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 Thu, Nov. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$2,061,93913%3,752--$550$60,634,6091Disney
2Flight$1,837,5395%1,884--$975$32,670,2991Paramount
3Argo$792,4517%2,774-81$286$78,965,9584Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$458,590-6%1,868--$245$10,228,3251Universal
5Cloud Atlas$402,304-4%2,0135$200$20,186,7062Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$388,7557%2,639-356$147$127,287,1715Fox
7Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$274,4647%2,9330$94$15,083,2692Open Road
8Paranormal Activity 4$239,93011%3,006-406$80$50,620,5793Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$214,91016%2,314-177$93$36,511,0954Sony / Columbia
10Pitch Perfect$202,03522%1,502-497$135$56,526,6436Universal
11Hotel Transylvania$200,88321%2,922-354$69$138,553,9826Sony / Columbia
12Sinister$179,10413%1,882-465$95$45,054,2384Lionsgate / Summit
13Alex Cross$137,9789%1,648-893$84$23,691,0693Lionsgate / Summit
14Fun Size$107,76523%3,0162$36$8,043,1132Paramount
15Chasing Mavericks$105,71111%2,03028$52$4,805,2622Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$2,200,000--463--$4,752$2,200,0000Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$110,68231%622-114$178$13,481,8467Lionsgate / Summit
3Looper$101,890-1%696-493$146$64,087,2336Sony / TriStar
4Seven Psychopaths$68,9036%459-544$150$13,693,6574CBS Films
5Frankenweenie$43,6136%857-881$51$33,554,6005Disney
6The Master$22,05316%138-63$160$15,585,0588Weinstein Company
7The Dark Knight Rises$19,056-18%2910$65$447,614,51116Warner Bros.
8Trouble with the Curve$17,9796%286-134$63$35,036,2507Warner Bros.
9End of Watch$16,7598%158-132$106$38,917,8647Open Road
10Arbitrage$14,83836%118-7$126$7,584,8958Roadside Attractions
11ParaNorman$13,33912%246-34$54$55,295,31712Focus
12The Campaign$9,9607%188-34$53$86,785,16413Warner Bros.
13The Bourne Legacy$9,8708%153-38$65$113,203,87013Universal
14The Expendables 2$8,992-2%173-5$52$84,892,87412Lionsgate
15The Possession$7,6236%15573$49$49,013,23910Lionsgate
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,48323%157-35$48$160,453,32517Fox
17House at the End of the Street$4,089-1%128-174$32$31,200,2847Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$45,2119%6949$655$1,109,6723Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$19,74097%520$380$9,584,63929Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$10,60068%9--$1,178$110,3221Entertainment One / RKO
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$4,38117%70-77$63$3,300,9574Atlas Distribution
5Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$3,972-10%60--$66$115,2621UTV Communications
6The Intouchables$3,75730%28-20$134$12,950,24524Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,739-49%300$91$21,224,33983Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,64511%95-21$28$48,752,51314Fox
9The Bay$2,52717%23--$110$29,3711Roadside Attractions
10This Must Be the Place$1,72644%2--$863$13,3571Weinstein Company
11Lawless$1,71217%35-61$49$37,371,67810Weinstein Company
12Won't Back Down$1,53721%41-24$37$5,291,5936Fox
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$681138%40$170$71,4735Roadside Attractions
14War of the Buttons (2012)$49828%6-2$83$47,7714Weinstein Company
15Vamps$759%1--$75$7711Anchor Bay Films