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 Fri, Feb. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$7,400,854154%2,9580$2,502$69,327,6912Sony / Screen Gems
2Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$6,934,834--3,174--$2,185$6,934,8341Sony / Columbia
3Safe House$6,491,680154%3,1212$2,080$60,761,2952Universal
4This Means War$5,583,770--3,189--$1,751$7,193,5751Fox
5Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$4,455,251289%3,50030$1,273$37,571,5932Warner Bros. / New Line
6Chronicle$2,013,095170%2,556-352$788$45,492,5213Fox
7The Woman in Black$1,943,054215%2,559-297$759$40,553,6723CBS Films
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,905,945166%2,6550$718$27,779,1802Fox
9The Secret World of Arrietty$1,692,721--1,522--$1,112$1,692,7211Disney
10The Grey$777,10185%2,107-694$369$45,670,1604Open Road
11The Descendants$663,728129%1,243-338$534$72,746,49814Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$539,220102%1,634-499$330$14,982,7153Universal
13Red Tails$387,28368%1,009-571$384$46,503,8195Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$554,779139%8080$687$25,653,73813Weinstein Company
2Hugo$339,542138%558-144$608$65,425,66613Paramount
3Underworld Awakening$293,40923%826-831$355$60,537,2105Sony / Screen Gems
4The Iron Lady$253,84892%623111$407$23,613,6348Weinstein Company
5One For the Money$202,275-5%933-1123$217$24,878,4844Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$153,37513%577-798$266$30,156,3529Warner Bros.
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$150,098416%403138$372$184,867,45210Warner Bros.
8Contraband$138,58522%420-661$330$65,364,6056Universal
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$122,37594%275-194$445$206,935,79810Paramount
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$105,239250%400-102$263$129,293,73410Fox
11Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$103,345110%184-48$562$22,306,19211Focus
12Man on a Ledge$90,986-24%401-1022$227$18,136,9164Lionsgate
13The Adventures of Tintin$89,473183%30346$295$76,090,7899Paramount
14The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$80,461--189-80$426$101,100,3329Sony / Columbia
15We Bought a Zoo$76,994189%287-133$268$73,433,6159Fox
16War Horse$72,72846%394-108$185$78,480,6949Disney / DreamWorks
17Joyful Noise$63,52144%340-346$187$30,151,4806Warner Bros.
18Beauty and the Beast 3D$44,835-33%214-464$210$46,792,6616Disney
19Albert Nobbs$44,60034%119-32$375$2,209,1644Roadside Attractions
20My Week with Marilyn$42,21765%120-5$352$13,487,33413Weinstein Company
21Puss in Boots (2011)$36,129123%163-46$222$148,847,10517Paramount / DreamWorks
22Jack and Jill$28,856--134-53$215$73,927,78215Sony / Columbia
23The Darkest Hour$24,6202866%11395$218$21,245,6259Summit
24Happy Feet Two$20,28670%135-67$150$63,749,51014Warner Bros.
25The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$15,11622%148-82$102$281,228,46114Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$60,231167%98-13$615$855,7642UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$36,76077%451$817$16,260,32546Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Shame$17,51152%44-8$398$3,671,13112Fox Searchlight
4Haywire$17,464-21%79-184$221$18,699,2085Relativity Media
5W.E.$13,00391%203$650$166,9333Weinstein Company
6Coriolanus$8,490106%132$653$291,2405Weinstein Company
7Young Adult$7,884212%8752$91$16,274,09511Paramount
8Undefeated$7,549--5--$1,510$7,5491Weinstein Company
9Pariah (2011)$5,11893%130$394$672,3838Focus
10The Devil Inside$4,34435%34-61$128$53,170,7877Paramount
11New Year's Eve$3,993-47%33-122$121$54,529,27611Warner Bros. / New Line
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,73612%8-2$217$279,6059FilmDistrict
13Immortals$1,248-44%29-4$43$83,498,68415Relativity Media
14J. Edgar$871-48%11-31$79$37,301,34315Warner Bros.
15Vettai$57966%1-1$579$200,6426UTV Communications