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. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,318,075-24%3,24715$406$47,096,8872Warner Bros.
2Paranormal Activity 4$1,036,385-31%3,412--$304$32,820,0491Paramount
3Taken 2$800,738-26%3,489-217$230$108,523,3073Fox
4Alex Cross$641,639-31%2,539--$253$13,693,5221Lionsgate / Summit
5Sinister$602,186-24%2,54215$237$33,783,6452Lionsgate / Summit
6Hotel Transylvania$502,946-25%3,3849$149$120,305,0954Sony / Columbia
7Here Comes the Boom$424,799-29%3,0140$141$24,608,9092Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$412,285-22%2,660-127$155$46,860,1384Universal
9Looper$366,242-26%2,223-382$165$59,040,6334Sony / TriStar
10Seven Psychopaths$303,460-26%1,4800$205$10,163,6072CBS Films
11Frankenweenie$251,212-16%2,362-643$106$29,057,4443Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$160,436-16%74519$215$9,622,4515Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$81,398-16%751-800$108$38,154,5555Open Road
3Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$62,986-13%945-67$67$3,045,4512Atlas Distribution
4Trouble with the Curve$62,258-16%925-887$67$34,284,1835Warner Bros.
5The Master$52,813-20%412-270$128$14,896,5566Weinstein Company
6The Dark Knight Rises$32,493-10%345-120$94$446,861,18114Warner Bros.
7Arbitrage$28,535-25%169-25$169$7,145,2986Roadside Attractions
8House at the End of the Street$23,4711%746-1120$31$30,852,7365Relativity Media
9The Bourne Legacy$14,985-19%232-13$65$112,855,00511Universal
10Dredd 3D$11,745-28%1605$73$13,367,1105Lionsgate
11Lawless$10,973-18%184-103$60$37,298,0088Weinstein Company
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,621-14%222-15$43$160,103,68415Fox
13Ted (2012)$8,720-11%109-36$80$218,657,56517Universal
14ParaNorman$5,069-29%168-8$30$54,683,07410Focus
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$4,262-17%149-27$29$48,588,39012Fox
16Won't Back Down$3,805-55%168-345$23$5,245,6554Fox
17The Possession$2,789-3%133-236$21$48,842,6168Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$14,98726%520$288$9,310,86927Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$11,615-6%4--$2,904$147,1061Fox Searchlight
3The Intouchables$5,813-9%601$97$12,839,45822Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$5,263-26%300$175$21,107,60481Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Expendables 2$4,075-32%92-54$44$84,587,59310Lionsgate
6The Campaign$3,747-1%74-27$51$86,448,07911Warner Bros.
7War of the Buttons (2012)$2,460-5%3530$70$30,8752Weinstein Company
8Moonrise Kingdom$2,394-19%29-27$83$45,496,11322Focus
9Beasts of the Southern Wild$2,038-3%28-8$73$11,192,13417Fox Searchlight
10Barfi!$641-18%10-24$64$2,801,2576UTV Communications
11Gayby$412156%1--$412$9,1122The Film Collaborative
12Thaandavam$148-82%2-1$74$213,3114UTV Communications