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, Apr. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,565,93512%3,916-221$400$339,629,2534Lionsgate
2The Cabin in the Woods$1,306,94710%2,811--$465$17,243,5291Lionsgate
3American Reunion$1,008,94521%3,20311$315$41,554,3652Universal
4The Three Stooges$942,86717%3,477--$271$18,755,6851Fox
5Titanic 3D$893,18712%2,69723$331$46,417,9402Paramount
621 Jump Street$612,50218%2,735-274$224$121,453,2715Sony / Columbia
7Wrath of the Titans$581,26712%3,102-443$187$72,352,3593Warner Bros.
8Lockout$512,31412%2,308--$222$7,202,6081Open Road
9Mirror Mirror$502,71325%3,206-412$157$50,221,0713Relativity Media
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$190,0806%2,112-891$90$204,883,5157Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$82,87322%435-89$191$6,215,5296CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$55,75024%158152$353$915,2943Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$49,43514%502-149$98$100,556,21810Warner Bros. / New Line
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$34,689-17%102--$340$718,1971Code Black Entertainment
5John Carter$33,06823%446-569$74$68,807,7556Disney
6Safe House$29,68033%371-111$80$125,328,69510Universal
7Jeff Who Lives at Home$21,63017%183-264$118$3,863,0475Paramount Vantage
8Act of Valor$20,5515%352-356$58$69,297,5768Relativity Media
9This Means War$19,89735%283-38$70$53,865,4709Fox
10Blue Like Jazz$16,719-9%136--$123$296,3111Roadside Attractions
11Friends With Kids$15,25967%113-94$135$6,994,5816Roadside Attractions
12The Iron Lady$14,21347%146-90$97$29,861,20116Weinstein Company
13The Artist$13,88237%121-101$115$44,072,62121Weinstein Company
14A Thousand Words$12,70113%277-230$46$17,851,5936Paramount
15Project X (2012)$11,53837%145-299$80$54,351,2077Warner Bros.
16Chronicle$9,9885%1653$61$64,185,47811Fox
17Casa de mi Padre$7,729-7%121-162$64$5,719,1805Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,39324%153-42$42$132,840,93418Fox
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$5,4936%125-79$44$34,808,7348Lionsgate
20The Woman in Black$5,1142%122-37$42$54,222,76311CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$26,01493%400$650$18,188,40254Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Silent House (2012)$4,90711%59-155$83$12,675,8066Open Road
3Touchback$4,3870%50--$88$75,7831Anchor Bay Films
4We Bought a Zoo$4,14844%83-16$50$75,505,13317Fox
5The Descendants$3,304-11%41-37$81$82,577,67622Fox Searchlight
6The Grey$2,58458%13-54$199$51,576,06712Open Road
7Coriolanus$2,327-5%181$129$670,44313Weinstein Company
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,2998%33-12$70$43,373,90910Fox
9W.E.$2,15113%17-4$127$550,27511Weinstein Company
10Red Tails$2,096-6%43-12$49$49,802,52513Fox
11Albert Nobbs$1,752-79%12-18$146$2,990,13612Roadside Attractions
12Undefeated$1,324-11%172$78$490,5689Weinstein Company