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 Wed, Jan. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,366,469-20%3,555100$384$173,925,4674Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,102,268-18%3,603-100$306$160,547,4494Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,080,529-14%2,95036$366$80,178,3003Sony / Columbia
4The Devil Inside$951,368-32%2,285--$416$37,483,8331Paramount
5War Horse$849,358-14%2,783236$305$59,411,3693Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$507,334-21%3,1707$160$58,011,4113Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$389,672-28%3,006-81$130$63,336,6483Paramount
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$312,529-23%3,425-299$91$112,676,1084Fox
9New Year's Eve$191,488-18%1,864-361$103$52,467,0335Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$181,470-16%2,163-164$84$19,275,0173Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$112,652-11%1,058-353$106$278,762,4298Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$68,163-4%1,236-305$55$85,768,6067Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$466,313-8%809752$576$11,505,1165Focus
2The Descendants$292,764-2%737-21$397$44,744,8648Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$135,6650%1725$789$7,471,2977Weinstein Company
4Young Adult$133,887-12%830-157$161$15,147,3135Paramount
5Hugo$120,426-8%843-108$143$52,989,0787Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$111,563-6%584-46$191$10,771,3227Weinstein Company
7The Sitter$97,943-17%758-590$129$29,038,9605Fox
8Puss in Boots (2011)$32,283-17%351-38$92$146,703,51011Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$23,665-16%29542$80$77,273,71010Universal
10J. Edgar$16,1794%152-303$106$36,905,4669Warner Bros.
11Happy Feet Two$15,110-7%285-240$53$61,401,3008Warner Bros.
12In Time$11,501-6%1329$87$37,272,67911Fox
13Immortals$10,302-16%128-100$80$82,884,6039Relativity Media
14Arthur Christmas$6,33737%280-1063$23$46,457,9577Sony / Columbia
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$6,174-21%125-120$49$35,054,63110Warner Bros. / New Line
16Dolphin Tale$5,301-19%149-39$36$72,182,85816Warner Bros.
17Footloose (2011)$5,134-21%131-51$39$51,796,76813Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$27,054-24%45-10$601$2,453,9206Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$17,4237%51$3,485$569,5402Weinstein Company
3Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$11,590-4%60$1,932$532,4083Warner Bros.
4Pariah (2011)$10,220-7%117$929$262,3262Focus
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,472-21%45-4$210$15,360,97540Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$6,573-8%305$219$34,930,42717FilmDistrict
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,968-4%75$567$102,4573FilmDistrict
8Margin Call$2,307-30%301$77$5,308,86812Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$2,12110%15-15$141$3,393,23911Paramount Vantage
10Inni$390141%1--$390$122,69911Cinema Purgatorio