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 Sat, Jun. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$10,460,880-38%2,536--$4,125$27,236,5201Universal
2Fast & Furious 6$8,202,50535%3,77185$2,175$197,476,6153Universal
3Now You See Me$7,731,87327%3,02095$2,560$55,670,8202Lionsgate / Summit
4The Internship$6,646,8163%3,366--$1,975$13,120,0571Fox
5Star Trek Into Darkness$4,935,52453%3,152-433$1,566$196,606,3754Paramount
6Epic$4,921,46636%3,594-300$1,369$80,604,8753Fox
7After Earth$4,440,37133%3,4010$1,306$43,177,3912Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$3,077,78531%3,242-323$949$100,418,2513Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$2,482,60546%2,351-544$1,056$392,707,3036Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,744,40129%2,160-475$808$135,046,7945Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$516,81457%5801$891$18,274,2147Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$300,52633%414-92$726$181,450,33412Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$159,93953%370-131$432$92,825,3929Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$108,90543%298-59$365$88,411,3458Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$81,81543%23687$347$98,052,79912FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$74,22049%236-50$314$121,843,09111Paramount
7Pain and Gain$44,87845%175-32$256$49,191,6607Paramount
8Escape From Planet Earth$39,14020%182-86$215$56,512,84717Weinstein Company
9Evil Dead$38,52242%171131$225$54,210,77110Sony / TriStar
10The Place Beyond the Pines$32,14754%13431$240$21,235,89111Focus
11Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$27,36864%1309$211$9,107,8875Lionsgate
12Quartet$14,03740%11497$123$18,291,80922Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The East$107,47772%4137$2,621$277,3852Fox Searchlight
2The Kings of Summer$90,77947%4440$2,063$234,2062CBS Films
3Stories We Tell$64,98261%7031$928$1,054,6705Roadside Attractions
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$62,460-12%5--$12,492$133,4441Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$48,86756%751$652$1,043,6817Weinstein Company
6The Call$28,36234%91-47$312$51,853,57613Sony / TriStar
7The Big Wedding$22,08540%92-34$240$21,361,2217Lionsgate
8The Sapphires$19,127109%55-3$348$2,264,48712Weinstein Company
9We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$16,34572%2514$654$118,2753Focus World
10Lost and Found in Armenia$15,052-12%9--$1,672$32,2141High Top Releasing
11To the Arctic 3D$14,27745%520$275$12,743,07660Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Wish You Were Here (2013)$11,86872%11--$1,079$18,7741eOne Films US
13Jack the Giant Slayer$11,70951%58-85$202$65,164,32615Warner Bros. / New Line
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$10,66675%29-9$368$433,3736eOne Films US
15Not Today$7,571-11%191$398$271,8659Freestyle Releasing
16Scary Movie 5$6,15356%510$121$31,429,7069Weinstein / Dimension
17Born to Be Wild 3D$4,125-26%300$138$22,756,977114Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Tiger Eyes$3,267-36%17--$192$8,3691Freestyle Releasing
19Camp (2013)$2,219--0----$319,35016Freestyle Releasing
20From Up on Poppy Hill$2,091103%10-2$209$991,69813GKIDS
21Hello Herman$1,376-38%15--$92$3,5821Freestyle Releasing
22Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$890456%31$297$2,4202Cinema Purgatorio
23Emperor$48146%5-1$96$3,344,79514Roadside Attractions
24Spring Breakers$374-4%5-35$75$14,123,51413A24