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, Jun. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$6,821,840-35%2,536--$2,690$34,058,3601Universal
2Fast & Furious 6$5,335,965-35%3,77185$1,415$202,812,5803Universal
3Now You See Me$5,244,094-32%3,02095$1,736$60,914,9142Lionsgate / Summit
4The Internship$4,205,250-37%3,366--$1,249$17,325,3071Fox
5Epic$3,325,684-32%3,594-300$925$83,930,5593Fox
6Star Trek Into Darkness$3,259,819-34%3,152-433$1,034$199,866,1944Paramount
7After Earth$2,926,418-34%3,4010$860$46,103,8092Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$1,919,119-38%3,242-323$592$102,337,3703Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$1,576,023-37%2,351-544$670$394,283,3266Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,120,733-36%2,160-475$519$136,167,5275Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$315,539-39%5801$544$18,589,7537Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$198,673-34%414-92$480$181,649,00712Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$99,562-38%370-131$269$92,924,9549Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$62,580-43%298-59$210$88,473,9258Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$57,913-29%23687$245$98,110,71212FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$57,028-23%236-50$242$121,900,11911Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$35,508-9%182-86$195$56,548,35517Weinstein Company
8Evil Dead$29,085-24%171131$170$54,239,85610Sony / TriStar
9Pain and Gain$24,179-46%175-32$138$49,215,8397Paramount
10The Place Beyond the Pines$19,590-39%13431$146$21,255,48111Focus
11Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$15,947-42%1309$123$9,123,8345Lionsgate
12Quartet$10,320-26%11497$91$18,302,12922Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$60,275-34%4440$1,370$294,4812CBS Films
2The East$58,617-45%4137$1,430$336,0022Fox Searchlight
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$38,499-38%5--$7,700$171,9431Roadside Attractions
4Stories We Tell$36,990-43%7031$528$1,091,6605Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$32,859-33%751$438$1,076,5407Weinstein Company
6The Call$18,802-34%91-47$207$51,872,37813Sony / TriStar
7Lost and Found in Armenia$17,61517%9--$1,957$49,8291High Top Releasing
8The Big Wedding$12,732-42%92-34$138$21,373,9537Lionsgate
9The Sapphires$11,750-39%55-3$214$2,276,23712Weinstein Company
10To the Arctic 3D$11,397-20%520$219$12,754,47360Warner Bros. / IMAX
11We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$10,416-36%2514$417$128,6913Focus World
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$8,403-21%29-9$290$441,7766eOne Films US
13Jack the Giant Slayer$7,534-36%58-85$130$65,171,86015Warner Bros. / New Line
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$7,163-40%11--$651$25,9371eOne Films US
15Not Today$6,639-12%191$349$278,5049Freestyle Releasing
16Scary Movie 5$4,145-33%510$81$31,433,8519Weinstein / Dimension
17Born to Be Wild 3D$3,264-21%300$109$22,760,241114Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Tiger Eyes$2,505-23%17--$147$10,8741Freestyle Releasing
19Hello Herman$2,40375%15--$160$5,9851Freestyle Releasing
20From Up on Poppy Hill$1,812-13%10-2$181$993,51013GKIDS
21Emperor$5249%5-1$105$3,345,31914Roadside Attractions
22Spring Breakers$259-31%5-35$52$14,123,77313A24
23Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$92-90%31$31$2,5122Cinema Purgatorio