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 Sun, Nov. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$24,001,093-29%3,505--$6,848$90,564,7141Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$10,264,757-31%3,7520$2,736$93,647,4052Disney
3Flight$4,019,696-38%2,047163$1,964$47,455,3962Paramount
4Argo$1,747,467-43%2,763-11$632$85,583,1875Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$1,014,826-44%2,487-152$408$131,300,0006Fox
6Cloud Atlas$809,930-29%2,02310$400$22,844,9563Warner Bros.
7Hotel Transylvania$781,687-29%2,566-356$305$140,954,2087Sony / Columbia
8The Man With the Iron Fists$758,160-30%1,8724$405$12,821,0302Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$683,547-40%2,044-270$334$39,033,8855Sony / Columbia
10Pitch Perfect$660,725-41%1,391-111$475$59,099,9937Universal
11Paranormal Activity 4$481,989-44%2,348-658$205$52,600,6124Paramount
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$389,947-28%1,902-1031$205$16,383,4063Open Road
13Sinister$379,852-43%1,554-328$244$46,578,6865Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$229,144-47%1,090-558$210$24,603,0424Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$228,163-30%1,301-1715$175$8,800,3363Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$321,551-33%607-15$530$14,614,7708Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$160,538-37%491-205$327$64,669,3837Sony / TriStar
3The Sessions$154,820-38%12859$1,210$1,655,2224Fox Searchlight
4Chasing Mavericks$139,722-24%459-1571$304$5,253,9103Fox
5Seven Psychopaths$116,384-35%356-103$327$14,098,4695CBS Films
6Trouble with the Curve$64,817-41%421135$154$35,289,0528Warner Bros.
7ParaNorman$55,798-24%198-48$282$55,458,40313Focus
8The Dark Knight Rises$41,733-37%243-48$172$447,764,58317Warner Bros.
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$36,102-29%147-10$246$160,563,12518Fox
10End of Watch$35,121-22%125-33$281$39,028,2828Open Road
11The Expendables 2$19,636-29%134-39$147$84,956,22413Lionsgate
12The Possession$18,024-38%121-34$149$49,075,98211Lionsgate
13The Campaign$16,709-37%138-50$121$86,845,71314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$329,085-5%11--$29,917$944,3081Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$55,640-30%6253$897$288,9162Entertainment One / RKO
3The Master$29,937-36%88-50$340$15,688,4839Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$25,461-36%520$490$9,681,69730Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Arbitrage$24,975-33%87-29$287$7,669,2309Roadside Attractions
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$19,170-21%82-13$234$48,806,46815Fox
7Resident Evil: Retribution$17,458-23%91-40$192$42,345,5319Sony / Screen Gems
8This Must Be the Place$9,841-27%119$895$44,6152Weinstein Company
9Born to Be Wild 3D$9,467-21%300$316$21,256,79084Warner Bros. / IMAX
10House at the End of the Street$8,383-59%78-50$107$31,240,9958Relativity Media
11The Intouchables$7,730-27%346$227$12,975,24725Weinstein Company
12Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$6,805-33%38-22$179$140,3922UTV Communications
13Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$3,847-39%43-27$89$3,315,1865Atlas Distribution
14Lawless$2,207-27%20-15$110$37,379,14411Weinstein Company
15Won't Back Down$1,883-43%38-3$50$5,298,9597Fox
16The Bay$9251028%1-22$925$30,4742Roadside Attractions
17Vamps$88240%10$882$2,9642Anchor Bay Films
18The Other Dream Team$670-37%50$134$133,7787The Film Arcade
19Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$642-36%2-2$321$74,1116Roadside Attractions