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 Sun, Apr. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$5,825,646-34%3,879-186$1,502$125,351,8963Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$5,555,846-38%3,73415$1,488$86,438,4492Paramount
3Evil Dead$5,093,289-42%3,025--$1,684$25,775,8471Sony / TriStar
4Jurassic Park 3D$4,585,025-35%2,771--$1,655$18,620,1451Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$2,717,776-37%3,059-47$888$71,236,6333FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$2,299,787-48%2,0470$1,123$38,469,1462Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,105,023-39%2,905-419$725$212,606,9525Disney
8The Host (2013)$1,162,395-47%3,2020$363$19,624,3282Open Road
9The Call$857,651-43%2,002-437$428$45,481,3414Sony / TriStar
10Admission$430,181-50%1,407-754$306$15,265,5963Focus
11Spring Breakers$306,197-33%1,072-307$286$12,616,7644A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$180,250-50%721-361$250$131,232,3359Universal
2Jack the Giant Slayer$141,587-38%502-578$282$62,469,8306Warner Bros. / New Line
3Silver Linings Playbook$141,053-48%524-228$269$129,725,11721Weinstein Company
4The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$122,093-41%535-1040$228$21,807,5014Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$103,169-35%252-50$409$17,200,54613Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$98,071-35%269-71$365$123,920,58320Fox
7Warm Bodies$69,374-41%287125$242$65,584,01810Lionsgate / Summit
8Escape From Planet Earth$67,424-38%432-545$156$54,440,4648Weinstein Company
9Safe Haven$56,518-52%360-190$157$70,327,9528Relativity Media
10Snitch (2013)$53,972-45%304-442$178$41,784,3317Lionsgate / Summit
11A Good Day to Die Hard$43,019-40%22516$191$66,795,6508Fox
1221 And Over$38,581-47%180-164$214$25,279,2336Relativity Media
13Django Unchained$37,001-36%183-50$202$162,549,16215Weinstein Company
14Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$36,221-42%180-22$201$55,439,52111Paramount
15Emperor$35,490-32%120-18$296$3,109,8845Roadside Attractions
16Argo$22,721-38%172-88$132$135,897,80026Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$15,245-27%14671$104$10,828,6785FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$14,933-60%110-30$136$77,045,46215Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$213,434-24%3026$7,114$1,089,4092Focus
2The Sapphires$75,669-45%6048$1,261$443,9823Weinstein Company
3From Up on Poppy Hill$39,355-28%4116$960$472,4904GKIDS
4Trance$34,042-43%4--$8,511$131,1451Fox Searchlight
5Side Effects (2013)$25,036-50%80-22$313$31,391,4839Open Road
6Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$19,739-15%16--$1,234$69,3061CodeBlack Films
7Stoker$17,075-35%89-105$192$1,628,3786Fox Searchlight
8The Impossible$16,441-27%80-6$206$18,907,06916Lionsgate / Summit
9Rise of The Guardians$14,606-14%89-45$164$103,400,69220Paramount / DreamWorks
10To the Arctic 3D$13,957-18%520$268$12,026,92551Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Starbuck$13,736-50%3114$443$3,605,6063eOne Films US
12Settai$12,156-45%33--$368$52,3861UTV Motion Pictures
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$10,104-41%77-68$131$302,932,62417Warner Bros. / New Line
14Born to Be Wild 3D$6,977-33%300$233$22,425,536105Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Himmatwala$6,730-32%61-38$110$262,5682UTV Motion Pictures
16Beautiful Creatures (2013)$5,190-42%55-60$94$19,445,2178Warner Bros.
17Dark Skies$3,975-53%28-73$142$17,178,1667Weinstein / Dimension
18Camp (2013)$3,701-12%82$463$128,5637Freestyle Releasing
19Girl Rising$2,379-61%63$397$589,7135Gathr Films
20Bless Me, Ultima$2,188-8%6-5$365$1,559,5567Arenas Entertainment
21The Playroom$1,057-35%12--$88$3,9001Freestyle Releasing
22Down the Shore$966-41%2--$483$4,8081Anchor Bay Films
23Kai Po Che$401-29%2-3$201$1,119,8767UTV Motion Pictures
24The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$180-58%2-5$90$370,2896Methinx Entertainment