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. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$2,623,742-5%2,015--$1,302$39,022,6721Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$1,868,35529%3,155--$592$25,835,1661Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$1,143,34913%3,752-164$305$359,219,0195Lionsgate
4The Cabin in the Woods$870,70120%2,8110$310$28,839,9772Lionsgate
5Chimpanzee$821,5029%1,563--$526$12,247,4031Disneynature
6American Reunion$636,93031%3,033-170$210$49,640,2803Universal
7The Three Stooges$549,34320%3,4825$158$30,926,1612Fox
821 Jump Street$492,04621%2,427-308$203$128,114,4346Sony / Columbia
9Titanic 3D$431,61818%2,515-182$172$53,658,9503Paramount
10Wrath of the Titans$372,23917%2,502-600$149$77,924,3864Warner Bros.
11Lockout$350,74523%2,33527$150$11,854,5662Open Road
12Mirror Mirror$326,70128%2,938-268$111$56,082,2294Relativity Media
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$118,7257%1,583-529$75$207,382,5758Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$71,66826%44611$161$7,205,9347CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$69,32035%263105$264$1,658,2134Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$38,94031%444-58$88$101,307,65311Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$22,57515%301-70$75$125,649,42011Universal
5Project X (2012)$17,91115%258113$69$54,527,4158Warner Bros.
6This Means War$17,50224%29310$60$54,142,61710Fox
7Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$16,2565%1064$153$968,3152Code Black Entertainment
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$14,64530%122-61$120$4,055,5816Paramount Vantage
9Act of Valor$13,36316%229-123$58$69,497,3949Relativity Media
10The Iron Lady$12,11942%102-44$119$29,980,10117Weinstein Company
11Blue Like Jazz$11,3728%126-10$90$489,9772Roadside Attractions
12Chronicle$8,5735%137-28$63$64,323,54312Fox
13A Thousand Words$5,01519%168-109$30$17,946,1257Paramount
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,492-1%135-18$33$132,932,54919Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$40,28619%50--$806$344,2471Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$21,95860%32-8$686$18,366,45655Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Friends With Kids$10,34053%83-30$125$7,107,0757Roadside Attractions
4The Artist$7,69333%86-35$89$44,167,98722Weinstein Company
5Silent House (2012)$4,20134%590$71$12,733,8997Open Road
6Casa de mi Padre$4,014-2%58-63$69$5,783,0526Lionsgate / Pantelion
7The Woman in Black$3,71411%90-32$41$54,286,75612CBS Films
8Touchback$3,541-13%6919$51$149,0892Anchor Bay Films
9We Bought a Zoo$3,015-1%66-17$46$75,554,29218Fox
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,72947%32-1$85$43,406,68311Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$2,1136%81-44$26$34,857,6099Lionsgate
12Red Tails$2,06443%39-4$53$49,829,23114Fox
13W.E.$1,51246%15-2$101$567,23412Weinstein Company
14Coriolanus$1,308-8%14-4$93$688,88114Weinstein Company
15Albert Nobbs$1,02383%153$68$2,999,81813Roadside Attractions
16Undefeated$7862%170$46$506,50610Weinstein Company