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. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,926,128-52%3,703--$1,330$44,563,2071Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,712,721-59%3,723--$729$25,957,4651Fox
3New Year's Eve$1,118,249-40%3,5050$319$25,834,4162Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Sitter$706,209-48%2,7522$257$18,636,1962Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$651,427-46%2,958-646$220$266,979,4015Lionsgate / Summit
6Arthur Christmas$641,568-44%2,929-343$219$39,143,1994Sony / Columbia
7Hugo$626,378-46%2,532-76$247$39,782,0874Paramount
8The Muppets$588,340-48%2,808-520$210$71,582,9114Disney
9Happy Feet Two$205,324-44%1,780-1060$115$59,115,1975Warner Bros.
10Jack and Jill$173,856-47%1,910-877$91$70,680,4856Sony / Columbia
11Immortals$139,186-47%1,216-1083$114$82,028,5626Relativity Media
12Tower Heist$124,925-42%1,315-754$95$75,913,6657Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$2,021,005-49%425--$4,755$15,406,2091Paramount
2Young Adult$417,506-55%986978$423$4,260,5892Paramount
3The Descendants$398,316-54%8782$454$29,044,2255Fox Searchlight
4Puss in Boots (2011)$89,264-42%757-1086$118$142,864,6668Paramount / DreamWorks
5My Week with Marilyn$87,206-51%2440$357$6,174,3364Weinstein Company
6J. Edgar$57,327-45%703-852$82$35,776,2246Warner Bros.
7Dolphin Tale$39,477-32%281-61$140$71,370,33713Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$32,782-37%202-268$162$34,445,8617Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$27,751-43%273-81$102$36,760,4458Fox
10Footloose (2011)$22,325-38%25352$88$51,315,10110Paramount
11Paranormal Activity 3$15,899-46%206-96$77$103,799,3779Paramount
12Courageous$14,346-66%101-90$142$33,528,57412Sony / TriStar
13Margin Call$13,033-47%121-27$108$5,127,7209Roadside Attractions
14Like Crazy$12,424-30%100-62$124$3,305,3828Paramount Vantage
1550/50$9,513-14%111-35$86$34,973,48012Summit
16The Three Musketeers (2011)$8,735-40%123-45$71$20,324,0599Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$56,035-61%1612$3,502$935,5832Focus
2Shame$48,695-50%5130$955$1,279,9903Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$41,297-56%171$2,429$1,368,8174Weinstein Company
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$22,256-24%250$890$482,3044Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$11,666-42%490$238$14,798,61137Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Way$10,830--93-27$116$3,999,39311Producers Distribution Agency
7Moneyball$10,732-44%98-110$110$74,328,09513Sony / Columbia
8The Ides of March$7,518-41%72-115$104$40,575,34211Sony / Columbia
9Drive (2011)$6,673-49%56-14$119$34,733,02614FilmDistrict
10Martha Marcy May Marlene$4,195-48%39-33$108$2,874,4729Fox Searchlight
11The Rum Diary$2,735-26%30-33$91$13,102,7778FilmDistrict
12Pastorela$1,501-63%19-25$79$158,2853Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Cook County$551-73%5--$110$8,1301Hanover House
14Answers to Nothing$20-23%1-6$20$22,0493Roadside Attractions