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, Jan. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,734,25621%3,372--$514$22,859,3851Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$987,63838%2,641118$374$70,610,77711Weinstein Company
3Zero Dark Thirty$780,26222%2,929-17$266$71,224,2646Sony / Columbia
4Mama$765,7108%2,68235$285$50,352,0202Universal
5Parker$704,88330%2,224--$317$8,255,5061FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$485,06920%2,007-509$242$147,126,7755Weinstein Company
7Gangster Squad$451,37026%2,590-513$174$40,533,7813Warner Bros.
8Les Miserables (2012)$443,09029%2,210-369$200$138,331,8455Universal
9Broken City$432,26140%2,6222$165$16,030,1262Fox
10Lincoln$381,83731%1,909-265$200$167,724,83712Disney / DreamWorks
11Movie 43$379,78114%2,023--$188$5,517,4921Relativity Media
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$268,17312%1,675-648$160$293,831,1387Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Last Stand$231,46028%2,9130$79$11,096,3452Lionsgate
14A Haunted House$220,0132%2,002-158$110$35,876,2673Open Road
15Parental Guidance$153,923-2%1,736-601$89$71,156,6645Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$242,54631%941-315$258$103,855,76210Fox
2Argo$218,42223%635-121$344$117,964,45516Warner Bros.
3The Impossible$183,44834%782-104$235$13,617,3086Lionsgate / Summit
4Quartet$168,50240%163131$1,034$1,988,4103Weinstein Company
5Race 2$81,11171%153--$530$1,013,3971UTV Motion Pictures
6Jack Reacher$68,9988%888-819$78$78,306,4996Paramount
7This is 40$65,91037%507-725$130$66,437,8006Universal
8Wreck-It Ralph$36,195-22%588-724$62$182,567,30313Disney
9The Guilt Trip$31,81342%352-290$90$36,294,2026Paramount
10Hyde Park on Hudson$28,67720%144-50$199$5,364,5398Focus
11Rise of The Guardians$21,158-21%305-169$69$100,260,94710Paramount / DreamWorks
12Flight$20,91011%263-37$80$93,490,88613Paramount
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$16,915-6%216-90$78$291,110,57411Lionsgate / Summit
14Red Dawn (2012)$11,2952%205-44$55$44,559,83710FilmDistrict
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$9,87414%285-1189$35$34,012,4854Lionsgate
16Taken 2$4,6606%124-32$38$139,770,32017Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$17,27339%98-19$176$12,463,13611Focus
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$10,75810%96-169$112$12,396,7416Paramount
3To the Arctic 3D$10,544-11%520$203$11,002,13941Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$8,123-8%3723$220$16,145,09220Weinstein Company
5The Sessions$5,483-47%620$88$5,877,40615Fox Searchlight
6Hitchcock$5,41334%90-32$60$5,866,96610Fox Searchlight
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,3655%300$112$21,834,06795Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Pitch Perfect$2,695-1%91-34$30$64,972,28318Universal
9A Late Quartet$2,63025%10-4$263$1,476,53113Entertainment One / RKO
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,5076%56-17$45$17,718,71219Lionsgate / Summit
11LUV$1,817-22%21-24$87$143,1162Indomina Media
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,57460%35-23$45$12,955,1418FilmDistrict