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 Thu, Jun. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Now You See Me$3,061,4563%2,925--$1,047$41,874,0241Lionsgate / Summit
2Fast & Furious 6$2,836,4501%3,68628$770$183,185,6952Universal
3Epic$1,990,04026%3,89412$511$72,054,5562Fox
4Star Trek Into Darkness$1,758,7218%3,585-322$491$188,440,4393Paramount
5After Earth$1,732,184-1%3,401--$509$35,391,5691Sony / Columbia
6The Hangover Part III$1,415,498-7%3,56510$397$94,993,9562Warner Bros.
7Iron Man 3$898,08011%2,895-529$310$388,529,6655Disney
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$844,0141%2,635-455$320$131,945,1184Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$146,9643%579-133$254$17,427,4956Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$103,20123%506-502$204$180,924,03811Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$65,49221%501-414$131$92,560,7798Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$39,0954%357-215$110$88,226,4507Universal
5Escape From Planet Earth$37,74834%268-78$141$56,441,21116Weinstein Company
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$35,70511%286-60$125$121,719,02710Paramount
7Pain and Gain$14,994-4%207-796$72$49,115,7386Paramount
8Identity Thief$13,570-4%150-37$90$134,506,92017Universal
9Olympus Has Fallen$12,9498%149-60$87$97,913,86111FilmDistrict
10The Place Beyond the Pines$12,55312%103-25$122$21,182,83410Focus
11Jack the Giant Slayer$10,50429%143-42$73$65,144,84414Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Big Wedding$9,148-4%126-139$73$21,323,4156Lionsgate
13Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$4,894-20%121-364$40$9,063,8084Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$17,9572%7410$243$963,4836Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$15,47011%30-33$516$1,378,85713Gathr Films
3Stories We Tell$12,5744%3913$322$949,4034Roadside Attractions
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,3854%381$194$416,6285eOne Films US
5The Sapphires$7,331-2%58-3$126$2,236,21011Weinstein Company
6The East$7,095-10%4--$1,774$107,4111Fox Searchlight
7To the Arctic 3D$6,104-16%520$117$12,718,96859Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Kings of Summer$5,6240%4--$1,406$81,6081CBS Films
9Born to Be Wild 3D$5,397-24%300$180$22,747,283113Warner Bros. / IMAX
10We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$5,2392%117$476$92,4502Focus World
11Not Today$3,412-8%1813$190$255,7978Freestyle Releasing
12Scary Movie 5$2,110-8%51-120$41$31,419,6068Weinstein / Dimension
13Spring Breakers$2,007-10%40-30$50$14,122,75012A24
14From Up on Poppy Hill$1,83345%12-12$153$988,58012GKIDS
15Quartet$1,4868%17-13$87$18,267,75621Weinstein Company
16Silver Linings Playbook$1,047-9%23-12$46$132,092,95829Weinstein Company
17Admission$721-21%12-14$60$18,007,31711Focus
18Emperor$69222%6-2$115$3,343,98513Roadside Attractions
19A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$14924%10$149$18,2972Rialto Pictures
20The Painting (2013)$124288%1-5$124$21,0114GKIDS