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, Aug. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$4,673,412-1%4,242-162$1,102$363,334,0043Warner Bros.
2Total Recall (2012)$3,182,5786%3,601--$884$31,763,3041Sony / Columbia
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,291,20516%3,391--$676$18,892,1111Fox
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,484,17717%3,542-327$419$134,824,7214Fox
5Step Up Revolution$1,106,69119%2,60639$425$25,760,5802Lionsgate / Summit
6The Watch$1,092,93712%3,1680$345$27,606,8382Fox
7Ted (2012)$871,6057%2,767-362$315$205,267,7856Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man$762,00911%2,425-735$314$252,188,2195Sony / Columbia
9Brave$546,1257%2,110-441$259$224,476,1277Disney
10Magic Mike$276,08625%1,202-873$230$111,425,9436Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$184,12810%687-166$268$41,130,68611Focus
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$152,7259%318110$480$6,176,4056Fox Searchlight
3Savages$151,3605%704-710$215$46,374,3255Universal
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$115,04313%504-304$228$211,069,1469Paramount / DreamWorks
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$93,81510%737-374$127$64,321,0506Lionsgate
6The Intouchables$77,25712%1940$398$8,794,74911Weinstein Company
7The Hunger Games$69,5785%291-19$239$406,833,02820Lionsgate
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$55,75412%230-46$242$45,119,53914Fox Searchlight
9Snow White and the Huntsman$52,5306%309-46$170$153,931,92510Universal
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$43,1110%277-329$156$24,875,5185Paramount
11Prometheus$31,36617%198-31$158$125,885,0879Fox
12Safety Not Guaranteed$20,553-2%121-28$170$3,506,1309FilmDistrict
13Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$19,8525%165-32$120$37,052,9187Fox
14Dark Shadows$17,4015%132-90$132$79,662,00013Warner Bros.
15Rock of Ages$9,125-8%145-157$63$38,471,3798Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$56,69410%520$1,090$6,963,69816Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$45,236-2%6451$707$729,8742Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$16,65911%330$505$20,371,67170Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Mirror Mirror$13,5291562%39-17$347$64,904,93819Relativity Media
5Soldiers of Fortune$3,8933%50--$78$32,6471Roadside Attractions
6For Greater Glory$3,45438%34-55$102$5,660,12210ARC Entertainment
7Easy Money (2012)$2,92627%61$488$119,4634Weinstein Company
8A Cat In Paris$1,8618%142$133$277,67510GKIDS