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, Apr. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$3,277,554-15%4,06519$806$101,037,5482Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,988,366-26%3,719--$804$62,557,0151Paramount
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,370,554-25%2,047--$670$27,057,1161Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$1,369,079-17%3,1068$441$59,593,2762FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,326,831-15%3,324-481$399$203,119,4024Disney
6The Host (2013)$795,309-23%3,202--$248$13,629,3011Open Road
7The Call$528,613-19%2,439-68$217$41,442,4023Sony / TriStar
8Admission$363,163-17%2,1611$168$12,929,1532Focus
9Spring Breakers$291,740-28%1,379275$212$11,163,9973A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$156,167-12%1,575-1585$99$21,167,2823Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$119,020-8%1,082-1084$110$130,305,6258Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$112,388-17%1,080-1480$104$61,821,4835Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$96,120-4%752-292$128$129,013,22020Weinstein Company
2Quartet$57,949-8%302-123$192$16,771,12612Weinstein Company
3Safe Haven$55,521-6%550-729$101$69,991,1077Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$54,540-11%977-517$56$54,119,6827Weinstein Company
5Life of Pi$52,582-14%340-149$155$123,503,10019Fox
6Snitch (2013)$47,525-9%746-1061$64$41,507,5276Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$33,192-25%344-790$96$25,078,6295Relativity Media
8Django Unchained$22,362-4%233-63$96$162,386,89814Weinstein Company
9Stoker$21,862-12%194-81$113$1,541,9285Fox Searchlight
10Emperor$20,4724%138-99$148$2,949,9184Roadside Attractions
11Argo$18,851-19%26075$73$135,791,81525Warner Bros.
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$18,068-17%202-7$89$55,281,19310Paramount
13A Good Day to Die Hard$17,051-22%209-239$82$66,611,5427Fox
14Warm Bodies$15,287-6%162-137$94$65,297,0789Lionsgate / Summit
15Rise of The Guardians$15,035-7%134-28$112$103,343,06919Paramount / DreamWorks
16Parental Guidance$14,876-9%140-45$106$76,945,68414Fox
17Side Effects (2013)$12,778-7%102-123$125$31,274,1798Open Road
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$9,637-6%145-90$66$302,880,83516Warner Bros. / New Line
19Mama$9,225-6%123-7$75$71,618,35511Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$7,630-13%109-20$70$148,801,07514Universal
21Dark Skies$6,565-9%101-104$65$17,151,8556Weinstein / Dimension
22Beautiful Creatures (2013)$5,897-10%115-73$51$19,417,4547Warner Bros.
23The Last Exorcism Part II$5,135-6%102-353$50$15,171,4085CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$26,4431%4--$6,611$363,0311Focus
2From Up on Poppy Hill$13,7000%2519$548$326,9073GKIDS
3To the Arctic 3D$11,947-21%520$230$11,961,75850Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$9,29711%300$310$22,386,776104Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Girl Rising$8,98041%3932$230$544,0594Gathr Films
6Himmatwala$8,929-36%99--$90$233,9931UTV Motion Pictures
7The Impossible$6,699-6%86-37$78$18,840,15115Lionsgate / Summit
8The Sapphires$5,680-21%128$473$145,7962Weinstein Company
9Starbuck$4,848-32%1714$285$3,543,2522eOne Films US
10Dead Man Down$2,679-33%75-537$36$10,774,8704FilmDistrict
11Parker$1,7325%36-19$48$17,614,82410FilmDistrict
12Bless Me, Ultima$1,60017%11-10$145$1,550,9526Arenas Entertainment
13The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,0266%7-21$147$366,8315Methinx Entertainment
14Gangster Squad$967-1%500$19$45,999,96512Warner Bros.
15Camp (2013)$73564%6-11$123$105,9096Freestyle Releasing
16Kai Po Che$563-8%5-13$113$1,117,8906UTV Motion Pictures