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 Tue, Jan. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,701,31632%3,555100$479$172,558,9984Paramount
2The Devil Inside$1,403,6071%2,285--$614$36,532,4651Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,343,45828%3,603-100$373$159,445,1814Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,254,97533%2,95036$425$79,097,7713Sony / Columbia
5War Horse$983,96846%2,783236$354$58,562,0113Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$640,93138%3,1707$202$57,504,0773Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$538,59435%3,006-81$179$62,946,9763Paramount
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$403,2968%3,425-299$118$112,363,5794Fox
9New Year's Eve$233,22334%1,864-361$125$52,275,5455Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$216,58216%2,163-164$100$19,093,5473Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$125,92316%1,058-353$119$278,649,7778Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$70,7373%1,236-305$57$85,700,4437Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$507,37926%809752$627$11,038,8035Focus
2The Descendants$299,63556%737-21$407$44,452,1008Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$151,36733%830-157$182$15,013,4265Paramount
4The Artist$135,41032%1725$787$7,335,6327Weinstein Company
5Hugo$130,92223%843-108$155$52,868,6527Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$118,46043%584-46$203$10,659,7597Weinstein Company
7The Sitter$118,38319%758-590$156$28,941,0175Fox
8Puss in Boots (2011)$38,69210%351-38$110$146,671,22711Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$28,02519%29542$95$77,250,04510Universal
10Happy Feet Two$16,23422%285-240$57$61,386,1908Warner Bros.
11J. Edgar$15,55735%152-303$102$36,889,2879Warner Bros.
12Immortals$12,31822%128-100$96$82,874,3019Relativity Media
13In Time$12,28216%1329$93$37,261,17811Fox
14A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$7,81514%125-120$63$35,048,45710Warner Bros. / New Line
15Dolphin Tale$6,54426%149-39$44$72,177,55716Warner Bros.
16Footloose (2011)$6,48040%131-51$49$51,791,63413Paramount
17Arthur Christmas$4,625-29%280-1063$17$46,451,6207Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$35,44343%45-10$788$2,426,8666Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$16,2487%51$3,250$552,1172Weinstein Company
3Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$12,08020%60$2,013$520,8183Warner Bros.
4Born to Be Wild 3D$11,919-2%45-4$265$15,351,50340Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Pariah (2011)$10,97142%117$997$252,1062Focus
6Drive (2011)$7,13839%305$238$34,923,85417FilmDistrict
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,11411%75$588$98,4893FilmDistrict
8Margin Call$3,31131%301$110$5,306,56112Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$1,92696%15-15$128$3,391,11811Paramount Vantage
10Inni$16218%10$162$122,30911Cinema Purgatorio