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 Wed, Oct. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$2,782,072-30%3,661--$760$61,750,4991Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$1,032,484-26%3,3523$308$83,788,0742Sony / Columbia
3Looper$989,893-22%2,9931$331$44,208,8052Sony / TriStar
4Pitch Perfect$941,800-22%2,7702435$340$25,737,4132Universal
5Frankenweenie$590,395-22%3,005--$196$14,422,4381Disney
6End of Watch$398,847-13%2,370-410$168$34,312,1633Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$338,498-16%3,003-209$113$30,914,8523Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$217,589-17%2,720-363$80$28,475,3793Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$111,914-9%1,746-893$64$39,606,3174Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$109,040-13%1,361-1020$80$41,408,7664Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$100,041-21%2,5172$40$4,859,8622Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$166,909-12%8648$193$12,963,8624Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$129,430-10%221119$586$3,848,6463Lionsgate / Summit
3Dredd 3D$73,506-23%831-1726$88$12,981,6823Lionsgate
4The Dark Knight Rises$71,874-4%575-80$125$445,620,36612Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$57,123-20%244-12$234$6,267,2884Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$39,095-8%821-797$48$48,535,0966Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$31,330-7%482-342$65$112,390,9859Universal
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$24,459-9%534-653$46$50,298,9618Disney
9Lawless$21,271-15%611-892$35$37,078,0326Weinstein Company
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$17,924-29%300-87$60$159,566,26713Fox
11The Campaign$16,927-1%303-327$56$86,324,1759Warner Bros.
12Ted (2012)$16,8850%187-38$90$218,398,38015Universal
13The Expendables 2$14,976-11%313-502$48$84,424,4178Lionsgate
14ParaNorman$11,687-9%342-867$34$54,406,3078Focus
15Barfi!$10,426-12%110-17$95$2,734,9084UTV Communications
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$9,748-24%257-75$38$48,306,52410Fox
17Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$7,651-18%155-48$49$216,270,42018Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$13,5855%520$261$9,015,92925Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$12,586-13%84-37$150$12,684,29920Weinstein Company
3Moonrise Kingdom$5,961-46%9210$65$45,408,84320Focus
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$5,1544%51-18$101$11,120,86215Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$3,599-15%330$109$20,997,68779Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,41061%18-14$189$46,353,11123Fox Searchlight
7Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$2,800-1%12--$233$39,9761Roadside Attractions
8Safety Not Guaranteed$2,532-6%24-10$106$4,000,55618FilmDistrict
9For A Good Time, Call...$1,81621%43-41$42$1,249,6556Focus
10The Watch$1,717-24%32-14$54$34,338,39611Fox
11Thaandavam$1,386-60%21-24$66$197,0722UTV Communications
12The Apparition$1,309-2%38-27$34$4,935,3937Warner Bros.
13Heroine$738-52%18-79$41$597,6473UTV Communications
1410 Years$6166%21-42$29$202,8964Anchor Bay Films
15Toys in the Attic$31122%4-2$78$63,7975Hannover House
16Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$153-3%6-1$26$3,377,3889ARC Entertainment