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 Sat, Dec. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$27,739,815-25%4,045--$6,858$64,865,3621Warner Bros. / New Line
2Rise of The Guardians$3,406,316124%3,387-252$1,006$68,872,0804Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$3,211,24066%2,285271$1,405$105,802,9786Disney / DreamWorks
4Skyfall$3,044,05667%2,924-477$1,041$270,229,9386Sony / Columbia
5Life of Pi$2,381,21471%2,548-398$935$67,929,5264Fox
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,256,23652%3,042-604$742$275,431,1125Lionsgate / Summit
7Wreck-It Ralph$1,544,383124%2,249-497$687$167,740,1177Disney
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,360,67735%2,8403$479$9,963,0482FilmDistrict
9Red Dawn (2012)$1,096,79557%2,250-504$487$40,289,4634FilmDistrict
10Flight$872,84366%1,823-608$479$88,908,2587Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$423,99143%1,427-997$297$13,853,3073Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$932,09160%3710$2,512$16,385,4915Weinstein Company
2Argo$541,82378%667-277$812$104,631,05110Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$486,78261%561380$868$2,753,8154Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$423,81551%409-13$1,036$8,063,1465Focus
5The Collection$226,05339%621-782$364$6,380,7803LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$133,52964%339-91$394$138,058,80911Fox
7Pitch Perfect$107,90044%332-55$325$63,806,34312Universal
8Talaash$76,09663%113-49$673$2,660,3313Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$66,20669%151-46$438$5,166,5179Fox Searchlight
10Looper$38,67355%190-42$204$66,279,08012Sony / TriStar
11Here Comes the Boom$38,26976%150-84$255$42,658,57010Sony / Columbia
12End of Watch$37,08341%172-1077$216$40,442,12413Open Road
13The Perks of Being A Wallflower$36,13639%125-50$289$16,982,72713Lionsgate / Summit
14Hotel Transylvania$35,744106%136-60$263$143,902,75812Sony / Columbia
15Alex Cross$34,49872%175-39$197$25,720,5899Lionsgate / Summit
16Sinister$34,16163%184107$186$47,895,23810Lionsgate / Summit
17Paranormal Activity 4$25,46882%157109$162$53,791,0629Paramount
18Seven Psychopaths$19,74648%100-41$197$14,977,38410CBS Films
19The Man With the Iron Fists$16,80060%105-76$160$15,596,4707Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$131,11866%3632$3,642$322,0222Focus
2The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$41,98757%14-3$2,999$426,2504Warner Bros.
3Cloud Atlas$34,10956%98-93$348$26,595,8738Warner Bros.
4A Late Quartet$23,48278%46-17$510$1,069,7077Entertainment One / RKO
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$23,033156%84-6$274$160,997,68123Fox
6To the Arctic 3D$14,2882%520$275$10,198,95235Warner Bros. / IMAX
7ParaNorman$13,786175%61-20$226$55,955,05618Focus
8The Intouchables$8,101114%2513$324$13,063,69930Weinstein Company
9Born to Be Wild 3D$7,88329%300$263$21,503,81489Warner Bros. / IMAX
10House at the End of the Street$5,44478%41-27$133$31,604,75213Relativity Media
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$5,43561%45-31$121$17,526,4378Open Road
12Hecho en Mexico$5,16266%10-16$516$140,0653Lionsgate / Pantelion
13The Master$3,94092%14-9$281$15,909,12714Weinstein Company
14Arbitrage$2,26323%10-15$226$7,888,29214Roadside Attractions
15This Must Be the Place$1,28748%3-2$429$141,3267Weinstein Company
16Let Fury Have the Hour$939-20%1--$939$2,1161CAVU Pictures