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 Tue, Dec. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$1,162,08331%3,401-62$342$263,450,5325Sony / Columbia
2Life of Pi$1,002,93546%2,94618$340$62,638,9493Fox
3Lincoln$941,12420%2,014-4$467$98,863,9955Disney / DreamWorks
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$856,92820%3,646-362$235$270,260,1314Lionsgate / Summit
5Rise of The Guardians$631,41031%3,639-33$174$62,887,3463Paramount / DreamWorks
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$578,75239%2,837--$204$6,745,9731FilmDistrict
7Killing Them Softly$403,51332%2,4240$166$12,539,3872Weinstein Company
8Flight$378,30530%2,431-172$156$86,872,8266Paramount
9Red Dawn (2012)$365,05723%2,754-27$133$37,902,2643FilmDistrict
10Wreck-It Ralph$318,99427%2,746-341$116$164,973,9696Disney
11The Collection$145,4447%1,4030$104$5,736,9952LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$110,09618%1,2491225$88$40,192,92212Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$247,46430%3710$667$14,402,1224Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$215,69826%42238$511$6,989,4554Focus
3Argo$164,17727%944-99$174$103,453,0719Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$88,99427%181131$492$1,820,8003Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$42,222118%162-12$261$2,490,4922Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$38,54815%430-66$90$137,772,43210Fox
7The Sessions$29,13613%197-29$148$5,003,3488Fox Searchlight
8Pitch Perfect$28,89024%387-16$75$63,569,51811Universal
9Cloud Atlas$26,10521%191-3$137$26,500,6677Warner Bros.
10Looper$18,29419%232--$79$66,179,79011Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,65629%175-14$95$16,887,92712Lionsgate / Summit
12Alex Cross$13,93425%214100$65$25,642,9848Lionsgate / Summit
13The Man With the Iron Fists$13,57525%1817$75$15,546,4956Universal
14Seven Psychopaths$12,15448%141-21$86$14,924,2589CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,25516%520$197$10,148,15734Warner Bros. / IMAX
2A Late Quartet$10,07216%63-11$160$1,014,4016Entertainment One / RKO
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$8,79425%171$517$330,6053Warner Bros.
4Hyde Park on Hudson$7,340-9%4--$1,835$96,7611Focus
5Sinister$4,77328%77-11$62$47,832,3489Lionsgate / Summit
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,65850%300$155$21,483,68588Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,00417%76-48$40$17,513,0027Open Road
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,995-14%90-12$33$160,959,70622Fox
9Hecho en Mexico$2,90319%2614$112$126,8182Lionsgate / Pantelion
10ParaNorman$2,712-8%81-23$33$55,931,44917Focus
11Chasing Mavericks$2,629-10%67-12$39$5,880,1067Fox
12The Master$2,24382%230$98$15,899,21513Weinstein Company
13The Dark Knight Rises$2,09410%62-18$34$448,134,64021Warner Bros.
14Trouble with the Curve$2,0332%71-29$29$35,758,58212Warner Bros.
15Arbitrage$1,96447%25-10$79$7,880,73813Roadside Attractions
16Fun Size$1,9382%80-36$24$9,406,2527Paramount
17House at the End of the Street$1,716-13%68-40$25$31,592,62112Relativity Media
18Paranormal Activity 4$1,70313%48-22$35$53,748,6298Paramount
19Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$8832353%2--$442$84,79510Roadside Attractions
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$76222%47-5$16$48,986,17819Fox
21This Must Be the Place$7062%5-2$141$137,7406Weinstein Company
22The Rabbi's Cat$58466%1--$584$5,2371GKIDS
23The Intouchables$48350%12-7$40$13,049,88429Weinstein Company