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, May. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$17,677,190-6%4,349--$4,065$244,014,8971Disney
2Think Like a Man$709,3589%2,010-5$353$74,498,6413Sony / Screen Gems
3The Five-Year Engagement$676,43044%2,9415$230$20,280,0052Universal
4The Lucky One (2012)$588,36540%3,005-170$196$48,782,4273Warner Bros.
5The Hunger Games$535,33126%2,794-778$192$381,574,6507Lionsgate
6Safe (2012)$377,15542%2,2715$166$13,723,0012Lionsgate
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$357,25631%3,3580$106$19,295,1182Sony / Columbia
8The Raven$343,94430%2,2096$156$12,784,2282Relativity Media
9Chimpanzee$248,08030%1,531-36$162$23,540,2113Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$209,99518%1,669-970$126$38,406,4744Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$138,94135%1,040-780$134$134,257,3878Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$122,65530%2,174-931$56$39,885,7044Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$102,72050%856-1298$120$55,472,2805Universal
2Mirror Mirror$62,96234%922-1095$68$60,284,4836Relativity Media
3Bully (2012)$51,99723%2630$198$2,632,1206Weinstein Company
4Titanic 3D$44,66721%333-1076$134$57,372,2235Paramount
5Wrath of the Titans$42,82625%715-857$60$81,696,9196Warner Bros.
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$33,8658%521-362$65$209,099,99010Universal
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$33,47325%247-88$136$8,285,5569CBS Films
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$20,95222%303-98$69$102,311,23813Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lockout$15,5917%311-948$50$13,924,6004Open Road
10Safe House$11,37518%175-54$65$126,041,90013Universal
11Act of Valor$10,27318%193-92$53$69,843,76511Relativity Media
12This Means War$9,26914%171-61$54$54,501,36312Fox
13A Thousand Words$7,92616%140-29$57$18,200,5519Paramount
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$7,71827%143104$54$34,951,84011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$86,84110%27--$3,216$902,6231Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$44,03029%500$881$1,103,2863Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$17,29340%340$509$18,671,14257Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sound of My Voice$7,05428%2823$252$116,1232Fox Searchlight
5Casa de mi Padre$4,1278%6832$61$5,857,1638Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Chronicle$3,60617%78-43$46$64,479,64414Fox
7Project X (2012)$3,588-4%72-83$50$54,704,94610Warner Bros.
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$3,43926%47-32$73$4,196,8838Paramount Vantage
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,68221%30-37$89$1,142,0694Code Black Entertainment
10Friends With Kids$2,42440%34-19$71$7,189,4929Roadside Attractions
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,0555%75-36$27$133,034,46521Fox
12The Artist$1,82616%41-9$45$44,246,26124Weinstein Company
13Coriolanus$1,488-5%184$83$730,72916Weinstein Company
14Blue Like Jazz$1,43550%20-26$72$580,4854Roadside Attractions
15Undefeated$958-14%13-7$74$533,17012Weinstein Company
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$8261%17-10$49$43,447,73113Fox
17W.E.$489100%6-4$82$582,80814Weinstein Company
18Touchback$486-9%12-16$41$198,2414Anchor Bay Films
19Red Tails$38434%12-11$32$49,859,07716Fox
20Albert Nobbs$2054%5-11$4$3,013,84515Roadside Attractions