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. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$1,451,030-71%3,185--$456$21,116,1311Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$941,104-73%3,0780$306$45,919,5192Sony / Screen Gems
3One For the Money$692,438-74%2,737--$253$12,208,2281Lionsgate
4Red Tails$637,514-77%2,57361$248$34,387,6322Fox
5Man on a Ledge$535,074-73%2,998--$178$8,537,0061Lionsgate
6Contraband$490,250-72%2,650-220$185$57,064,1103Universal
7The Descendants$483,373-72%2,0011441$242$59,186,67211Fox Searchlight
8Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$438,207-75%2,6300$167$21,379,9096Warner Bros.
9Haywire$314,971-70%2,4412$129$15,596,9332Relativity Media
10Beauty and the Beast 3D$307,836-81%2,145-480$144$41,417,9743Disney
11The Iron Lady$267,557-69%1,244168$215$17,786,6805Weinstein Company
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$225,531-74%1,654-865$136$202,790,7347Paramount
13Joyful Noise$191,303-76%2,021-714$95$26,867,2063Warner Bros.
14The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$164,731-71%1,202-705$137$98,350,1346Sony / Columbia
15War Horse$161,404-70%1,861-664$87$75,780,0566Disney / DreamWorks
16Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$160,168-73%1,530-955$105$182,371,2257Warner Bros.
17Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$70,192-88%1,070-1000$66$127,111,6997Fox
18We Bought a Zoo$66,928-84%1,089-976$61$71,772,8066Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$286,508-69%897235$319$17,030,69510Weinstein Company
2Hugo$183,009-81%965315$190$59,108,86610Paramount
3The Adventures of Tintin$86,057-81%702-638$123$74,354,3346Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$78,153-74%410-321$191$20,243,2218Focus
5Albert Nobbs$67,429-66%245--$275$813,7681Roadside Attractions
6The Devil Inside$49,560-64%722-1485$69$52,739,6964Paramount
7My Week with Marilyn$31,136-68%186-39$167$12,627,04110Weinstein Company
8Happy Feet Two$20,593-84%309-22$67$63,109,31311Warner Bros.
9Puss in Boots (2011)$16,373-84%270-22$61$148,156,18114Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$13,580-68%191-179$71$280,549,71511Lionsgate / Summit
11J. Edgar$13,122-55%208162$63$37,174,51712Warner Bros.
12The Sitter$11,482-67%145-46$79$30,212,4478Fox
13Tower Heist$8,710-71%174-46$50$78,017,86513Universal
14Immortals$6,808-67%117-52$58$83,403,39112Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$16,780-65%80-15$210$3,298,4939Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,144-61%450$292$15,856,80243Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Young Adult$4,830-66%87-63$56$16,198,1928Paramount
4Coriolanus$4,822-68%123$402$147,7092Weinstein Company
5Pariah (2011)$3,795-71%14-7$271$574,2155Focus
6The Darkest Hour$2,752-72%87-214$32$21,174,0006Summit
7In Time$2,731-64%58-39$47$37,511,58414Fox
8New Year's Eve$2,591-64%62-203$42$54,263,0148Warner Bros. / New Line
9Drive (2011)$1,294-64%23-10$56$35,038,47920FilmDistrict
10In the Land of Blood and Honey$917-76%11-3$83$226,9616FilmDistrict