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. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$3,230,64516%3,316--$974$34,614,1441Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$2,007,85518%3,7538$535$73,333,9352Universal
3ParaNorman$1,747,37420%3,429--$510$17,290,2921Focus
4The Campaign$1,709,46512%3,25550$525$54,676,8772Warner Bros.
5The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,511,03018%2,598--$582$17,888,5021Disney
6The Dark Knight Rises$1,503,2959%3,157-533$476$412,665,0205Warner Bros.
7Hope Springs (2012)$1,227,39734%2,3610$520$37,206,1112Sony / Columbia
8Sparkle (2012)$946,8268%2,244--$422$13,464,9801Sony / TriStar
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$605,09518%2,737-664$221$39,865,8993Fox
10Total Recall (2012)$508,74024%2,434-1167$209$52,673,2053Sony / Columbia
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$497,11428%2,274-829$219$151,078,6506Fox
12Ted (2012)$216,2659%1,169-1039$185$213,479,4008Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Step Up Revolution$145,26137%905-993$161$33,027,7984Lionsgate / Summit
2The Amazing Spider-Man$134,17530%598-987$224$257,672,4487Sony / Columbia
3Brave$128,72512%641-618$201$229,365,1939Disney
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$124,10931%406100$306$212,903,36011Paramount / DreamWorks
5Moonrise Kingdom$75,5265%282-165$268$43,113,78913Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$74,1479%236-50$314$8,252,8998Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$58,57727%1940$302$9,989,76113Weinstein Company
8The Watch$56,49314%513-1950$110$33,168,6754Fox
9Ruby Sparks$43,71826%218-43$201$1,874,9724Fox Searchlight
10Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$43,335-4%424-376$102$3,166,2842ARC Entertainment
11Magic Mike$42,08828%255-195$165$112,795,0958Warner Bros.
12Snow White and the Huntsman$26,84010%244-29$110$154,711,90512Universal
13The Hunger Games$21,6325%230-30$94$407,730,51722Lionsgate
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$19,36034%128-56$151$45,626,08316Fox Searchlight
15Savages$16,99510%154-164$110$47,090,3257Universal
16Prometheus$12,03620%101-40$119$126,217,41611Fox
17Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$11,64732%199-165$59$64,978,8728Lionsgate
18Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$10,9825%140-62$78$25,262,3837Paramount
19Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$9,8039%105-25$93$37,325,9169Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$41,5131%520$798$7,739,02818Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,5207%330$379$20,604,63472Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cosmopolis$6,922-7%3--$2,307$281,3001Entertainment One Films
4Safety Not Guaranteed$5,95836%54-19$110$3,693,94011FilmDistrict
5Easy Money (2012)$1,58810%5-2$318$168,8186Weinstein Company
6A Cat In Paris$88570%7-5$126$295,79112GKIDS