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, Feb. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$1,059,135-26%3,009--$352$24,105,5491Lionsgate / Summit
2Silver Linings Playbook$793,177-13%2,809168$282$82,331,47412Weinstein Company
3Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$770,416-26%3,3753$228$37,352,5342Paramount
4Zero Dark Thirty$463,248-14%2,871-58$161$79,111,1247Sony / Columbia
5Bullet to the Head$363,267-30%2,404--$151$5,866,9151Warner Bros.
6Mama$361,530-21%2,78199$130$59,346,7103Universal
7Parker$336,557-28%2,23814$150$13,675,2112FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$297,725-19%1,777-230$168$151,922,8556Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$244,552-11%1,756-153$139$171,504,04213Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$221,760-17%1,848-362$120$142,197,1306Universal
11Gangster Squad$197,421-22%1,625-965$121$43,744,7764Warner Bros.
12Movie 43$156,433-24%2,0230$77$8,240,7442Relativity Media
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$155,033-20%1,300-375$119$296,696,9708Warner Bros. / New Line
14Broken City$146,568-20%1,786-836$82$18,612,9693Fox
15A Haunted House$109,841-15%1,501-501$73$38,119,3404Open Road
16Parental Guidance$89,890-14%1,480-256$61$73,179,7666Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$212,106-17%935300$227$121,022,40617Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$162,989-19%902-39$181$106,613,38811Fox
3Stand Up Guys$153,338-22%659--$233$1,991,7001Lionsgate / Roadside
4Quartet$152,337-10%20239$754$3,924,6374Weinstein Company
5The Impossible$117,718-24%765-17$154$15,592,8927Lionsgate / Summit
6This is 40$31,705-19%373-134$85$67,031,0207Universal
7Jack Reacher$30,432-15%450-438$68$78,850,2637Paramount
8Wreck-It Ralph$29,5722%66072$45$183,314,81214Disney
9The Last Stand$24,265-22%689-2224$35$11,785,7173Lionsgate
10Hyde Park on Hudson$23,226-8%1440$161$5,672,0629Focus
11The Guilt Trip$18,362-9%291-61$63$36,570,4407Paramount
12Race 2$15,979-46%139-14$115$1,431,2102UTV Motion Pictures
13Flight$12,358-9%200-63$62$93,678,29414Paramount
14Rise of The Guardians$11,601-16%3072$38$105,982,75011Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$11,203-11%189-27$59$291,317,19612Lionsgate / Summit
16Red Dawn (2012)$6,780-13%153-52$44$44,689,39211FilmDistrict
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$6,157-20%148113$42$13,046,9619FilmDistrict
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$3,182-22%121-164$26$34,080,7575Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$11,694-7%90-8$130$12,605,26712Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$6,7442%520$130$11,099,33242Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Master$5,7938%28-9$207$16,218,31721Weinstein Company
4The Sessions$4,21764%29-33$145$5,919,40816Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$3,8146%300$127$21,877,65596Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$3,237-29%50-46$65$12,460,6607Paramount
7Taken 2$3,1171%83-41$38$139,822,53818Fox
8Hitchcock$3,08715%44-46$70$5,900,20511Fox Searchlight
9A Late Quartet$1,206-40%122$101$1,503,07214Entertainment One / RKO
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,0750%37-19$29$17,741,81520Lionsgate / Summit
11Pitch Perfect$815-20%41-50$20$64,993,45819Universal
12LUV$714-26%8-13$89$154,1423Indomina Media
13Girls Against Boys$3641%2--$182$7,2681Anchor Bay Films