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 Mon, Aug. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$4,725,498-58%4,242-162$1,114$358,660,5923Warner Bros.
2Total Recall (2012)$3,002,968-58%3,601--$834$28,580,7261Sony / Columbia
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,977,307-47%3,391--$583$16,600,9061Fox
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,268,645-53%3,542-327$358$133,340,5444Fox
5The Watch$972,783-53%3,1680$307$26,513,9012Fox
6Step Up Revolution$929,278-49%2,60639$357$24,653,8892Lionsgate / Summit
7Ted (2012)$816,265-53%2,767-362$295$204,396,1806Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man$685,562-51%2,425-735$283$251,426,2105Sony / Columbia
9Brave$509,748-49%2,110-441$242$223,930,0027Disney
10Magic Mike$221,180-44%1,202-873$184$111,149,8576Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$167,431-56%687-166$244$40,946,55811Focus
2Savages$144,320-57%704-710$205$46,222,9655Universal
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$140,120-61%318110$441$6,023,6806Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$101,761-50%504-304$202$210,954,1039Paramount / DreamWorks
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$84,982-55%737-374$115$64,227,2356Lionsgate
6The Intouchables$68,701-62%1940$354$8,717,49211Weinstein Company
7The Hunger Games$66,226-48%291-19$228$406,763,45020Lionsgate
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$49,730-53%230-46$216$45,063,78514Fox Searchlight
9Snow White and the Huntsman$49,440-48%309-46$160$153,879,39510Universal
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$43,310-34%277-329$156$24,832,4075Paramount
11Prometheus$26,779-52%198-31$135$125,853,7219Fox
12Safety Not Guaranteed$21,026-57%121-28$174$3,485,5779FilmDistrict
13Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$18,991-57%165-32$115$37,033,0667Fox
14Dark Shadows$16,575-51%132-90$126$79,644,59913Warner Bros.
15Rock of Ages$9,921-47%145-157$68$38,462,2548Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$51,403-28%520$989$6,907,00416Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$45,955-61%6451$718$684,6382Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$15,061-20%330$456$20,355,01270Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Soldiers of Fortune$3,776-55%50--$76$28,7541Roadside Attractions
5For Greater Glory$2,503-60%34-55$74$5,656,66810ARC Entertainment
6Easy Money (2012)$2,303-66%61$384$116,5374Weinstein Company
7A Cat In Paris$1,726-54%142$123$275,81410GKIDS
8Mirror Mirror$814-63%39-17$21$64,891,40919Relativity Media