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. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$2,131,0641%3,078--$692$29,548,2811Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$1,287,922-4%2,512--$513$21,415,6631Fox
3Contraband$1,148,00013%2,8707$400$48,104,3752Universal
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$994,25143%2,6302624$378$12,425,7035Warner Bros.
5Haywire$878,31320%2,439--$360$10,032,6511Relativity Media
6Beauty and the Beast 3D$610,2222%2,6250$232$34,793,6552Disney
7Joyful Noise$518,17327%2,7350$189$22,672,0102Warner Bros.
8The Iron Lady$507,73438%1,076274$472$13,461,2734Weinstein Company
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$474,5119%2,519-827$188$198,274,6426Paramount
10The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$397,12620%1,907-767$208$95,281,4095Sony / Columbia
11Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$381,22510%2,485-670$153$179,049,0366Warner Bros.
12War Horse$376,83734%2,525-331$149$72,943,3505Disney / DreamWorks
13The Devil Inside$203,9175%2,207-344$92$51,688,9903Paramount
14We Bought a Zoo$174,233-8%2,065-844$84$69,927,7235Fox
15The Adventures of Tintin$171,1490%1,340-733$128$72,662,6655Paramount
16Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$135,411-30%2,070-779$65$125,011,4506Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$347,25641%662446$525$12,713,0149Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$287,69149%560-100$514$51,740,69810Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$211,53037%731-155$289$18,695,1057Focus
4Hugo$135,51073%650105$208$56,101,4639Paramount
5My Week with Marilyn$52,47160%225-175$233$12,151,7979Weinstein Company
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$26,8233%370-338$72$280,315,26110Lionsgate / Summit
7Happy Feet Two$26,098-3%331-34$79$62,650,30010Warner Bros.
8Puss in Boots (2011)$21,344-6%292-24$73$147,766,12113Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$15,39517%220-40$70$77,849,88512Universal
10Immortals$14,9033%169-18$88$83,300,00011Relativity Media
11Young Adult$14,80012%150-237$99$16,103,4947Paramount
12The Sitter$14,2441%191-258$75$30,049,6317Fox
13The Darkest Hour$13,7222%301-881$46$21,101,7545Summit
14New Year's Eve$11,81625%265-827$45$54,206,7757Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$35,70216%9554$376$3,049,6088Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,873-11%450$308$15,691,97542Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$8,61715%9--$957$77,2781Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$7,1015%21-3$338$511,4174Focus
5Vettai$5,402224%21-13$257$156,0072UTV Communications
6In Time$5,1766%97-9$53$37,464,90713Fox
7J. Edgar$4,74832%46-36$103$37,045,26911Warner Bros.
8Drive (2011)$3,3328%331$101$35,016,87219FilmDistrict
9In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,773-6%14-4$198$206,9355FilmDistrict
10Dolphin Tale$1,756-20%63-28$28$72,283,64818Warner Bros.
11Margin Call$535-86%14-6$38$5,348,34614Roadside Attractions