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. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,173,361-32%3,372--$348$24,032,7461Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$805,040-18%2,641118$305$71,415,81711Weinstein Company
3Zero Dark Thirty$617,815-21%2,929-17$211$71,842,0796Sony / Columbia
4Mama$576,630-25%2,68235$215$50,928,6502Universal
5Parker$490,588-30%2,224--$221$8,746,0941FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$394,513-19%2,007-509$197$147,521,2885Weinstein Company
7Les Miserables (2012)$364,650-18%2,210-369$165$138,696,4955Universal
8Gangster Squad$353,123-22%2,590-513$136$40,886,9043Warner Bros.
9Broken City$322,024-26%2,6222$123$16,352,1502Fox
10Lincoln$310,815-19%1,909-265$163$168,035,65212Disney / DreamWorks
11Movie 43$276,093-27%2,023--$136$5,793,5851Relativity Media
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$220,342-18%1,675-648$132$294,051,4807Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Haunted House$173,610-21%2,002-158$87$36,049,8773Open Road
14The Last Stand$170,872-26%2,9130$59$11,267,2172Lionsgate
15Parental Guidance$121,672-21%1,736-601$70$71,278,3365Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$186,108-15%635-121$293$118,150,56316Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$185,475-24%941-315$197$104,041,23710Fox
3Quartet$151,089-10%163131$927$2,139,4993Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$143,097-22%782-104$183$13,760,4056Lionsgate / Summit
5This is 40$58,305-12%507-725$115$66,496,1056Universal
6Jack Reacher$57,824-16%888-819$65$78,364,3236Paramount
7Race 2$41,973-48%153--$274$1,055,3701UTV Motion Pictures
8Wreck-It Ralph$31,316-13%588-724$53$182,598,61913Disney
9Hyde Park on Hudson$26,686-7%144-50$185$5,391,2258Focus
10The Guilt Trip$24,953-22%352-290$71$36,319,1556Paramount
11Flight$18,425-12%263-37$70$93,509,31113Paramount
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$16,221-4%216-90$75$291,126,79511Lionsgate / Summit
13Rise of The Guardians$14,928-29%305-169$49$100,275,87510Paramount / DreamWorks
14Red Dawn (2012)$10,354-8%205-44$51$44,570,19110FilmDistrict
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$8,592-13%285-1189$30$34,021,0774Lionsgate
16Taken 2$4,377-6%124-32$35$139,774,69717Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$14,924-14%98-19$152$12,478,06011Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$12,14415%520$234$11,014,28341Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$9,716-10%96-169$101$12,406,4576Paramount
4The Master$8,2872%3723$224$16,153,37920Weinstein Company
5The Sessions$5,323-3%620$86$5,882,72915Fox Searchlight
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,25526%300$142$21,838,32295Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Hitchcock$3,471-36%90-32$39$5,870,43710Fox Searchlight
8A Late Quartet$3,30126%10-4$330$1,479,83213Entertainment One / RKO
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,405-4%56-17$43$17,721,11719Lionsgate / Summit
10Pitch Perfect$2,275-16%91-34$25$64,974,55818Universal
11LUV$1,235-32%21-24$59$144,3512Indomina Media
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,233-22%35-23$35$12,956,3748FilmDistrict