Weinstein Company
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$28,29037%250$1,132$380,0354Warner Bros.
5Moneyball$20,28119%98-110$207$74,262,10913Sony / Columbia
6Born to Be Wild 3D$16,039-15%490$327$14,745,89637Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Ides of March$11,919-23%72-115$166$40,534,15411Sony / Columbia
8Drive (2011)$11,90688%56-14$213$34,716,31214FilmDistrict
9Martha Marcy May Marlene$5,856-20%39-33$150$2,854,5319Fox Searchlight
10The Rum Diary$3,691-20%30-33$123$13,091,3048FilmDistrict
11Cook County$2,785--5--$557$2,7851Hanover House
12Pastorela$2,30316%19-25$121$148,4713Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Inni$308--1-3$308$116,1348Cinema Purgatorio
14Answers to Nothing$20-81%1-6$20$21,8923Roadside Attractions