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 Mon, Mar. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$6,322,016-71%3,912--$1,616$85,432,4691Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$927,169-67%3,5250$263$44,557,6732Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$585,390-62%3,002-228$195$117,130,4955Universal
421 And Over$575,634-55%2,7710$208$17,450,9932Relativity Media
5Dead Man Down$491,875-63%2,188--$225$5,837,1251FilmDistrict
6Snitch (2013)$441,754-68%2,340-171$189$32,295,1163Lionsgate / Summit
7Escape From Planet Earth$422,630-58%2,549-561$166$48,266,7354Weinstein Company
8Safe Haven$339,063-59%2,541-410$133$63,176,5444Relativity Media
9Silver Linings Playbook$305,885-63%1,727-109$177$120,928,39817Weinstein Company
10The Last Exorcism Part II$244,556-62%2,7000$91$12,374,1952CBS Films
11A Good Day to Die Hard$217,648-63%1,725-864$126$63,585,0794Fox
12Dark Skies$130,766-53%1,505-808$87$15,695,1543Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$108,086-56%1,052-878$103$63,683,4666Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$160,300-64%67145$239$119,527,91416Fox
2Quartet$134,886-59%715-10$189$13,380,5769Weinstein Company
3Emperor$96,531-61%261--$370$1,110,6301Roadside Attractions
4Argo$87,269-64%741-244$118$134,370,19422Warner Bros.
5Side Effects (2013)$76,335-65%602-510$127$29,647,1225Open Road
6Zero Dark Thirty$61,095-64%522-200$117$94,689,46412Sony / Columbia
7Django Unchained$46,319-58%336-647$138$161,146,84511Weinstein Company
8The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$46,165-58%337127$137$301,921,09813Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lincoln$38,107-63%432-220$88$180,872,41818Disney / DreamWorks
10Rise of The Guardians$33,716-53%275-20$123$102,715,04616Paramount / DreamWorks
11Les Miserables (2012)$31,460-62%286-66$110$148,167,68011Universal
12Parental Guidance$22,423-44%219-39$102$76,307,65211Fox
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$19,725-60%225-376$88$54,513,2307Paramount
14Beautiful Creatures (2013)$19,183-61%281-794$68$19,037,4434Warner Bros.
15Mama$17,120-54%214-233$80$71,134,2958Universal
16Jack Reacher$15,293-53%194-31$79$79,907,48312Paramount
17The Impossible$9,397-63%114-37$82$18,495,84612Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$49,40024%24--$2,058$274,6671Gathr Films
2Stoker$10,752-68%1710$632$339,5662Fox Searchlight
3To the Arctic 3D$8,958-48%520$172$11,577,64247Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$7,6559%300$255$22,131,131101Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Bless Me, Ultima$6,928-68%52-131$133$1,394,0233Arenas Entertainment
6Gangster Squad$6,805-59%90-48$76$45,863,9069Warner Bros.
7The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$4,442-73%56-12$79$240,0932Methinx Entertainment
8Kai Po Che$4,279-82%71-33$60$1,018,0173UTV Motion Pictures
9Hyde Park on Hudson$4,006-57%391$103$6,292,22014Focus
10Movie 43$2,867-45%6346$46$8,831,6387Relativity Media
11Camp (2013)$1,889-56%42$472$34,2353Freestyle Releasing
12Parker$1,592-67%34-17$47$17,471,8877FilmDistrict
13Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$1,591-20%1--$1,591$8,4391Rialto Pictures
14Bullet to the Head$1,383-61%34-52$41$9,485,2046Warner Bros.
15Broken City$1,194-59%24-45$50$19,667,4018Fox
16A Late Quartet$137-93%71$20$1,561,71419Entertainment One / RKO
17The Sweeney$42-77%1-10$42$26,3872eOne Films US
18Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$12-75%1--$12$97,32823Roadside Attractions