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, Nov. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$5,541,933-23%3,505--$1,581$114,650,1651Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$1,074,471-26%3,7520$286$102,086,0782Disney
3Flight$1,014,922-22%2,047163$496$51,746,4292Paramount
4Argo$481,313-17%2,763-11$174$87,489,4685Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$238,672-17%2,487-152$96$132,310,3236Fox
6Cloud Atlas$238,162-19%2,02310$118$23,782,6573Warner Bros.
7The Man With the Iron Fists$234,025-24%1,8724$125$13,757,0552Universal
8Here Comes the Boom$124,854-23%2,044-270$61$39,718,8335Sony / Columbia
9Pitch Perfect$118,235-23%1,391-111$85$59,712,0337Universal
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$112,348-21%1,902-1031$59$16,818,6013Open Road
11Paranormal Activity 4$105,692-19%2,348-658$45$53,046,4944Paramount
12Hotel Transylvania$100,367-22%2,566-356$39$141,702,6777Sony / Columbia
13Sinister$88,587-16%1,554-328$57$46,931,8725Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$60,867-16%1,090-558$56$24,861,9724Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$26,001-33%1,301-1715$20$8,997,8523Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$204,890-36%160--$1,281$524,1450Yash Raj Films
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$71,038-14%607-15$117$14,923,5118Lionsgate / Summit
3The Sessions$55,056-12%12859$430$1,846,3964Fox Searchlight
4Looper$48,913-27%491-205$100$64,868,7867Sony / TriStar
5Seven Psychopaths$38,044-34%356-103$107$14,257,4245CBS Films
6Chasing Mavericks$29,306-13%459-1571$64$5,413,2543Fox
7Trouble with the Curve$24,081-12%421135$57$35,379,9318Warner Bros.
8The Dark Knight Rises$10,115-5%243-48$42$447,807,03417Warner Bros.
9End of Watch$9,543-5%125-33$76$39,066,1338Open Road
10ParaNorman$8,395-1%198-48$42$55,509,27813Focus
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,752-6%147-10$39$160,598,18618Fox
12The Expendables 2$4,971-12%134-39$37$84,976,56313Lionsgate
13The Campaign$4,625-6%138-50$34$86,862,94514Warner Bros.
14The Possession$3,705-11%121-34$31$49,091,00811Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$94,7020%11--$8,609$1,329,5571Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$19,442-4%6253$314$353,4172Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$15,09913%520$290$9,726,67430Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$11,493-4%88-50$131$15,726,4639Weinstein Company
5Arbitrage$8,337-23%87-29$96$7,700,1849Roadside Attractions
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,531-28%300$151$21,271,92184Warner Bros. / IMAX
7This Must Be the Place$3,90835%119$355$55,6022Weinstein Company
8The Intouchables$3,6065%346$106$12,986,46425Weinstein Company
9House at the End of the Street$2,174-10%78-50$28$31,250,0068Relativity Media
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,802-10%82-13$22$48,826,33015Fox
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,5315%43-27$36$3,320,1465Atlas Distribution
12Lawless$1,11113%20-15$56$37,382,69911Weinstein Company
13Won't Back Down$784-2%38-3$21$5,301,6717Fox
14Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$48812%38-22$13$143,4362UTV Communications
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$310-79%2-2$155$76,4896Roadside Attractions
16Vamps$12763%10$127$3,3612Anchor Bay Films
17The Bay$74196%1-22$74$30,6032Roadside Attractions