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 Fri, Jan. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Texas Chainsaw 3D$10,227,996--2,654--$3,854$10,227,9961Lionsgate
2Django Unchained$6,177,84359%3,0100$2,052$92,447,2202Weinstein Company
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$5,172,34535%3,755-345$1,377$251,461,8524Warner Bros. / New Line
4Les Miserables (2012)$4,994,88051%2,90490$1,720$92,482,3602Universal
5Parental Guidance$3,137,81371%3,3681$932$45,772,8922Fox
6Jack Reacher$2,966,75570%3,288-64$902$58,471,0963Paramount
7This is 40$2,740,48577%2,93117$935$48,642,3303Universal
8Lincoln$1,604,54664%1,901-65$844$140,279,7659Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$1,465,24565%2,312-119$634$28,142,1793Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$1,307,8584980%1,6761651$780$1,653,3862Focus
11Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,138,81118%2,103-515$542$25,132,4603Disney
12Skyfall$1,005,19947%1,307-330$769$294,734,7699Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$829,2126%1,507-548$550$95,381,2967Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,100,23382%7450$1,477$32,160,2928Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$837,69936%965-213$868$89,063,7957Fox
3The Impossible$777,1382638%572557$1,359$1,434,1673Lionsgate / Summit
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$450,53128%825-366$546$288,206,8178Lionsgate / Summit
5Wreck-It Ralph$363,4728%709-204$513$177,683,38810Disney
6Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$361,16311%817-23$442$9,954,0933Paramount
7Hyde Park on Hudson$272,210317%222138$1,226$2,450,8135Focus
8Argo$225,10669%302-43$745$109,542,80413Warner Bros.
9Hotel Transylvania$141,535--267-34$530$145,848,21215Sony / Columbia
10Anna Karenina (2012)$102,2165%163-55$627$11,275,8258Focus
11Here Comes the Boom$91,390--243-9$376$43,910,75613Sony / Columbia
12Not Fade Away$80,117920%565546$142$226,9153Paramount Vantage
13Flight$77,58429%250-150$310$92,311,64110Paramount
14Taken 2$64,18270%213-19$301$139,141,15014Fox
15Red Dawn (2012)$61,82012%252-173$245$43,757,5907FilmDistrict
16Pitch Perfect$42,95551%165-18$260$64,570,05815Universal
17Hitchcock$42,947-30%118-231$364$5,380,3257Fox Searchlight
18Cloud Atlas$30,509794%155110$197$26,831,19811Warner Bros.
19End of Watch$20,12123%140-22$144$40,844,83416Open Road
20Playing For Keeps (2012)$18,535-10%139-129$133$12,816,9985FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$813,4221007%6055$13,557$2,523,5543Sony / Columbia
2To the Arctic 3D$27,7053%520$533$10,612,83038Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$27,06328%98-27$276$17,425,35316Lionsgate / Summit
4The Sessions$14,45612%41-39$353$5,589,44712Fox Searchlight
5Killing Them Softly$12,99693%51-17$255$14,876,8206Weinstein Company
6A Late Quartet$11,3816%23-14$495$1,328,66310Entertainment One / RKO
7Born to Be Wild 3D$10,37212%300$346$21,670,72492Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$10,12631%53-9$191$161,179,08826Fox
9The Intouchables$4,56643%110$415$13,149,68633Weinstein Company
10Talaash$1,70557%8-8$213$2,865,5156Reliance Entertainment
11The Master$1,452-52%12-1$121$15,970,92517Weinstein Company
12Arbitrage$720-16%4-3$180$7,914,15717Roadside Attractions
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$260--1--$260$86,42814Roadside Attractions