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, Jan. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$1,847,754-24%2,9372877$629$36,514,0094Sony / Columbia
2Gangster Squad$1,355,261-28%3,103--$437$21,818,0471Warner Bros.
3Django Unchained$1,076,062-23%3,0122$357$129,072,6033Weinstein Company
4Les Miserables (2012)$878,555-22%2,92723$300$121,606,7453Universal
5A Haunted House$777,002-20%2,160--$360$20,831,1481Open Road
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$638,323-22%3,012-743$212$280,327,3935Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$590,361-18%2,027126$291$154,532,27510Disney / DreamWorks
8Jack Reacher$359,981-22%2,707-581$133$73,805,1414Paramount
9This is 40$336,385-22%2,320-611$145$62,544,4754Universal
10Parental Guidance$320,959-24%2,957-411$109$61,680,1223Fox
11Texas Chainsaw 3D$295,371-26%2,6595$111$31,922,5722Lionsgate
12The Guilt Trip$147,116-21%1,606-706$92$34,931,9944Paramount
13Promised Land (2012)$127,953-17%1,647-29$78$7,278,4723Focus
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$84,714-10%1,127-976$75$30,846,6694Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$648,608-14%81065$801$43,305,6329Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$236,065-28%757-208$312$95,598,9178Fox
3Argo$207,495-13%621319$334$112,315,08614Warner Bros.
4The Impossible$199,620-20%808236$247$7,492,8714Lionsgate / Summit
5Skyfall$126,801-22%823-484$154$299,754,72910Sony / Columbia
6Hyde Park on Hudson$62,618-5%24624$255$4,376,0636Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$49,094-11%542-283$91$290,330,2689Lionsgate / Summit
8Rise of The Guardians$43,066-10%905-602$48$98,889,6628Paramount / DreamWorks
9Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$42,850-17%430-387$100$11,904,3174Paramount
10Wreck-It Ralph$31,065-3%476-233$65$179,474,83811Disney
11Anna Karenina (2012)$29,894-11%144-19$208$12,038,9399Focus
12Flight$14,715-20%150-100$98$92,788,96311Paramount
13Hitchcock$13,436-6%1279$106$5,691,7438Fox Searchlight
14Taken 2$12,273-3%190-23$65$139,536,33815Fox
15Cloud Atlas$8,568-12%1627$53$27,054,60512Warner Bros.
16Red Dawn (2012)$8,560-14%225-27$38$44,063,3848FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$6,8950%154-11$45$64,820,34316Universal
18The Perks of Being A Wallflower$6,6144%1002$66$17,600,93817Lionsgate / Summit
19Not Fade Away$5,879-8%177-388$33$591,9284Paramount Vantage
20End of Watch$4,9932%111-29$45$40,998,02917Open Road
21Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,047-23%107-32$28$12,913,7596FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$7,148-2%5413$132$5,742,39113Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$6,588-2%520$127$10,778,99439Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Quartet$5,597-13%2--$2,799$65,6391Weinstein Company
4The Master$5,3345%164$333$16,022,45118Weinstein Company
5A Late Quartet$4,20716%17-6$247$1,420,84711Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$2,5712%31-20$83$14,945,5417Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,105-53%300$70$21,738,34893Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,70511%48-5$36$161,244,69627Fox
9The Intouchables$1,67119%121$139$13,183,95234Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$238-41%40$60$7,919,17618Roadside Attractions