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, Apr. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$12,799,832100%4,1370$3,094$282,138,9973Lionsgate
2American Reunion$9,272,760--3,192--$2,905$9,272,7601Universal
3Titanic 3D$7,120,87595%2,674--$2,663$15,481,3571Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$5,403,236103%3,5450$1,524$49,285,3272Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$4,607,739112%3,61815$1,274$30,285,8412Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$3,631,87481%3,009-139$1,207$103,044,2564Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$2,252,25098%3,003-261$750$195,426,6006Universal
8John Carter$292,73219%1,015-1382$288$67,446,0795Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$323,032153%52441$616$3,987,0335CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$221,39587%651-257$340$99,070,0719Warner Bros. / New Line
3Safe House$216,900158%482-247$450$124,387,0529Universal
4Act of Valor$187,96828%708-531$265$68,421,1757Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$173,46335%507-500$342$17,117,3425Paramount
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$134,94774%447-66$302$3,116,8174Paramount Vantage
7Project X (2012)$121,93017%444-459$275$53,856,7086Warner Bros.
8The Vow$112,438133%479-35$235$123,741,4199Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$92,472108%321-254$288$53,332,6208Fox
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$80,997--277-103$292$50,973,4308Sony / Columbia
11Casa de mi Padre$80,11242%283-156$283$5,309,0974Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Friends With Kids$79,56570%207-101$384$6,582,6245Roadside Attractions
13The Artist$58,03784%222-93$261$43,724,52720Weinstein Company
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$56,83933%195-27$291$132,572,77417Fox
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$54,52091%204-117$267$34,559,9347Lionsgate
16Chronicle$43,086113%162-36$266$63,873,73910Fox
17Silent House (2012)$41,76893%214-111$195$12,481,8515Open Road
18The Iron Lady$41,25847%236-48$175$29,563,26315Weinstein Company
19The Woman in Black$40,374124%159-20$254$54,045,97710CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$28,73275%102-48$282$209,323,49417Paramount
21Hugo$25,64154%101-73$254$73,777,32420Paramount
22Gone$22,005506%12160$182$11,618,7047Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$43,28516%400$1,082$17,831,80753Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$26,96576%61$4,494$187,3752Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$23,98021%99-37$242$75,373,56716Fox
4The Descendants$16,90756%78-40$217$82,493,47221Fox Searchlight
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$14,360561%4515$319$43,297,4309Fox
6Red Tails$9,67832%55-46$176$49,743,92212Fox
7Being Flynn$9,019134%33-7$273$504,3226Focus
8The Grey$8,623-12%67-137$129$51,515,66211Open Road
9Undefeated$7,95570%15-1$530$444,7818Weinstein Company
10Coriolanus$7,720187%171$454$616,91912Weinstein Company
11One For the Money$5,8686%49-53$120$26,394,65711Lionsgate
12W.E.$5,62061%210$268$507,39510Weinstein Company
13Albert Nobbs$4,064139%301$135$2,954,57011Roadside Attractions