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, Jun. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$2,686,990-19%2,536--$1,060$40,055,4551Universal
2Now You See Me$2,433,6931%3,02095$806$65,767,9002Lionsgate / Summit
3Fast & Furious 6$2,072,205-4%3,77185$550$207,032,3803Universal
4The Internship$1,815,568-11%3,366--$539$21,171,9171Fox
5Epic$1,450,4731%3,594-300$404$86,810,2723Fox
6Star Trek Into Darkness$1,378,3853%3,152-433$437$202,578,9284Paramount
7After Earth$1,228,770-1%3,4010$361$48,575,8332Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$847,163-7%3,242-323$261$104,095,9823Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$654,328-2%2,351-544$278$395,606,6916Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$603,2670%2,160-475$279$137,373,9785Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$137,9744%5801$238$18,860,3397Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$109,4511%414-92$264$181,866,31112Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$42,475-12%370-131$115$93,015,7729Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$32,7804%298-59$110$88,538,1408Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$27,9020%23687$118$98,166,65012FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$25,7063%236-50$109$121,950,86211Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$21,55616%182-86$118$56,588,42617Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$14,23121%1309$109$9,149,8575Lionsgate
9The Place Beyond the Pines$11,2594%13431$84$21,277,56711Focus
10Pain and Gain$11,1475%175-32$64$49,237,6517Paramount
11Quartet$6,82951%11497$60$18,313,48622Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$25,393-12%4440$577$348,8662CBS Films
2The East$21,122-15%4137$515$382,0302Fox Searchlight
3Stories We Tell$16,9722%7031$242$1,125,1975Roadside Attractions
4Kon-Tiki$14,3600%751$191$1,105,2867Weinstein Company
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$12,947-14%5--$2,589$199,9581Roadside Attractions
6Born to Be Wild 3D$7,95884%300$265$22,772,524114Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Sapphires$7,24916%55-3$132$2,289,74612Weinstein Company
8The Big Wedding$6,98841%92-34$76$21,385,8847Lionsgate
9To the Arctic 3D$6,83244%520$131$12,766,05360Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Lost and Found in Armenia$6,765-9%9--$752$64,0691High Top Releasing
11Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$5,27312%29-9$182$455,8666eOne Films US
12We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$4,641-8%2514$186$138,3693Focus World
13Jack the Giant Slayer$3,924-3%58-85$68$65,179,82915Warner Bros. / New Line
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,462-12%11--$224$31,1931eOne Films US
15Scary Movie 5$2,1192%510$42$31,438,0519Weinstein / Dimension
16Not Today$1,84467%191$97$281,4509Freestyle Releasing
17Tiger Eyes$1,343-4%17--$79$13,6091Freestyle Releasing
18Hello Herman$508-24%15--$34$7,1641Freestyle Releasing
19From Up on Poppy Hill$448-22%10-2$45$994,53313GKIDS
20Emperor$26232%5-1$52$3,345,78014Roadside Attractions
21Spring Breakers$192-40%5-35$38$14,124,28613A24
22Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$16100%3--$5$2,5362Cinema Purgatorio