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, Dec. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$1,214,376-19%3,463-63$351$249,433,6564Sony / Columbia
2Lincoln$1,154,173-12%2,0180$572$87,088,7194Disney / DreamWorks
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,137,336-21%4,008-62$284$258,392,7153Lionsgate / Summit
4Life of Pi$944,122-29%2,9281$322$51,676,1322Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$583,147-25%3,67219$159$50,762,1512Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killing Them Softly$504,218-28%2,424--$208$8,575,0101Weinstein Company
7Red Dawn (2012)$402,628-21%2,78156$145$32,594,3712FilmDistrict
8Flight$386,497-18%2,603-35$148$82,687,7445Paramount
9Wreck-It Ralph$316,834-21%3,087-172$103$159,213,8875Disney
10The Collection$200,264-15%1,403--$143$3,772,6171LD Entertainment
11Argo$171,445-12%1,043-212$164$101,503,6138Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$253,185-17%3714$682$11,532,4523Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$238,067-13%384318$620$4,831,9983Focus
3Talaash$70,207-42%174--$403$1,899,1191Reliance Entertainment
4The Sessions$37,681-8%226-289$167$4,692,1397Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$37,385-7%496-267$75$137,275,8589Fox
6Pitch Perfect$26,275-13%403-89$65$63,181,61810Universal
7Cloud Atlas$24,860-10%194-64$128$26,255,9306Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$19,8300%189-53$105$16,698,48111Lionsgate / Summit
9Seven Psychopaths$13,984-12%16280$86$14,817,5488CBS Films
10The Man With the Iron Fists$11,375-27%174-31$65$15,423,9905Universal
11Alex Cross$4,425-17%114-30$39$25,499,1707Lionsgate / Summit
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$4,142-20%124-66$33$17,480,7536Open Road
13ParaNorman$3,5081%104-30$34$55,883,41816Focus
14Trouble with the Curve$3,353-19%100-40$34$35,731,38711Warner Bros.
15House at the End of the Street$3,2466%108-30$30$31,561,41311Relativity Media
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,028-15%102-7$30$160,893,42921Fox
17Fun Size$2,562-7%116-28$22$9,370,7836Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$38,629-21%5033$773$912,4792Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$10,710-4%74-14$145$909,3235Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$8,411-27%520$162$10,077,74533Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$6,02316%161$376$189,1842Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,966-4%300$166$21,445,91187Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Sinister$4,235-12%88-39$48$47,782,9048Lionsgate / Summit
7Chasing Mavericks$4,1025%7919$52$5,843,7226Fox
8Hecho en Mexico$3,638-22%12--$303$89,8611Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Dark Knight Rises$3,052-5%80-28$38$448,103,26820Warner Bros.
10End of Watch$2,702-20%24-10$113$39,235,14211Open Road
11Arbitrage$2,6141%35-13$75$7,859,28312Roadside Attractions
12The Master$2,513-23%23-2$109$15,881,52412Weinstein Company
13Paranormal Activity 4$2,405-2%70-38$34$53,725,1837Paramount
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,10121%52-7$21$48,966,17018Fox
15Silent Night$1,070-12%11--$97$13,3221Anchor Bay Films
16The Intouchables$1,02072%19-7$54$13,045,29128Weinstein Company
17This Must Be the Place$949-6%7-1$136$130,9055Weinstein Company