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, Jan. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$2,110,492-63%3,078--$686$27,417,2171Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$1,345,587-68%2,512--$536$20,127,7411Fox
3Contraband$1,018,850-60%2,8707$355$46,956,3752Universal
4Haywire$728,968-58%2,439--$299$9,154,3381Relativity Media
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$694,213-67%2,6302624$264$11,431,4525Warner Bros.
6Beauty and the Beast 3D$595,377-77%2,6250$227$34,183,4332Disney
7Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$436,690-62%2,519-827$173$197,800,1316Paramount
8Joyful Noise$408,418-71%2,7350$149$22,153,8372Warner Bros.
9The Iron Lady$367,581-60%1,076274$342$12,953,5394Weinstein Company
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$346,085-63%2,485-670$139$178,667,8116Warner Bros.
11The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$330,701-57%1,907-767$173$94,884,2835Sony / Columbia
12War Horse$281,333-61%2,525-331$111$72,566,5135Disney / DreamWorks
13The Devil Inside$195,101-65%2,207-344$88$51,485,0733Paramount
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$193,834-80%2,070-779$94$124,876,0396Fox
15We Bought a Zoo$188,465-73%2,065-844$91$69,753,4905Fox
16The Adventures of Tintin$170,510-75%1,340-733$127$72,491,5165Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$246,040-59%662446$372$12,365,7589Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$193,349-63%560-100$345$51,453,00710Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$154,598-59%731-155$211$18,483,5757Focus
4Hugo$78,551-72%650105$121$55,965,9539Paramount
5My Week with Marilyn$32,865-62%225-175$146$12,099,3269Weinstein Company
6Happy Feet Two$26,840-79%331-34$81$62,624,20210Warner Bros.
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$25,981-66%370-338$70$280,288,43810Lionsgate / Summit
8Puss in Boots (2011)$22,702-77%292-24$78$147,744,77713Paramount / DreamWorks
9Immortals$14,502-54%169-18$86$83,285,09711Relativity Media
10The Sitter$14,076-59%191-258$74$30,035,3877Fox
11The Darkest Hour$13,405-68%301-881$45$21,088,0325Summit
12Young Adult$13,246-59%150-237$88$16,088,6947Paramount
13Tower Heist$13,195-65%220-40$60$77,834,49012Universal
14New Year's Eve$9,486-67%265-827$36$54,194,9597Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$30,708-54%9554$323$3,013,9068Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$15,528-53%450$345$15,678,10242Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$7,525-54%9--$836$68,6611Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$6,737-64%21-3$321$504,3164Focus
5In Time$4,887-62%97-9$50$37,459,73113Fox
6Margin Call$3,70717%14-6$265$5,347,81114Roadside Attractions
7J. Edgar$3,606-52%46-36$78$37,040,52111Warner Bros.
8Drive (2011)$3,076-49%331$93$35,013,54019FilmDistrict
9In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,937-62%14-4$210$204,1625FilmDistrict
10Dolphin Tale$2,202-68%63-28$35$72,281,89218Warner Bros.
11Vettai$1,667-83%21-13$79$150,6052UTV Communications