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 Mon, Dec. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,897,267-45%4,10055$1,682$156,938,5322Warner Bros. / New Line
2Jack Reacher$2,641,493-42%3,352--$788$17,851,6491Paramount
3This is 40$1,514,760-56%2,913--$520$13,093,9351Universal
4Rise of The Guardians$1,511,552-22%3,031-356$499$81,108,2305Paramount / DreamWorks
5Lincoln$1,276,379-33%2,2938$557$117,949,9777Disney / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$1,118,091-36%2,431--$460$8,433,6141Paramount
7Skyfall$1,081,745-35%2,365-559$457$281,041,0597Sony / Columbia
8Life of Pi$1,032,515-31%1,750-798$590$77,405,9965Fox
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$826,910-45%2,618--$316$7,086,5771Disney
10Wreck-It Ralph$515,895-17%1,444-805$357$172,257,4568Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$346,262-60%2,000-1042$173$281,978,9516Lionsgate / Summit
12Red Dawn (2012)$115,477-53%1,011-1239$114$42,742,2605FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$421,576-35%840--$502$2,703,9441Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$394,996-36%3710$1,065$20,256,2346Weinstein Company
3Argo$235,602-26%450-217$524$106,670,96511Warner Bros.
4Flight$142,549-36%742-1081$192$91,100,4078Paramount
5Anna Karenina (2012)$118,997-49%331-78$360$9,758,3716Focus
6Hitchcock$110,119-41%535-26$206$4,305,0875Fox Searchlight
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$68,392-48%851-1989$80$12,478,8553FilmDistrict
8Hotel Transylvania$49,047-52%301--$163$144,313,78713Sony / Columbia
9Here Comes the Boom$36,187-47%291--$124$42,972,66411Sony / Columbia
10Taken 2$27,572-55%275-64$100$138,497,29512Fox
11Killing Them Softly$21,693-44%149-1278$146$14,758,0244Weinstein Company
12Pitch Perfect$14,250-63%214-118$67$64,138,60813Universal
13The Perks of Being A Wallflower$11,317-56%14116$80$17,158,04714Lionsgate / Summit
14End of Watch$9,120-62%1720$53$40,603,65814Open Road
15The Collection$8,198-66%112-509$73$6,818,9524LD Entertainment
16Looper$4,835-54%100-90$48$66,401,78913Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$110,529-25%5--$22,106$756,6911Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$77,606-37%8650$902$994,1773Focus
3The Impossible$31,083-39%15--$2,072$174,9011Lionsgate / Summit
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$16,739-50%151$1,116$638,4205Warner Bros.
5The Sessions$15,632-46%98-53$160$5,390,64110Fox Searchlight
6Talaash$12,393-8%25-88$496$2,814,0584Reliance Entertainment
7To the Arctic 3D$10,239-38%520$197$10,318,10336Warner Bros. / IMAX
8A Late Quartet$10,201-41%39-7$262$1,175,7228Entertainment One / RKO
9Cloud Atlas$9,341-36%50-48$187$26,731,2429Warner Bros.
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,574-24%72-12$77$161,061,36424Fox
11Not Fade Away$5,475-16%3--$1,825$24,6571Paramount Vantage
12Alex Cross$4,406-50%94-81$47$25,805,69710Lionsgate / Summit
13Born to Be Wild 3D$3,996-41%300$133$21,555,66390Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Intouchables$3,3806%7-18$483$13,098,02631Weinstein Company
15The Master$2,926-17%13-1$225$15,936,37815Weinstein Company
16Sinister$2,426-73%93-91$26$47,990,42911Lionsgate / Summit
17Paranormal Activity 4$940-76%50-107$19$53,850,82810Paramount
18ParaNorman$555-64%23-38$24$55,979,49719Focus
19Arbitrage$411-68%5-5$82$7,899,57715Roadside Attractions