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, Oct. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$3,951,708-28%3,661--$1,079$58,968,4271Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$1,387,596-70%3,3523$414$82,755,5902Sony / Columbia
3Looper$1,264,843-27%2,9931$423$43,218,9122Sony / TriStar
4Pitch Perfect$1,205,125-36%2,7702435$435$24,795,6132Universal
5Frankenweenie$757,380-54%3,005--$252$13,832,0431Disney
6End of Watch$460,288-24%2,370-410$194$33,913,3163Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$403,209-20%3,003-209$134$30,576,3543Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$262,694-35%2,720-363$97$28,257,7903Relativity Media
9Won't Back Down$125,890-16%2,5172$50$4,759,6412Fox
10Resident Evil: Retribution$125,557-24%1,361-1020$92$41,299,7264Sony / Screen Gems
11Finding Nemo 3D$122,434-63%1,746-893$70$39,494,4034Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$189,291-30%8648$219$12,796,9534Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$143,137-37%221119$648$3,719,2163Lionsgate / Summit
3Dredd 3D$95,941-18%831-1726$115$12,908,1763Lionsgate
4The Dark Knight Rises$74,868-28%575-80$130$445,548,49212Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$71,484-14%244-12$293$6,210,1654Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$42,559-31%821-797$52$48,496,0016Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$33,740-33%482-342$70$112,359,6559Universal
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$26,969-43%534-653$51$50,274,5028Disney
9Lawless$25,150-17%611-892$41$37,056,7616Weinstein Company
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$25,073-50%300-87$84$159,548,34313Fox
11The Campaign$17,097-31%303-327$56$86,307,2489Warner Bros.
12The Expendables 2$16,912-24%313-502$54$84,409,4418Lionsgate
13Ted (2012)$16,830-18%187-38$90$218,381,49515Universal
14ParaNorman$12,828-53%342-867$38$54,394,6208Focus
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$12,822-59%257-75$50$48,296,77610Fox
16Barfi!$11,883-42%110-17$108$2,724,4824UTV Communications
17Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$9,382-52%155-48$61$216,262,76918Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$14,473-20%84-37$172$12,671,71320Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$12,942-46%520$249$9,002,34425Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Moonrise Kingdom$11,03214%9210$120$45,402,88220Focus
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$4,951-47%51-18$97$11,115,70815Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,254-52%330$129$20,994,08879Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Thaandavam$3,487-59%21-24$166$195,6862UTV Communications
7Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$2,817-17%12--$235$37,1761Roadside Attractions
8Safety Not Guaranteed$2,70291%24-10$113$3,998,02418FilmDistrict
9The Watch$2,272-9%32-14$71$34,336,67911Fox
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,117-48%18-14$118$46,349,70123Fox Searchlight
11Heroine$1,542-24%18-79$86$596,9093UTV Communications
12For A Good Time, Call...$1,499-37%43-41$35$1,247,8396Focus
13The Apparition$1,331-32%38-27$35$4,934,0847Warner Bros.
1410 Years$5804%21-42$28$202,2824Anchor Bay Films
15Toys in the Attic$25518%4-2$64$63,4865Hannover House
16Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$158-8%6-1$26$3,377,2359ARC Entertainment