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, May. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$5,327,026-21%3,868--$1,377$103,773,2881Paramount
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$2,311,274-19%3,55015$651$98,568,3632Warner Bros.
3Iron Man 3$2,256,761-18%4,237-16$533$345,876,9813Disney
4Pain and Gain$261,810-33%2,429-874$108$47,767,7404Paramount
542 (2013)$255,364-4%2,380-550$107$89,590,3006Warner Bros.
6The Croods$209,218-7%2,373-277$88$177,804,1009Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Oblivion (2013)$206,750-20%2,077-693$100$86,312,1305Universal
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$136,021-33%2,0410$67$8,384,2222Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$130,538-28%1,443-855$90$20,782,0424Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$235,681-9%960108$246$12,389,1154Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$53,2951%535-239$100$231,520,56511Disney
3Olympus Has Fallen$43,339-20%466-370$93$97,484,3899FilmDistrict
4The Place Beyond the Pines$36,424-25%317-352$115$20,759,1468Focus
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$31,1809%409-341$76$120,614,6658Paramount
6Scary Movie 5$22,264-22%508-499$44$31,285,7426Weinstein / Dimension
7Escape From Planet Earth$20,920-7%693439$30$55,681,51114Weinstein Company
8Jurassic Park 3D$19,465-17%428-225$45$45,367,9457Universal
9Jack the Giant Slayer$16,214-10%250-31$65$64,842,84812Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$14,415-7%241-38$60$134,034,88515Universal
11The Sapphires$11,838-4%102-16$116$2,027,3479Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$10,545-3%231-70$46$26,574,5978Open Road
13Snitch (2013)$7,963-12%153-35$52$42,864,38613Lionsgate / Summit
14Tyler Perry's Temptation$7,383-12%150-128$49$51,872,1738Lionsgate
15Admission$6,5692%129-27$51$17,973,6469Focus
16Silver Linings Playbook$6,249-4%131-192$48$132,046,64027Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$20,458-2%6139$335$480,4494Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$14,540156%37-26$393$1,266,06411Gathr Films
3Stories We Tell$14,0261%2321$610$216,3812Roadside Attractions
4To the Arctic 3D$7,6541%520$147$12,563,59357Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,0544%241$294$210,9063eOne Films US
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,198-48%300$140$22,667,084111Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Quartet$3,65317%42-17$87$18,206,04019Weinstein Company
8Safe Haven$3,601-7%90-34$40$71,334,99314Relativity Media
9Not Today$3,076170%61$513$182,6726Freestyle Releasing
10From Up on Poppy Hill$2,5740%36-1$72$936,87610GKIDS
11Life of Pi$2,422-19%51-19$47$124,871,94426Fox
12Trance$2,086-9%23-17$91$2,301,9487Fox Searchlight
13Dark Skies$1,752-1%323$55$17,417,07413Weinstein / Dimension
14Spring Breakers$1,59218%11-5$145$14,054,58510A24
15Filly Brown$1,563-33%39-53$40$2,773,4945Lionsgate / Pantelion
16A Good Day to Die Hard$1,38072%31-19$45$67,347,93614Fox
17Starbuck$1,281-10%90$142$3,793,3659eOne Films US
18Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$1,073-29%25-18$43$173,1913Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$8139%15--$54$8,6931Freestyle Releasing
20No One Lives$746-11%12-41$62$74,6172Anchor Bay Films
21Emperor$440-16%7-4$63$3,327,95211Roadside Attractions
22Camp (2013)$26426%2-1$132$317,13113Freestyle Releasing
23The Painting (2013)$101-50%10$101$6,7762GKIDS