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. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,754,322-6%3,232--$543$24,838,3391Warner Bros.
2Taken 2$1,459,429-19%3,70645$394$91,062,5182Fox
3Sinister$1,084,331-23%2,527--$429$21,798,8371Lionsgate / Summit
4Hotel Transylvania$731,031-14%3,37523$217$104,544,6513Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$665,667-17%3,014--$221$13,996,8741Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$613,140-20%2,78717$220$38,021,7933Universal
7Looper$539,192-18%2,605-388$207$53,105,3513Sony / TriStar
8Frankenweenie$419,377-12%3,0050$140$23,424,0672Disney
9Seven Psychopaths$398,840-16%1,480--$269$5,481,0641CBS Films
10End of Watch$165,648-12%1,551-819$107$36,911,3964Open Road
11Trouble with the Curve$148,9148%1,812-1191$82$33,193,8354Warner Bros.
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$119,21813%1,012--$118$2,125,1941Atlas Distribution
13House at the End of the Street$80,6255%1,866-854$43$30,228,5454Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$200,749-6%726505$277$6,738,7574Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$76,0191%682-182$111$14,139,9695Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$51,131-3%465-110$110$446,350,90313Warner Bros.
4Arbitrage$29,843-12%194-50$154$6,743,3475Roadside Attractions
5Finding Nemo 3D$28,120-4%480-1266$59$40,198,8305Disney
6Won't Back Down$18,261-10%513-2004$36$5,163,8343Fox
7The Bourne Legacy$14,700-8%245-237$60$112,626,84010Universal
8Dredd 3D$14,268-28%155-676$92$13,205,4074Lionsgate
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,529-1%237-63$57$159,860,71214Fox
10Ted (2012)$11,585-6%145-42$80$218,547,31016Universal
11The Possession$11,1136%369-452$30$48,764,2057Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$6,97418%176-81$40$48,460,87011Fox
13ParaNorman$6,299-6%176-166$36$54,551,1669Focus
14The Expendables 2$6,004-26%146-167$41$84,522,1069Lionsgate
15Lawless$5,58511%287-324$19$37,172,2767Weinstein Company
16Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$5,1695%122-33$42$216,382,25819Paramount / DreamWorks
17The Campaign$5,160-10%101-202$51$86,397,91910Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$18,14233%520$349$9,164,75126Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$8,36574%30-3$279$21,048,42980Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$7,31411%59-25$124$12,770,62921Weinstein Company
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$5,38616%36-15$150$11,165,72816Fox Searchlight
5Moonrise Kingdom$5,24412%56-36$94$45,464,96821Focus
6Barfi!$2,001-45%34-76$59$2,787,0215UTV Communications
7Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$84523%6-6$141$49,9652Roadside Attractions
8War of the Buttons (2012)$79773%5--$159$6,4241Weinstein Company
9Safety Not Guaranteed$560-25%18-6$31$4,010,25519FilmDistrict
10Thaandavam$283-78%3-18$94$207,8113UTV Communications