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, Mar. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,692,504-18%3,9120$688$152,945,9402Disney
2The Call$1,170,623-25%2,507--$467$21,102,2891Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$671,181-25%3,160--$212$12,486,9051Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$501,199-19%3,357-168$149$55,616,1253Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$396,990-10%2,842-160$140$124,799,6506Universal
621 And Over$288,024-19%2,424-347$119$22,856,9793Relativity Media
7Snitch (2013)$278,625-15%2,35313$118$38,132,9114Lionsgate / Summit
8Silver Linings Playbook$270,057-4%1,602-125$169$125,339,82018Weinstein Company
9Dead Man Down$233,154-18%2,1880$107$10,117,3582FilmDistrict
10Safe Haven$213,842-10%2,206-335$97$67,558,4955Relativity Media
11Escape From Planet Earth$174,443-13%2,211-338$79$52,715,3815Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$123,325-4%1,117-608$110$65,827,3485Fox
13The Last Exorcism Part II$74,699-15%1,575-1125$47$14,623,7893CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$138,3013%688-27$201$15,210,92810Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$123,676-15%646-25$191$121,720,45017Fox
3Emperor$78,111-1%31150$251$2,253,4712Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$60,280-11%402-200$150$30,659,8736Open Road
5Argo$50,441-7%540-201$93$135,334,28023Warner Bros.
6Warm Bodies$49,255-6%659-393$75$64,731,1927Lionsgate / Summit
7Lincoln$46,679-10%46634$100$181,548,49119Disney / DreamWorks
8Dark Skies$42,336-18%703-802$60$16,786,4294Weinstein / Dimension
9Zero Dark Thirty$41,424-8%450-72$92$95,440,19513Sony / Columbia
10Django Unchained$35,586-11%266-70$134$161,692,19412Weinstein Company
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$31,509-4%305-32$103$302,485,95814Warner Bros. / New Line
12Les Miserables (2012)$24,220-4%241-45$100$148,549,50512Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$16,257-11%213-62$76$103,055,09517Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$14,016-10%2223$63$76,586,07312Fox
15Mama$12,140-9%204-10$60$71,364,0809Universal
16The Impossible$11,921-7%105-9$114$18,646,96713Lionsgate / Summit
17Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$11,181-13%130-95$86$54,713,1748Paramount
18Jack Reacher$9,171-9%130-64$71$80,061,78713Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$7,630-14%125-156$61$19,197,5105Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$30,785-23%9477$328$744,3083Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$10,366-32%520$199$11,720,65048Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$8,54461%300$285$22,227,548102Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Bless Me, Ultima$7,24524%45-7$161$1,484,1674Arenas Entertainment
5Parker$6,158-17%9258$67$17,556,8598FilmDistrict
6Hyde Park on Hudson$5,50529%31-8$178$6,349,16815Focus
7Gangster Squad$4,432-9%50-40$89$45,933,87310Warner Bros.
8From Up on Poppy Hill$3,4062%2--$1,703$68,2731GKIDS
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,34212%45-11$74$321,2213Methinx Entertainment
10Girl Rising$2,760-82%10-3$276$409,2762Gathr Films
11Kai Po Che$2,539-2%42-29$60$1,086,8754UTV Motion Pictures
12Camp (2013)$2,35523%1511$157$71,2834Freestyle Releasing