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, Sep. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Retribution$1,682,409-67%3,012--$559$22,734,6361Sony / Screen Gems
2Finding Nemo 3D$1,217,646-74%2,904--$419$17,905,4191Disney
3Lawless$442,012-61%3,063-75$144$30,712,1433Weinstein Company
4The Possession$430,346-67%2,86026$150$41,563,8363Lionsgate
5The Expendables 2$279,004-66%2,896-364$96$80,684,9845Lionsgate
6ParaNorman$267,456-72%2,326-530$115$49,656,6435Focus
7The Bourne Legacy$249,550-63%2,170-596$115$108,043,6856Universal
8The Words$249,345-62%2,8010$89$9,390,5032CBS Films
9The Campaign$221,115-60%2,002-540$110$83,091,4346Warner Bros.
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$212,187-70%2,415-302$88$46,584,4715Disney
11The Dark Knight Rises$206,366-62%1,581-406$131$441,259,4449Warner Bros.
12Hope Springs (2012)$176,285-59%1,946-491$91$60,651,5666Sony / Columbia
13Premium Rush$113,815-64%1,339-843$85$18,948,5974Sony / Columbia
14The Cold Light of Day$83,339-60%1,5110$55$3,362,8892Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Arbitrage$173,999-65%197--$883$2,176,1641Roadside Attractions
2Barfi!$66,959-80%132--$507$1,128,6721UTV Communications
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$40,809-74%591-340$69$47,382,9397Fox
4Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$39,684-64%32255$123$2,865,1462Paramount
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$38,147-78%541-222$71$157,931,81010Fox
6Ted (2012)$36,990-57%411-104$90$217,468,87012Universal
7Hit and Run$35,322-58%651-1159$54$13,357,1384Open Road
8For A Good Time, Call...$30,384-58%10751$284$845,8573Focus
9Moonrise Kingdom$28,091-40%157-43$179$44,959,66017Focus
10Beasts of the Southern Wild$27,555-56%212-57$130$10,688,53912Fox Searchlight
11The Intouchables$27,395-54%180-14$152$11,968,31717Weinstein Company
12Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$18,519-78%306-39$61$215,622,76215Paramount / DreamWorks
13Step Up Revolution$15,825-75%26870$59$34,769,4138Lionsgate / Summit
14The Watch$9,713-62%1383$70$34,149,8288Fox
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$7,223-73%160-7$45$65,630,35112Lionsgate
16Magic Mike$5,227-51%115-87$45$113,670,25812Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$103,650-55%5--$20,730$839,9611Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$12,337-51%520$237$8,538,96522Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$7,990-52%80-34$100$46,193,48820Fox Searchlight
4Ruby Sparks$5,257-45%70-6$75$2,441,0228Fox Searchlight
5Safety Not Guaranteed$3,973-53%46-8$86$3,925,36115FilmDistrict
6Cosmopolis$3,006-42%31-14$97$746,6425Entertainment One Films
7The Apparition$2,975-71%68-208$44$4,839,3894Warner Bros.
8Branded$2,798-48%80-227$35$345,8672Roadside Attractions
910 Years$2,438-61%3--$813$25,1451Anchor Bay Films
10Born to Be Wild 3D$2,419-66%330$73$20,855,61976Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$471-47%8-273$59$1,064,7483Kenn Viselman Presents
12Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$427-6%7-15$61$3,368,3156ARC Entertainment
13Mugamoodi$146-84%3-14$49$98,2563UTV Communications
14Joker$34-44%3-40$11$169,1713UTV Communications