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. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$1,471,725-21%3,16524$465$78,083,3302Universal
2A Good Day to Die Hard$1,468,682-30%3,553--$413$40,453,8881Fox
3Safe Haven$1,260,265-23%3,223--$391$36,205,6811Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$860,024-34%3,288--$262$23,263,0981Weinstein Company
5Silver Linings Playbook$513,573-10%2,202-607$233$100,870,10214Weinstein Company
6Side Effects (2013)$493,057-22%2,6050$189$21,241,5032Open Road
7Warm Bodies$487,570-26%2,897-112$168$52,915,3553Lionsgate / Summit
8Beautiful Creatures (2013)$443,356-27%2,950--$150$12,535,1451Warner Bros.
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$260,353-22%2,103-1182$124$51,000,0904Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$254,711-3%1,527-1035$167$89,047,4009Sony / Columbia
11Mama$156,425-14%1,648-1029$95$68,899,6455Universal
12Lincoln$150,921-6%1,007-510$150$176,962,54615Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$146,363-9%1,017-485$144$157,656,7128Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$176,023-4%33389$529$7,560,4826Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$171,510-13%647-277$265$111,745,02313Fox
3Argo$171,309-12%903-502$190$127,654,18819Warner Bros.
4Les Miserables (2012)$94,640-10%676-771$140$145,963,8458Universal
5The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$73,468-17%605-396$121$300,322,89110Warner Bros. / New Line
6Wreck-It Ralph$61,689-9%506-251$122$185,965,66216Disney
7Parker$48,728-23%705-1299$69$17,197,3334FilmDistrict
8The Impossible$46,339-20%422-317$110$17,716,1949Lionsgate / Summit
9Parental Guidance$43,032-11%603-616$71$75,435,3438Fox
10Rise of The Guardians$32,726-17%33863$97$101,612,56113Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bullet to the Head$25,700-12%470-1934$55$9,333,7803Warner Bros.
12A Haunted House$23,658-6%340-573$70$39,640,1766Open Road
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$22,709-11%25494$89$291,887,11514Lionsgate / Summit
14Gangster Squad$19,444-23%210-732$93$45,436,2026Warner Bros.
15Stand Up Guys$12,630-15%119-551$106$3,214,9873Lionsgate / Roadside
16Jack Reacher$11,600-1%175-132$66$79,383,8519Paramount
17Broken City$9,293-19%133-622$70$19,525,4185Fox
18This is 40$8,350-9%167-111$50$67,467,0409Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$10,9599%86-44$127$6,051,75011Focus
2Top Gun 3D$10,026-4%40-260$251$3,006,5932Paramount
3To the Arctic 3D$7,965-25%520$153$11,320,97344Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Guilt Trip$6,4927%88-137$74$36,817,8849Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$5,38125%300$179$22,011,85798Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Texas Chainsaw 3D$4,802-7%96-89$50$34,308,1737Lionsgate
7Anna Karenina (2012)$3,742-34%51-40$73$12,781,01814Focus
8ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$3,305-27%22-3$150$199,8492UTV Motion Pictures
9Hitchcock$2,448136%14-22$175$5,948,06313Fox Searchlight
10The Last Stand$2,035-22%54-185$38$11,968,8965Lionsgate
11Red Dawn (2012)$1,850-7%56-49$33$44,804,55213FilmDistrict
12The Sessions$1,80719%16-2$113$5,960,80118Fox Searchlight
13Movie 43$1,7654%35-742$50$8,785,4284Relativity Media
14A Late Quartet$1,5507%131$119$1,538,15416Entertainment One / RKO
15Race 2$1,001-59%11-52$91$1,575,0354UTV Motion Pictures
16Playing For Keeps (2012)$644-7%23-58$28$13,102,47811FilmDistrict
17Taken 2$361-20%16-19$23$139,853,78420Fox
18The Package (2013)$40-2%1--$40$1,3591Anchor Bay Films