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 Thu, Jan. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$1,537,9780%3,078--$500$32,625,6131Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$991,9052%2,512--$395$23,379,7951Fox
3Contraband$889,7752%2,8707$310$49,869,5002Universal
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$767,3770%2,6302624$292$13,961,2545Warner Bros.
5Haywire$617,096-2%2,439--$253$11,279,2021Relativity Media
6Beauty and the Beast 3D$522,8088%2,6250$199$35,802,3312Disney
7Joyful Noise$431,21912%2,7350$158$23,487,5102Warner Bros.
8The Iron Lady$424,003-1%1,076274$394$14,314,4824Weinstein Company
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$421,2607%2,519-827$167$199,091,3256Paramount
10The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$363,8224%1,907-767$191$95,995,1135Sony / Columbia
11Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$358,4708%2,485-670$144$179,738,9166Warner Bros.
12War Horse$347,0037%2,525-331$137$73,615,3915Disney / DreamWorks
13The Devil Inside$182,3923%2,207-344$83$52,047,7523Paramount
14We Bought a Zoo$160,4277%2,065-844$78$70,237,5315Fox
15The Adventures of Tintin$138,17612%1,340-733$103$72,924,7415Paramount
16Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$126,6604%2,070-779$61$125,259,3226Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$360,8632%662446$545$13,429,0989Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$286,2586%560-100$511$52,298,01410Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$189,0494%731-155$259$19,065,1417Focus
4Hugo$156,8550%650105$241$56,415,5829Paramount
5Agneepath$72,632--132--$550$72,6320Eros International
6My Week with Marilyn$54,2936%225-175$241$12,257,3529Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$28,8706%370-338$78$280,371,42410Lionsgate / Summit
8Happy Feet Two$24,0897%331-34$73$62,696,83410Warner Bros.
9Puss in Boots (2011)$19,7332%292-24$68$147,805,15513Paramount / DreamWorks
10Young Adult$15,854-6%150-237$106$16,136,2057Paramount
11Tower Heist$15,3507%220-40$70$77,879,52012Universal
12The Sitter$14,4033%191-258$75$30,078,0677Fox
13Immortals$14,12711%169-18$84$83,326,84311Relativity Media
14The Darkest Hour$13,3930%301-881$44$21,128,4815Summit
15New Year's Eve$10,4733%265-827$40$54,227,4107Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$32,7696%9554$345$3,113,2258Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$20,04230%450$445$15,727,43042Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$7,6695%9--$852$92,2511Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$7,65010%21-3$364$526,0094Focus
5In Time$6,15916%97-9$63$37,476,37713Fox
6J. Edgar$3,90517%4638$85$37,052,52511Warner Bros.
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,61619%14-4$258$213,5955FilmDistrict
8Drive (2011)$3,254-11%331$99$35,023,78819FilmDistrict
9Dolphin Tale$1,80135%63-28$29$72,286,77918Warner Bros.
10Vettai$1,79726%21-13$86$159,2292UTV Communications
11Margin Call$1,182-14%14-6$84$5,350,89914Roadside Attractions