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. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,868,8476%3,232--$578$23,084,0171Warner Bros.
2Taken 2$1,800,5298%3,70645$486$89,603,0892Fox
3Sinister$1,400,7267%2,527--$554$20,714,5061Lionsgate / Summit
4Hotel Transylvania$852,2853%3,37523$253$103,813,6203Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$801,47112%3,014--$266$13,331,2071Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$766,42522%2,78717$275$37,408,6533Universal
7Looper$660,09117%2,605-388$253$52,566,1593Sony / TriStar
8Frankenweenie$475,8005%3,0050$158$23,004,6902Disney
9Seven Psychopaths$475,77010%1,480--$321$5,082,2241CBS Films
10End of Watch$188,5083%1,551-819$122$36,745,7484Open Road
11Trouble with the Curve$138,2554%1,812-1191$76$33,044,9214Warner Bros.
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$105,581-29%1,012--$104$2,005,9761Atlas Distribution
13House at the End of the Street$76,9613%1,866-854$41$30,147,9204Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$212,80412%726505$293$6,538,0084Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$75,298-4%682-182$110$14,063,9505Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$52,71212%465-110$113$446,299,77213Warner Bros.
4Arbitrage$33,72927%194-50$174$6,713,5045Roadside Attractions
5Finding Nemo 3D$29,43013%480-1266$61$40,170,7105Disney
6Won't Back Down$20,272-24%513-2004$40$5,145,5733Fox
7Dredd 3D$19,85839%155-676$128$13,191,1394Lionsgate
8The Bourne Legacy$15,92518%245-237$65$112,612,14010Universal
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,615-10%237-63$57$159,847,18314Fox
10Ted (2012)$12,3256%145-42$85$218,535,72516Universal
11The Possession$10,470-1%369-452$28$48,753,0927Lionsgate
12The Expendables 2$8,13835%146-167$56$84,516,1029Lionsgate
13ParaNorman$6,732-12%176-166$38$54,544,8679Focus
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$5,905-18%176-81$34$48,453,89611Fox
15The Campaign$5,70535%101-202$56$86,392,75910Warner Bros.
16Lawless$5,013-4%287-324$17$37,166,4587Weinstein Company
17Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$4,906-10%122-33$40$216,377,08919Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$13,62425%520$262$9,146,60926Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$6,560-8%59-25$111$12,763,31521Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$4,82117%30-3$161$21,040,06480Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Moonrise Kingdom$4,70327%56-36$84$45,459,72421Focus
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$4,63134%36-15$129$11,160,34216Fox Searchlight
6Barfi!$3,64265%34-76$107$2,785,0205UTV Communications
7Thaandavam$1,306563%3-18$435$207,5283UTV Communications
8Safety Not Guaranteed$742-36%18-6$41$4,009,69519FilmDistrict
9Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$6851%6-6$114$49,1202Roadside Attractions
10War of the Buttons (2012)$4628%5--$92$5,6271Weinstein Company