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 Tue, Apr. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$2,521,37113%3,003--$840$32,240,3251Warner Bros.
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$897,59429%3,535-199$254$104,112,4333Paramount
3The Croods$858,34419%3,689-190$233$144,017,5804Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Evil Dead$845,25114%3,0250$279$43,119,0212Sony / TriStar
5Scary Movie 5$813,29828%3,402--$239$15,607,0921Weinstein / Dimension
6Jurassic Park 3D$750,06026%2,7787$270$33,318,6002Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$724,33728%2,935-124$247$83,147,7074FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$383,65918%2,504-401$153$220,090,7406Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$364,84812%1,805-242$202$46,114,3003Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$220,03428%2,172-1030$101$23,820,4193Open Road
11The Call$197,44637%1,630-372$121$48,915,6415Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$441,92731%514484$860$6,019,7473Focus
2Trance$100,64420%438434$230$1,255,6662Fox Searchlight
3Admission$95,09037%909-498$105$16,959,8344Focus
4Spring Breakers$66,07050%426-646$155$13,639,4535A24
5Identity Thief$47,94022%564-157$85$132,109,43010Universal
6Silver Linings Playbook$41,93429%451-73$93$130,408,16622Weinstein Company
7Quartet$31,09431%224-28$139$17,632,46514Weinstein Company
8Jack the Giant Slayer$29,14634%331-171$88$63,009,1507Warner Bros. / New Line
9Life of Pi$24,51134%217-52$113$124,322,52021Fox
10Safe Haven$19,56449%277-83$71$70,637,3909Relativity Media
11Warm Bodies$18,23710%279-8$65$65,932,90211Lionsgate / Summit
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$15,32216%274-261$56$22,157,9315Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Good Day to Die Hard$14,61729%210-15$70$67,032,7059Fox
14Snitch (2013)$13,20752%215-89$61$42,010,8438Lionsgate / Summit
15Escape From Planet Earth$12,42223%276-156$45$54,682,6219Weinstein Company
1621 And Over$10,58729%107-73$99$25,450,4657Relativity Media
17Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$8,9049%154-26$58$55,604,17812Paramount
18Django Unchained$8,54627%126-57$68$162,706,83716Weinstein Company
19Argo$4,40923%1720$26$135,994,91727Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$27,62527%9333$297$833,7394Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$22,93086%480$478$704,1576Gathr Films
3From Up on Poppy Hill$9,77910%498$200$627,6575GKIDS
4Emperor$7,89331%96-24$82$3,233,0696Roadside Attractions
5Side Effects (2013)$6,88248%53-27$130$31,490,92110Open Road
6The Impossible$6,56749%77-3$85$19,007,72317Lionsgate / Summit
7To the Arctic 3D$6,544123%520$126$12,132,99952Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Not Today$5,669-5%41--$138$107,9611Freestyle Releasing
9Dead Man Down$4,10835%94-52$44$10,888,0696FilmDistrict
10Born to Be Wild 3D$3,658261%300$122$22,462,500106Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Starbuck$3,30529%321$103$3,664,6964eOne Films US
12Camp (2013)$3,19215%2113$152$175,0048Freestyle Releasing
13Parental Guidance$2,96531%90-20$33$77,124,20416Fox
14Stoker$2,45819%30-59$82$1,677,0257Fox Searchlight
15Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$1,950-1%13-3$150$114,5752CodeBlack Films
16The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,83210%55-22$33$302,978,57318Warner Bros. / New Line
17Dark Skies$1,678-17%25-3$67$17,221,5548Weinstein / Dimension
18Settai$1,669103%15-18$111$79,1552UTV Motion Pictures
19Kai Po Che$3620%1-1$36$1,120,8518UTV Motion Pictures
20Himmatwala$18-63%3-58$6$270,6443UTV Motion Pictures