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 Sat, Mar. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$18,221,99160%3,9120$4,658$132,409,7622Disney
2The Call$6,844,21211%2,507--$2,730$13,024,7651Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$4,115,98211%3,160--$1,303$7,824,6601Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$2,774,63358%3,357-168$827$52,228,4353Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$2,032,03051%2,842-160$715$122,568,8456Universal
6Snitch (2013)$1,552,64248%2,35313$660$36,356,3794Lionsgate / Summit
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,192,02259%1,602-125$744$123,970,03118Weinstein Company
8Safe Haven$1,090,41829%2,206-335$494$66,395,9325Relativity Media
921 And Over$1,070,48713%2,424-347$442$21,264,2333Relativity Media
10Escape From Planet Earth$1,003,01059%2,211-338$454$51,471,0905Weinstein Company
11Dead Man Down$877,09138%2,1880$401$8,762,2552FilmDistrict
12The Last Exorcism Part II$589,87931%1,575-1125$375$14,145,5553CBS Films
13A Good Day to Die Hard$512,98153%1,117-608$459$65,163,0475Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$560,80171%646-25$868$121,009,71817Fox
2Quartet$412,09555%688-27$599$14,574,30010Weinstein Company
3Emperor$279,02052%31150$897$1,865,5352Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$254,13370%402-200$632$30,342,5486Open Road
5Warm Bodies$249,13234%659-393$378$64,445,7607Lionsgate / Summit
6Argo$243,93371%540-201$452$135,055,73323Warner Bros.
7Dark Skies$241,80428%703-802$344$16,532,7754Weinstein / Dimension
8Zero Dark Thirty$202,30568%450-72$450$95,205,30113Sony / Columbia
9Lincoln$181,73066%46634$390$181,303,95919Disney / DreamWorks
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$142,23463%305-32$466$302,304,67514Warner Bros. / New Line
11Django Unchained$127,56751%266-70$480$161,512,79212Weinstein Company
12Les Miserables (2012)$89,17064%241-45$370$148,425,37012Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$72,38743%213-62$340$102,954,07917Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$63,39722%2223$286$76,506,36512Fox
15Mama$62,22536%204-10$305$71,290,6509Universal
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$42,49348%130-95$327$54,652,1428Paramount
17The Impossible$36,40143%105-9$347$18,592,42813Lionsgate / Summit
18Jack Reacher$34,95039%130-64$269$80,014,17913Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$32,81049%125-156$262$19,156,3575Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$110,02835%9477$1,171$572,0573Fox Searchlight
2From Up on Poppy Hill$26,886179%2--$13,443$36,5281GKIDS
3Parker$24,12344%9258$262$17,518,6968FilmDistrict
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$23,16728%45-11$515$298,5353Methinx Entertainment
5To the Arctic 3D$22,397-3%520$431$11,678,31848Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Kai Po Che$20,21257%42-29$481$1,069,3714UTV Motion Pictures
7Bless Me, Ultima$19,20759%45-7$427$1,448,6104Arenas Entertainment
8Born to Be Wild 3D$13,835-20%300$461$22,198,456102Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Gangster Squad$13,34627%50-40$267$45,910,96710Warner Bros.
10Hyde Park on Hudson$10,33664%31-8$333$6,330,96915Focus
11Camp (2013)$6,683-53%1511$446$60,0564Freestyle Releasing
12Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,260--10$1,260$98,63624Roadside Attractions