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, Oct. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$5,501,950-55%3,661--$1,503$55,016,7191Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$4,656,067-47%3,3523$1,389$81,367,9942Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$1,897,450-53%2,7702435$685$23,590,4882Universal
4Looper$1,737,417-50%2,9931$580$41,954,0692Sony / TriStar
5Frankenweenie$1,662,450-53%3,005--$553$13,074,6631Disney
6End of Watch$603,011-49%2,370-410$254$33,453,0283Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$504,169-49%3,003-209$168$30,173,1453Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$405,929-57%2,720-363$149$27,995,0963Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$332,972-39%1,746-893$191$39,371,9694Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$165,373-53%1,361-1020$122$41,174,1694Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$150,081-48%2,5172$60$4,633,7512Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$270,630-48%8648$313$12,607,6624Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$227,214-49%221119$1,028$3,576,0793Lionsgate / Summit
3Dredd 3D$116,580-42%831-1726$140$12,812,2353Lionsgate
4The Dark Knight Rises$103,983-48%575-80$181$445,473,62412Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$82,700-55%244-12$339$6,138,6814Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$62,059-60%821-797$76$48,453,4426Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$50,610-43%482-342$105$112,325,9159Universal
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$50,008-48%300-87$167$159,523,27013Fox
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$47,613-32%534-653$89$50,247,5338Disney
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$31,358-41%257-75$122$48,283,95410Fox
11Lawless$30,151-67%611-892$49$37,031,6116Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$27,506-52%342-867$80$54,381,7928Focus
13The Campaign$24,780-45%303-327$82$86,290,1519Warner Bros.
14The Expendables 2$22,171-54%313-502$71$84,392,5298Lionsgate
15Ted (2012)$20,570-49%187-38$110$218,364,66515Universal
16Barfi!$20,438-61%110-17$186$2,712,5994UTV Communications
17Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$19,633-39%155-48$127$216,253,38718Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$23,843-29%520$459$8,989,40225Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$18,101-45%84-37$215$12,657,24020Weinstein Company
3Moonrise Kingdom$9,693-38%9210$105$45,391,85020Focus
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,259-26%51-18$182$11,110,75715Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,888-25%330$269$20,989,83479Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Thaandavam$8,538-37%21-24$407$192,1992UTV Communications
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,05023%18-14$225$46,347,58423Fox Searchlight
8Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,406-54%12--$284$34,3591Roadside Attractions
9The Watch$2,502-58%32-14$78$34,334,40711Fox
10For A Good Time, Call...$2,379-36%43-41$55$1,246,3406Focus
11Heroine$2,023-41%18-79$112$595,3673UTV Communications
12The Apparition$1,955-58%38-27$51$4,932,7537Warner Bros.
13Safety Not Guaranteed$1,411-31%24-10$59$3,995,32218FilmDistrict
1410 Years$556-64%21-42$26$201,7024Anchor Bay Films
15Toys in the Attic$216-58%4-2$54$63,2315Hannover House
16Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$172-66%6-1$29$3,377,0779ARC Entertainment