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. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$12,779,2879%4,070--$3,140$175,709,9691Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$7,401,97631%3,52621$2,099$177,997,3202Sony / Columbia
3Rise of The Guardians$4,837,243--3,653--$1,324$4,837,2430Paramount / DreamWorks
4Lincoln$4,213,21134%2,0182007$2,088$32,294,0802Disney / DreamWorks
5Red Dawn (2012)$4,164,915--2,679--$1,555$4,164,9150FilmDistrict
6Wreck-It Ralph$3,724,61532%3,259-493$1,143$130,226,5683Disney
7Life of Pi$3,645,051--2,902--$1,256$3,645,0510Fox
8Flight$1,269,04610%2,638591$481$64,791,2423Paramount
9Argo$577,134-4%1,255-1508$460$93,580,9136Warner Bros.
10Here Comes the Boom$92,336-58%1,350-694$68$41,441,6156Sony / Columbia
11Hotel Transylvania$72,513-54%1,248-1318$58$143,084,6588Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$661,5931058%367--$1,803$1,211,2361Weinstein Company
2Jab Tak Hai Jaan$171,68224%1644$1,047$2,328,3241Yash Raj Films
3Pitch Perfect$171,465-38%497-894$345$61,704,4788Universal
4Taken 2$159,892-51%739-1748$216$135,362,7907Fox
5The Sessions$102,681-13%510382$201$3,132,0145Fox Searchlight
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$86,272-35%242-365$356$15,874,3159Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloud Atlas$73,160-56%258-1765$284$25,287,2144Warner Bros.
8Looper$48,95933%293-198$167$65,224,3318Sony / TriStar
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$44,21326%456-1446$97$17,237,0714Open Road
10The Man With the Iron Fists$40,310-69%205-1667$197$14,949,7053Universal
11ParaNorman$20,3413%173-25$118$55,690,50814Focus
12A Late Quartet$19,268-5%10038$193$586,2473Entertainment One / RKO
13Sinister$18,058-75%127-1427$142$47,597,3046Lionsgate / Summit
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$16,09519%116-31$139$160,730,40519Fox
15Trouble with the Curve$15,579-19%140-281$111$35,576,8549Warner Bros.
16The Dark Knight Rises$14,7805%160-83$92$447,951,40018Warner Bros.
17House at the End of the Street$14,234-11%13860$103$31,399,1619Relativity Media
18Alex Cross$13,115-66%144-946$91$25,276,2835Lionsgate / Summit
19Fun Size$12,737-46%388-913$33$9,204,5764Paramount
20Paranormal Activity 4$9,221-85%108-2240$85$53,615,9045Paramount
21The Campaign$1,934-49%101-37$19$86,906,27615Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$121,130232%63--$1,923$511,4791Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$18,1635%520$349$9,867,90131Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Seven Psychopaths$16,832-40%78-278$216$14,523,8026CBS Films
4Chasing Mavericks$14,477-56%75-384$193$5,692,4314Fox
5End of Watch$9,46510%75-50$126$39,152,3839Open Road
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$8,565-3%62-20$138$48,893,89616Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$7,232-6%300$241$21,339,36285Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Intouchables$6,59846%26-8$254$13,018,53026Weinstein Company
9The Master$5,006-38%25-63$200$15,808,18610Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$4,591-35%80-7$57$7,779,36010Roadside Attractions
11This Must Be the Place$4,25467%8-3$532$97,5903Weinstein Company
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$620-39%15-28$41$3,328,3576Atlas Distribution
13Lawless$456-58%11-9$41$37,391,35512Weinstein Company